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)
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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After you have completed the application, students must log into their new online account to complete the section titled "Registration Details".
A recent school transcript or report card showing the applicant's grades/courses from at least one marking period within the last calendar year.
A signed campus-specific Terms of Agreement.
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.
SOCAPA offers a Room & Board option at all of our campuses.
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.
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.
Our founding faculty are still running their respective departments.
Ben Arthur (Music Program Director) BFA, University of Virginia
Singer-songwriter who has released six albums. Performed on national television and the interna- tionally syndicated radio program Acoustic Café. Has shared the stage with Dave Matthews, Tori Amos, Bruce Hornsby, Shawn Colvin, Toots and the Maytals, and Sophie B. Hawkins. Featured on NPR’s “Song of the Day” with On a Sunday. Hosts and co-produces the video series Dubway Days. Originally from Virginia. [benarthur.com]
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.
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.
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.
The High School level of supervision provides highly structured evening and weekend activities throughout the program. During limited amounts of free time, which is typically between 5 and 7pm daily, students may sign out to explore the surrounding area inside specific boundaries set by staff, get supplies, or scout photo and film locations using the Buddy System. In addition, the Buddy System allows students to have some independence during class time and structured evening/weekend activities by allowing them to explore limited surrounding areas while still being with the larger group. For example, when the group goes to the MOMA or to the Farmer's Market, students arrive with a counselor and then are given an hour and a half to two hours to explore the event with a buddy or small group before meeting with the counselor again for a check in.
Film Program Director, New York City
MFA Film, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Has worked in the film industry as a cinematographer, an editor, and a writer/director. First short film was an Official Sundance Selection in 1996 and has won awards at festivals worldwide. First feature, "Spin the Bottle," was released by TLA Releasing in 2001. Taught for over five years as a Professor of Film at Long Island University. Originally from Vermont.
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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.
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.
Our residence hall, classrooms, studios, theaters and cafeteria are all within a few blocks of one another in the vibrant neighborhood between South Street Seaport, Wall Street, and Broadway. Students are walking distance to Pier 17, Battery Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, Little Italy, Tribeca, and Soho.
The modern 182 Broadway residence hall features two or three beds per room with a shared bathroom. Rooms are furnished with a standard twin bed, desk, chair, dresser and wardrobe for each student. Amenities include rooms that are wired for Ethernet (need to bring your own cable), WiFi broadband access, and central air conditioning. The 4th floor common area includes a student lounge, a quiet study area, a game room, meeting/screening rooms, a kitchen, laundry facilities, a fitness center and staff offices.
SOCAPA's optional meal plan for 182 Broadway residential students includes a welcome dinner on the town and breakfast and lunch in our cafeteria Monday through Friday. Students are responsible for their own dinners and weekend meals. The South Street Seaport area around the dormitory boasts one of the most diverse and reasonably priced concentrations of delis, street vendors, cafés and restaurants anywhere in the world so students have a plethora of choices for dinners and weekend meals. Prices can vary from two-dollar falafels and slices of pizza to twelve dollar sit down sushi combo dinners. We make it a point to recommend a wide variety of our favorite New York cheap eats and to encourage our students to try something they can't get at home. We generally recommend a total of $140/week to cover dinners and weekend meals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day students are encouraged and welcome (but not required) to attend any of our structured evening and weekend activities at no extra charge.
Check in and Registration is held at 182 Broadway at the corner of Broadway and John Street. The building entrance is on John Street.
Take the A/C, 4/5, 2/3 or J to Fulton Street.orTake the R to Cortlandt.
Our staff only service airport transfers on the first and last days of each session. We will greet you at the baggage claim area for your flight wearing a SOCAPA t-shirt and holding a sign with your name, and drop you at your airline's check-in counter when you leave; unfortunately, we cannot escort you beyond security.
Please note that you must fill out the online Travel Form at least 2 WEEKS PRIOR to the start of the program.
There is a fee of $75 per airport transfer to JFK and LGA, and $95 for EWR. There is an additional fee of $150 for R/T unaccompanied minor service.
If you have made air arrangements outside our scheduled dates, times, or airports we service, you will need to arrange for transportation from the airport to the residence hall.
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, 2018. 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:
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.