Two Pace University students walking across the Brooklyn Bridge

The Precollege Summer Immersion Program is committed to expanding your horizons through a variety of specialized course work. On your application, you are asked to choose from one of the majors offered. You will be selected for the Precollege Summer Immersion Program based on the strength of your application. We will pay particular attention to your essay, in which you are asked to describe why you have chosen your major.

Program Majors

  • Have you ever wondered how a small Seattle coffee shop went on to becoming the world's largest coffee house chain or how a computer maker that almost went out of business in the late 90s is now the world's largest publicly traded company. We will address these and many more interesting questions surrounding the makers of the products and services we consume. Along the way, we will examine the parts of a business including finance, accounting, management and marketing and their interplay. You will put what you learn to practice by running a coffee shop. Your business decisions will have a direct impact on the sales and profits of this coffee shop.

    The key to making good business decisions is making sense of data. In the second week, we will explore, clean, analyze and present the data that drives successful corporations in this data-driven world. However, analyzing data should not be hard. We will make it easy by visualizing data with graphs and charts using popular data visualization software like Tableau. You will learn how to derive insights from data and translate them into visual data stories.

  • Cinematic Storytelling: An Introduction to Filmmaking on Location

    Through a study of the technology, art, and history of filmmaking, you will learn about the underlying principles, aesthetics, and techniques of film production. This course will introduce students with little or no previous knowledge of video and film to basic technical and aesthetic concepts related to cinematic storytelling and motion picture production on location.

    Through readings, lectures, screenings, analysis, and group discussions, you'll gain a knowledge of the three stages of filmmaking: pre-production, production, and post-production, as they have evolved over the last century and how they exist today in the motion picture industry.

    You'll then apply what you've learned by producing your own media. You will write, produce, edit, and screen a short narrative video or photo project. Emphasis will be placed on constructing character and telling stories through composition, cinematography, sound, and editing. You will present your project to the class for discussion and then present your project in a public screening.

    Topics include: screenwriting, storyboarding, image design, sound design, basics of cinematography, casting, filming on location, editing, and the exhibition/screening of work.

  • This course attempts to answer the existential questions: Why do people think and act in the ways that they do? To answer that, we will explore the psychology of human motivation, learning, and development. As we do so, we will encounter important issues in evolutionary psychology, human motivation, identity, morality, health, critical thinking, scientific/mathematical thinking, and problem solving. This, in turn, will lead us into an exploration of important psychological/philosophical questions that we must answer in our own lives: What is the meaning of life? How can we find happiness? Why do we do what we do (even sometimes when we know we shouldn't)? How do we best learn new things?

    In exploring these issues and questions we will study the works of important researchers such as Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, John Dewey, Howard Gardner, Erik Erikson, Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, B.F. Skinner, Mary Ainsworth, Charles Darwin, Maria Montessori, James Marcia, Lawrence Kohlber, Abraham Maslow, Urie Bronfenbrenner, and George Poyla. Their ideas present us with great starting points for understanding the human mind and human behavior.

    In addition to reading and discussing these thinkers and their work, students in this track will also conduct several observation-based studies of human behavior. The purpose of this course is to change the way you view yourself and provide different lenses for viewing the world around you.

  • Pace University is home to one of the Top 30 College Acting/Performing Arts Programs in the US according to OnStage Blog. Consistently the most popular track in the Precollege Immersion Program, this theater arts acting track allows students to learn from the best—and see if they have what it takes to make it in the industry.

    Acting For Stage and Camera

    The acting for stage and camera program is a rigorous two-week intensive experience in which students learn to fully unleash their potential, truth, imagination, and creative energy. Students are taught acting by current Pace School of Performing Arts faculty and are offered unique professional guidance by performing arts professionals—all of whom are active artists in the field—in New York City, the entertainment capital of the world. Our talented students bring a wide range of experience, and our faculty are well-versed in recognizing these levels, and meeting students where they are at.

    The morning session covers a physical and ensemble-based approach to theater, influenced by the teachings of Jacques Lecoq and Vsevolod Meyerhold. In these sessions, students are introduced to the fundamentals of collaborative performance—an essential training tool for all actors working towards any mode of performance—and begin to experience the fundamentals of creating original work.

    The afternoon session has a double focus on script-based narrative storytelling using the Stanislavski’s System and his American disciples of the 20th Century as the central method of study, and a dynamic approach to monologues. Students will learn how to develop a character, analyze a text, uncover the playwright’s intention, and discover the truthful life of a character.

    Throughout the two-week intensive immersion, students will work on preparing two contrasting monologues and will perform these in a showcase presentation to an invited audience of their peers and select Pace faculty. The work that they do will also help to prepare them for any subsequent college auditions. A comprehensive list of monologues will be provided by the instructors 3-4 weeks prior to the beginning of the program.