Set The Stage Co-Op Initiative

Xavier University of Louisiana, founded by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, is Catholic and historically Black. The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. This preparation takes place in a diverse learning and teaching environment that incorporates all relevant educational means, including research and community service.

The Mass Communication Department offers students a wide liberal arts background and a core of communications courses that prepare students for either graduate school or positions in the media industry. Mass Communication majors follow a curriculum designed to allow students to concentrate in one of three areas of mass communication: print journalism, broadcasting or public relations. The Communication Studies Department is committed to the promotion of social justice through its curriculum, research, and community service. The program attempts to equip students for the responsibilities of global citizenship, leadership, and service in an increasingly complex world that requires sophisticated theoretical, critical, and practical understanding of human communication. Communication Studies courses focus on communication processes found in both the humanities and the social sciences in the following areas: Applied Communication, Communication and Culture, and Performance Studies.

The Xavier University Mass Communications and Communications Studies Departments, both offering a Bachelor of Arts degree, provide the perfect vehicle to introduce local teens to an industry that has catapulted Louisiana to the top spot for film production in the United States. Last year, the film industry in Louisiana brought over $510,000,000.00 of revenue to our local economies. Further, the industry has had a significant positive impact on employment in our state. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough trained professionals in the film industry to capitalize on the variety of consistent employment opportunities available in the film industry. These two programs in the Xavier University Humanities Department have agreed to provide faculty instructors, student assistants and volunteers as needed, classroom space, technical equipment training and access, cafeteria facilities, and lecture hall space to the Smothers Academy, Incorporated/NORDC Summer Media Arts Teen Camp a Nolatown ‘Set The Stage’ Co-Op Initiative.

Smothers Academy, Incorporated, a Nolatown Cooperative Partner, is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to provide opportunities to underserved members of the New Orleans and surrounding communities. With activities ranging from a proposed public college preparatory charter school for boys to a media arts job training program, the primary purpose of Smothers Academy, Incorporated is to provide opportunities to children from underserved communities. In an effort to introduce New Orleans area teens ages 13-16 to the media arts we’ve developed a comprehensive introductory film production program that will provide our summer program participants with a basic knowledge of film production while being supervised and trained in the process of producing their own short film. Teen campers will exercise complete autonomy and creative license during the various phases of film production while maintaining adherence to strict deadlines and production schedules.

At the conclusion of our Media Arts Teen Camp each group of campers will display their work product at our culminating event, the Set The Stage Smothers Academy Media Arts Teen Camp Film Festival.

  • Introduction to Film Arts
    An introductory course in film arts that explores visual, audio and narrative elements that are essential to understanding how films communicate. This course explores the interpretations of the intentional effects visual, audio and narrative media and their uses for provoking thought and conveying specific messages.
  • Beginning Film Production
    Short films are produced, edited, screened, and analyzed. Attention is also given to professional film making techniques. Teen Campers are supervised in the production of short group video production projects (lecture and laboratory).
  • Introduction to Digital Technology
    An introduction to the applications and techniques of digital imaging technology. Students develop a basic understanding of the fundamentals of computer post-production applications as they relate to film and video image/sound recording (lecture and laboratory).
  • Health and Nutrition
    Students are instructed in basic concepts of diet, nutrition and exercise. Among other health and nutrition topics, students will be introduced to making healthy choices, exploring food groups, dietary variety, adequate hydration, portion control, exercise, and proper body mechanics.

Contact us today to discuss any questions you have about the Media Arts Teen Camp. Click the banner below to REGISTER or CALL US at 504.322.4500.

Registration is NOW OPEN for the Summer 2015!