University College to Offer Summer Courses to High School Students

News Story: July 1, 2011

Sacred Heart University is offering summer courses to high school students through University College.  “The response from area students has been very exciting,” said Angela Pitcher, director of Summer/Winter and Special Programs.  “The opportunity to offer academic pre-college programs to local students is a wonderful way for families to experience a taste of college.”

Three one- week courses are available. A Financial Literacy Program will be offered free of charge while Gaming and Animation and Video Production each cost $495. All three courses are open to rising high school juniors and seniors. Pitcher plans to expand the program next summer to include pre-college courses where high school students can earn college credits.

The Financial Planning Program will run from July 18-22 and is offered in conjunction with the Financial Planning Association of Fairfield County and the National Endowment for Financial Education. This pilot program will teach students the necessary skills to manage their personal financial affairs and establish good financial habits that they will carry into their adult lives. Topics will include making a financial plan, budgeting, good and bad debt, investing, insurance and more.
Gaming and Animation students will create and build their own original computer game. Students will begin by learning the basics of digital animation and character development. They will learn to storyboard ideas, convert them to digital format, build a game and upload it to a Web site. The class will take place in the University’s computer lab, which is equipped with state-of-the-art software. Sacred Heart’s game design program has been recognized by the Princeton Review, in a partnership with GamePro magazine, on the Top 50 Undergraduate Game Design Programs list. 

Two sessions of this course are still available from July 25-29 and August 1-5. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily with a half hour break.

The Video Production course provides an introduction to basic video production techniques. Students will learn to shoot, capture and edit their own projects. In addition to technical skills, such as editing, shooting HD video and using Final Cut Pro, the course will introduce the creative language of fiction and non-fiction filmmaking. Students will complete a video during the course. Sacred Heart’s video production course has been named an “outstanding program” by the Princeton Review and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Guide to Television, Film and Digital Media Programs.

This program will be offered August 8-12. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. Classroom space is limited for all of these courses, so if you are interested in registering, please do so at the following link: Pre-College Program