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School of Film & Media Arts Launches 2022 Odyssey Program

CSU’s School of Film & Media Arts Launches 2022 Odyssey ProgramRange of filmmaking offerings for high school students inspired to become tomorrow’s storytellers; introduces scholarship for four CSMD students

CLEVELAND (January 20, 2022) – Want to be the next Wes Anderson, Ava DuVernay or Greta Gerwig? The Odyssey Program at Cleveland State University’s School of Film & Media Arts is inspiring a new generation of creative talent with offerings for high school students interested in learning filmmaking beginning this month and running through the summer.

From one-day Saturday workshops covering a variety of filmmaking topics, to immersive in-person one- and three-week summer camps (including some residential experiences), Odyssey provides experiential learning opportunities for young film fanatics of all skill levels.

CSU’s School of Film & Media Arts Launches 2022 Odyssey Program“The program, housed at the state-of-the-art facilities of CSU School of Film & Media Arts, offers a project-based, hands-on curriculum delivered by industry professionals and seasoned educators,” said Cigdem Slankard, interim director of CSU’s School of Film & Media Arts. “It's extremely rewarding to witness young storytellers explore their voice and vision in such an immersive program.”

Students get behind-the-scenes and learn how the film industry works through special guest lectures, site visits and experiential learning in real-world media environments and in the school’s 36,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility located atop the Idea Center at Playhouse Square.

CSU’s School of Film & Media Arts Launches 2022 Odyssey ProgramOutside of class, residential Odyssey summer students get a preview of college life at CSU’s Euclid Commons residence hall, experiencing Cleveland’s robust cultural offerings through scheduled trips and activities. Those who live local can register for day camp options.

In December 2021, grant funding fron the Andrews Foundation provided to cover one week of the Odyssey residential program for four qualified Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) students per summer who demonstrate financial need.

Applications (including a short essay and letter of recommendation) will be available beginning in February through with a March 31 deadline. Visit the website for a complete schedule of Saturday workshops and immersions, fees and more.


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