High School Studio Program for Outstanding High School Students

Madison, NJ (February 26, 2009) - Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham announces its Summer Scholar’s “High School Studio” program for outstanding high school sophomores, juniors and seniors wishing to get a head start on their college educations. As an FDU summer scholar and participant in the High School Studio Program, participants get a sneak preview of college life and learning at FDU.

This art-intensive week features courses where students can earn up to two college credits. Students may select from credit or non-credit courses. The High School Studio Program will run from Monday, July 13, 2009 to Friday July 17, 2009.  All the classes in this program are taught by FDU faculty who are working professional artists.

Film and theater courses offered from July 13-17 for non-credit include “Film – Write Your Movie” and “Theater Acting Intensive: Introduction to Acting Techniques” 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. “Film - Make Your Movie” and “Theater - Acting for Film and TV” will be held from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Students can enroll in one course for a half-day, or two courses for a full day. The cost is $375 for one non-credit course, $700 for both sessions. A non-refundable deposit of $150 is due with the non-credit application. 

The following courses each carry two credits and will be held from July 13-17, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Animation - For the Gaming Generation” with John Scalera focuses on design and creation of 3D models and animation as it relates to interactive-game production. John Scalera is an artist/animator and a member of the New York Chapter of the Graphic Arts Guild. He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“Graphics - from Mock-up to Live: Designing from Prototype to Web Page” with John Cinco brings together design and creation of a Web-page model through graphics-animation software and exporting files to prepare for live Web page delivery. John Cinco is a graduate computer art alumnus, visual artist and graphic designer. He has served at Nickelodeon Digital Animation studios and holds an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts.

“Studio Art -The Figure in Art: 2D and 3D” with Judy Moonelis will investigate portraiture and the figure in art with hands-on instruction in drawing, painting, woodcut prints, mixed media and ceramic sculpture. It is an excellent opportunity for portfolio building. Judy Moonelis is a renowned artist, winning international reviews and the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. She holds an M.F.A. from New York College of Ceramics, Alfred University.

For credit-bearing courses, interested students should have a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average. The application must be accompanied by a high-school transcript, standardized test scores (if available) and a letter of reference from a teacher or school official. The priority application deadline is April 15 ($40 application fee is waived) and regular application deadline is June 15 (include $40 application fee). Classes are limited to 20 students in order to guarantee personal attention from FDU faculty. The program cost is $1,000 for a two-credit course with a technology or art fee included.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Summer Scholars program website at http://www.fdu.edu/summerteens, contact us by email at summer@fdu.edu or call the Summer Scholar’s Program Office at 1-800-338-3887. The program can also be reached by writing to: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Summer Scholars Program, 1000 River Road, H-Dh1-02, Teaneck, NJ 07666.


For Immediate Release



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