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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

  • Week 1: Introduction to Business

    This course module will give a broad overview of a business and its various functions: finance, accounting, management, and marketing. We will identify and describe the parts of a business, explore interrelationships between business functions, highlight the use of data analysis in guiding business decisions, and examine various aspects of a business such as relevance of market share, the role of production, and types of expenses and their impact on revenue. A business simulation will provide students with an opportunity to experience the impact of business decisions and competition on profits and sales.

    Week 2: Choose from Two Options

    Introduction to Arts and Entertainment Management

    This Summer Scholar’s course will examine the management concepts, theories and processes used in the arts and entertainment industry (not-for-profits and for profit organizations). This course will introduce students to business principles and concepts - in particular, the effectiveness and efficiency of the businesses, planning and decision making, organizing and organizational design, leading and group dynamics, and operational control. It will increase student awareness and understanding of the industry’s business practices and current trends taking place within the industry as well as the career path/opportunities that arts and entertainment industry has to offer.

    Data Visualization

    Traditional methods and tools for data analysis are daunting for most business undergraduates. At the same time companies are placing a huge premium on business students with strong analytical skills. Fortunately, modern data visualization tools have made it possible to easily navigate through the data analysis pipeline from wrangling to analyzing. One of the key skills for a business student is to communicate insights from quantitative analysis in a clear but compelling manner. By making use of popular data visualization tools like Tableau, this course will overcome student inertia towards analyzing data and enable them to tell effective stories with data.

    This course is designed to develop skills in getting, exploring, manipulating, analyzing, and presenting business data using data visualizations. Specifically, this course will teach the student how to:

    • visually explore, manipulate and analyze data
    • communicate analysis results using effective visualizations
    • develop skills in converting data and information into insights and decisions
    • tell compelling stories with data
    • use data visualization software (e.g., Tableau).
  • Cinematic Storytelling: An Introduction to Filmmaking on Location (online)

    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.

    To see current students' work from Pace University's Film and Screen Studies Department, check out the Spring 2020 Virtual Student Film Festival!

  • Why do people think and act in the ways that they do?

    The Psychology of Human Motivation, Learning, and Development

    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 somethimes 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.

    Directing

    The directing program provides creative strategies for students to develop their skills in narrative storytelling and dramatic action. This course shall define the art of directing and the role of the DIRECTOR Students will experiment the concept and execution of directing in a process oriented manner and will work through technique exercises, textual analysis, and studio directing work at a pace that supports development. In a practical step-by-step process, the director will learn how to work on the play before rehearsals, begin how to work in reading rehearsals around the table, how to speak to the actors about the play and about the production, how to help the actors develop characters, how to deal with acting problems, how to create blocking, and how to work with all of the arts of stage design. Students will have a full understanding of how to examine a scene in the context of a play, to analyze circumstances and how to advance the characters in the progression toward their objectives. Some sessions will be held together with acting and creative writing students. The course will culminate with an open session on the last day of class in which each student will present a scene from a play ( either published or new work) and will deliver a directorial pitch of a short play. A comprehensive list of plays and scenes will be provided by the instructors 3-4 weeks prior to the beginning of the program.

    Creative Writing For The Stage

    All dramatic writing employs essential ideas and techniques to bring out the drama in any narrative. In preparation for writing new material, students who take this course will learn how to read and understand plays as blueprints for live performance; how to do a very close reading of a text that uncovers and identifies dramatic action (events), through line, character motivation, and thematic meanings; how to examine the world of a play—the given circumstances—including the relevant cultural, political, historical, religious, and ethnic contexts of any story. Students will work together through reading, writing, research, and discussion, analyzing representative full-length and one-act plays to acquire and secure a practical approach to mastering theater texts. The course will culminate with an open session on the last day of class in which each participant will have their work read by cast of student/actors. A comprehensive list of recommended material will be provided by the instructors 3-4 weeks prior to the beginning of the program.