How to Apply

Application Deadline: Rolling
Application Fee: [$500 Non-Refundable Deposit]
Payment Due in Full: April 1 (for applications started before April 1st)
(After April 1st, payment due in full upon completion of application.)

(Please note, some courses may fill in January. Others, due to last minute cancellations, may remain open until two weeks prior to the course. We highly recommend early applications as space is competitive and limited)

Typical Scholarship Awards: Awards range from $250 - $1000.

Through a special partnership with Marlboro College, students in SOCAPA’s Filmmaking, Acting and Photography programs can earn three college credits upon successful completion of a three week program. Our three week courses have been designed to meet college level accreditation standards and have been approved by Marlboro College for students to receive three general art credits for an additional fee of $405.

Unfortunately, we do not have scholarship funds available for our international students.

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Filmmaking Summer Intensives

Digital Photography

2 & 3wk
  • 2wk .... $2,695
  • 3wk .... $3,895
  • New York, Los Angeles, Vermont
  • 13-15
  • 16-18

Find a Course and select "Apply Now!"

Continue the application process Online


Fill out a Paper Application
(Please allow up to three weeks for paper application processing)

$500 Deposit

A $500 nonrefundable deposit is required to secure your place in a SOCAPA course. This deposit is applied to the cost of the tuition.

Payment required only upon completion of the online application.

If there no openings in a course or you are not accepted to the program, 100% of your deposit will be returned.

Cancellations and/or failure to submit documentation required to attend a SOCAPA course will not receive a return of the deposit, as explained in the Terms of Agreement.

You may pay the deposit through your online account using a credit card (MasterCard or Visa) or you may send in a personal check or wire transfer after you complete the online application. Please contact our office for wire transfer details.


On Thursday, students have their first Editing Class. The editing teacher gives a demonstration of the software and then the students cut their first films, under the direct supervision of their instructor, right in class. Extra editing time is available for those who need it. On Friday, there is an in-class critique of all the first films in the morning. In the afternoon, the students are back in their writing and directing classes, preparing for their second week projects. That night, the whole camp gathers in the theater to watch the first week "Showcase Screening" of all the completed student films.

room & board

Room & Board

SOCAPA offers a Room & Board option at all of our campuses.

New York City
182 Broadway Residence Hall
[ Room Only: $715/wk ]
[ Room & Board: $810/wk ]

Optional meal plan includes breakfast/lunch in our cafeteria, Monday through Friday. Students are responsible for purchasing their own dinners and weekend meals. We recommend $140/wk to cover dinners and weekend meals.

Parent Statement

Please provide any additional information you believe important in our assessment of your family's need. In addition, please provide a realistic estimate of how much you can contribute to the cost of the program. Please remember that SOCAPA cannot help with Room and Board or Travel.

Statements without this estimate will not be considered.

Two-Week Camps:

Acting, Dance & Music: $2195
Film: $2695, Screenwriting: $1995
Photo: Digital Only: $2495, Digital & Darkroom: $2695
*Tuition above is for our NYC and LA Campuses. Two-Week Tuition is $100 Less for All Programs at our Vermont Campus

About Marlboro College

Marlboro College is a fully accredited small liberal arts school in southern Vermont. Home to 300 undergraduates, Marlboro empowers students with the freedom and responsibility to create an individualized course of study in collaboration with faculty members and to participate in a self-governing community. Instead of traditional majors, students pursue a self-designed Plan of Concentration based on their academic interests that culminates in a major work of scholarship. Marlboro College offers degree programs in Theater, Film/Video and Photography.

Why take a course for credit?

Your college application: Many colleges want to know if the students they accept will be successful in the college environment. Taking a pre-college summer intensive like SOCAPA’s programs is one indication that you are. Being able to check off that you have taken a college-level course on the Common Application and submitting your official Marlboro College transcript certainly bolsters your college application.
Having extra credits in your pocket: You never know when having three extra credits in your pocket may come in handy once you go off to school.

Cancellation Policy

SOCAPA reserves the right to cancel or alter some aspect of a program, including program itinerary, dates, location or duration, as a result of unforeseen circumstances, or for any other reason. SOCAPA is not responsible for costs incurred by a student’s family in preparing for a program that is altered or cancelled. Student and parent/guardian acknowledge that if student is dismissed or departs for any reason, or chooses to return early from the program, no refunds can be granted. Further, student and parent/guardian are responsible for any and all costs of early departure whether for medical reasons, dismissal, personal emergencies or otherwise. These costs include, but may not be limited to medical evacuation and costs, medical treatment, plane, train, taxi or bus fare, meals, accommodations, and compensation and expenses for staff that may accompany student. Parent/guardian should understand that staff might not accompany students leaving early for any reason on any part of their trip home. In addition, if parent/guardian cannot be reached when and if their teen returns home early, the Emergency Contact Person designated on your SOCAPA application will be contacted for notification and communication purposes.

How to Submit Application and Materials

1) Find a course you would prefer to attend and select "Apply Now".

2) Continue application process online but do not pay the $500 non-refundable deposit if attendance is contingent on financial aid.

3) Submit all required documents for the online application

4) Create a single PDF file containing all your Scholarship application materials.

5) In your new SOCAPA user account click the box titled "Scholarship Application" to upload the single PDF file.

Contact Campus!

Need to contact a student or our staff, or submit a document? Use the information below.

Click for our Admission Offices and Contact details!

TOLL FREE USA: 800.718.2787
LOCAL NY + NON-USA: 646.828.3558
FAX: 646.536.8725
Email: [email protected]

Lumiere Film (week 1)

In a single shot of up to one minute, the student tells a simple story with a clear beginning, middle, and end. The project takes its name from the first films by the 19th-century pioneers of early cinema, Pierre and August Lumière. Students have two hours to shoot this film.

Filmmaking Faculty

SOCAPA offers small classes and an accomplished teaching staff comprised of industry professionals with recent and ongoing production experience. Drawn from some of the top universities and film schools, including the Ivy League, USC, the American Film Institute, NYU, and Columbia, the instructors at SOCAPA guide the students through the program with delicacy and skill.


Additional classes, screenings and final showcases are held at New York University's Metrotech Campus or at the nearby Kumble Performing Arts Center. Our Brooklyn facilities include the Pfizer Auditorium (300 Seats) the Kumble Theater (350 Seats), dance studios, screening rooms, a black box theater, digital design labs, a photography studio, two photography darkrooms and our main cafeteria.

Snap Shot Thornbush Mt Burlington The Method The Last Token Screenwriting Project
Film Overview
11a-3p: Airport Arrivals
1-4p: Dormitory Check-in
5-6p: Welcome Dinner
6-7p Film Program Orientation - Meet & Greet with Teachers
7-8:30p: All Programs Orientation
9:30p: Dormitory Floor Meetings & Orientation
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in

NYU Othmer Residence Hall:

Housing For

  • All Session 1 & 2 students
  • All High School students (ages 13-15) during Sessions 3 & 4.
  • All students attending one or two week programs during Sessions 3 & 4.

The Dorms

182 Broadway New York University's Othmer Residence hall features two bedroom suites which house four students, two per room. Each suite has a private bathroom, shower and sink. Amenities include rooms that are wired for Ethernet (need to bring your own cable), WiFi broadband access, and central air conditioning. The Dorm also has study rooms, student lounges with TVs, a computer room with internet access, 24-hour security, card-operated laundry facilities, and great views of Manhattan.

Meal Plan

SOCAPA's meal plan in Brooklyn includes an opening night dinner on the town and three meals a day Monday through Friday. SOCAPA students are responsible for their own meals on weekends. Most of SOCAPA's meals will be held in NYU's modern dining hall, a great place to meet and chat with new friends. Sit back and relax with a delicious meal while reflecting on your classes or preparing for your next production. Located at the north end of the first floor of Rogers Hall, the new dining facility seats approximately 300 individuals and has a nice view of the Metrotech Commons just outside. On Thursday afternoons, Celebrate Brooklyn hosts blues, funk and reggae concerts on the Metrotech Commons. Previous acts have included The Wailers of Bob Marley fame. There are nice restaurants on the Commons including Sushi, Chinese, Metro Cafe, Starbucks, Five Guys Burgers and an Au Bon Pain.

How much is Room and Board?

Day Students:

The Dorms

Students who live locally or who have friends/family to stay with in New York City are welcome to attend the program as Day Students. Day Students commute to campus each day and return home each evening and thus do not pay the Room & Board portion of our fees.

Depending on the program, most class activities begin at 9am and end at 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Meal Plan

Day students can purchase a set number of meals at the SOCAPA office, bring a bagged lunch, or eat at any number of the numerous resturants surrounding campus. Day students are not admitted to the Pace cafeteria, but there are attitional dinning spaces outside and around campus. Resident students can take their meals from the cafeteria to eat with their friends.

Day students eating at the NYU cafeteria are welcome to eat in the cafeteria with or without purchasing a meal.

Extra Curricular

Day students are encouraged and welcome (but not required) to attend any of our structured evening and weekend activities at no extra charge.

Payment Policy, Deposit, Tuition & Refunds:

A non-refundable, $500 deposit, applied to the tuition, is required to secure a spot in each of SOCAPA’s Summer Programs. The final tuition balance is due April 1, 2019. If we have not received payment by this date, SOCAPA reserves the right to cancel unpaid applicants with no return of fees. For students who apply after April 1, payment is due in full with application. If SOCAPA does not accept a student who has completed their application, all fees will be returned. However, if an applicant does not complete their application and make payment by due date, and this results in SOCAPA cancelling their registration, the applicant forfeits the $500 deposit and fees as per the below timeline:

  • Prior to April 1, 2019, all tuition, except the $500 deposit, is fully refundable.
  • For cancellations between April 1, 2019 and May 1, 2019, we will refund 50% of the tuition and fees.
  • After May 1, there are no refunds, except in the form of camp credit. Camp credit is good towards any of our summer 2020 programs and is transferable to family members with the same last name.
  • In the case that camp credit is issued prior to June 1, 2019 the amount of camp credit will be the amount paid to SOCAPA less a $1000 cancellation fee.
  • For cancellations after June 1, 2019, but two weeks prior to program start dates, camp credit will be issued for one half the amount of the tuition portion of the invoice that remains after the $1000 cancellation fee has been assessed.
  • There will be no refund or camp credit for the Room & Board portion of the invoice after June 1.

The seasonal nature of the program precludes any refund, camp credit, or reduction for late or non-arrival, early withdrawal or student cancellation within two weeks of the program for any cause. Students sent home in violation of our rules, for medical reasons, or at the discretion of the student, family, or SOCAPA will receive no refund.

Parental Concerns: