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College of Mass Communications and Information Studies

Camp Carolina

Camp Carolina is a six-week, intensive skills workshop designed to prepare incoming journalism and mass communications graduate students for advanced, graduate-level courses. The workshop is also designed to provide concentrated study for those individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree in another field and do not wish to pursue a graduate degree but seek to enhance their field of study with journalism and mass communications skills.

Why attend Camp Carolina?

When you enter the job market, you will be competing for jobs against undergraduate degree recipients who have the vital skills employers are seeking. If you become a Camp Carolina student you will have a significant head start on acquiring those skills yourself.

Today an effective communicator requires a professional competency of the written word and an understanding of the theories and skills in visual communication. Your ability to deliver a powerful message in print, video and other media will improve the success of your career.

We call it "Camp Carolina" because it provides the kind of basic training that every mass communications practitioner will need now and in years to come. But it's not exactly boot camp. You'll be working with the latest Macintosh computers and telecommunications equipment in a professional setting. We'll even get together for a party or two!

There's a special bond that develops among Camp Carolina participants. That same bond develops between the "Campers" and their instructors because the students accomplish so much in so little time.

When is the next session of Camp Carolina? July 7 - August 15, 2014
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Weeks One and Two (July 7-18, 2014): Introduction

Introductory writing and computer skills in all areas of journalism and mass communications.

Weeks Three - Five (July 21-August 8, 2014): Specialized Training

Morning Session: Advanced Writing and Presentation Skills
After choosing one of the areas listed below for intensive study, you will continue to learn advanced skills in that area.

• Integrated Communication (Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing)
• Electronic Journalism
• Print Journalism

Afternoon Session: Visual Communications’ Theories, Practices and Skills including

• Theories: Images, color, typography and design
• Skills: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash and Dreamweaver
• Media: Print, presentation, audio, video, web and DVD

Week Six (August 11-15, 2014): Research Statistics

An opportunity to satisfy the statistics requirement for the graduate-level research methods course.


$2,400 ($2,350 plus $50 non-refundable registration fee) for full six week course $475 for statistics week only (final week)

Students may enroll for various sessions during the first five weeks (e.g., visual communications). The cost will be pro-rated depending upon sessions attended.

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