Office of Summer Sessions
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA
UCSB Summer Program for Environmental Media
During this 9-week summer program, students learn elements that are essential to producing documentary films – from developing a film’s core idea and story, to thinking about its impact on its audiences, to the nuts-and-bolts of video production itself. Then, after examining the critical issues of our region’s oceans and seashores, students develop their own stories and produce their own short documentaries. The films premiere at the end of the Blue Horizons program in UCSB’s new Pollock Theater.
In this media-focused world, audiences are bombarded with messages, and are left to try to make sense of an overwhelming amount of information. How can our messages actually cut through the clutter to help motivate new awareness, new behaviors? Which strategies lead to a more effective use of media? Today’s students need a sophisticated sense of how media works and what it does, to become better communicators themselves.
The Blue Horizons summer program brings together students interested in digital media production and environmental studies to learn about important issues of the global ocean from a local, California perspective. A coordinated series of interdisciplinary courses and related activities, Blue Horizons introduces students to scriptwriting; media portrayals of the environment; the biological, socio-economic, and political aspects of marine conservation; and the latest innovations in environmental filmmaking.
Students will gain the skills necessary to communicate effectively with their peers, scientists, policymakers, and the general public by producing short, compelling videos (see Student Success Story below). Issues such as marine protected areas, sustainable fishing, watershed ecosystems, beach erosion, aquaculture, and others will be closely studied, providing a foundation for the research necessary to produce an informative film. Techniques of digital video camera operations, sound gathering, lighting, and editing with industry standard Final Cut Pro will also be covered.
To learn more about the program, explore the department's BLUE HORIZONS website.
This 4-course summer program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines. Questions can be addressed to Natalie Fawcett at fawcett at cftnm.ucsb.edu. To apply, fill out the BLUE HORIZONS Application .
Session A (June 23 - August 1)
Session D (June 23 - July 11)
Session F: (August 4 - 22)