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2022 Summer Camps

Registration closes July 13th, sign up now!

Experience being a coder, filmmaker, health professional, music producer, and more this summer at Villa Maria College! Not sure what you want to be? Our personalized college career assessment camp will help get you on the right track. Exciting week-long sessions are running July 18-July 22. Morning sessions run 8:30 AM – 12:15 PM. Afternoon sessions run 1:00 PM to 4:45 PM.

$350 for Full Days
Attend two sessions of your choice; one in the morning & one in the afternoon. Lunch is included!

$175 for Half Days
One session of your choice. Lunch is provided at an additional cost.

For More Information
Contact Joanna Zadvorney: or 716.961.2868.

Scratch That! (Animation/Game Design)

Morning Session One
Scratch is a visual coding tool. It is a type of block programming which uses graphical blocks to represent programming commands. Students can use Scratch to code their own interactive stories, animation, and games. This platform will also provide sprite assets and opportunities to share your artwork. Students will learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

About the Instructor
Eddie A. Mas is an adjunct Professor for Game Design and the Coach for E-Sports at Villa Maria College.  He holds a Master of Arts degree in Game Design from Full Sail University, a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Arts from Canisius College, and Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from SUNY at Buffalo State.

Exploring the College Student in YOU!

Morning Session Two
Students will spend the week getting to know themselves as learners and future college students. They will have the opportunity to explore their own personal strengths and needs and what majors and future careers align with those strengths.  They will learn how to use their individual strengths to aid in future successes. Students will search for what colleges offer the majors they’re interested in. Students will have the opportunity to fill out real job applications, create their own professional resume and cover letter, search (and apply) for part time jobs. Students will view a real college course syllabus and course requirements to familiarize themselves with college level work. There is no time like the present to prepare for your future!

About the Instructor
Jill Manka is the Career Readiness Specialist for the Achieve Program at Villa Maria College. Jill has created and implemented a Career Readiness Program designed for students to develop and acquire the tools they need throughout their college experience to help them become “career ready” upon graduation. Jill attended Buffalo State College, where she received her bachelors in elementary education and a master’s degree in English education. Jill has dedicated her adult life to helping people gain the tools and independence desired to be a successful college student and eventually a contributing member of the workforce.

Atticus Finch or Katniss Everdeen? (Creative Writing)

Afternoon Session One
Every good story starts with a main character—someone who the reader will stick with through challenge and triumph. Create the main character of your story by discovering everything from what they look like, to what (or who) motivates them, and even what pushes their buttons. Will your character be the hero? The rebel? What does your character represent? You will examine beloved fictional characters to learn about different types of conflict, dialogue, points of view, and more. Additionally, you’ll get to “speed date” different character tropes to understand the traits you like and dislike in a character. Lastly, you’ll get to actively polish your character-building skills with different writing prompts to make your protagonist jump off the page.

About the Instructor
Aryanna Denk holds her BA in English and Creative Writing and her MFA in Creative Writing: Fiction. She has taught many workshops and classes on the craft of writing everything from disability representation to early college composition and short stories. In addition to writing, she has editorial experience as Assistant Fiction Editor of Mid-American Review as well as Poetry Editor of Blanket Sea. She is the author of two novels-in-verse on topics of disability and mental health and has fiction, poetry, and essays published in Lily Poetry Review, The Merrimack Review, Tule Review, Blanket Sea, Healthline, Pain Resource, and others.

And... Action! (Filmmaking)

Afternoon Session Two
In this hands-on camp, students will learn the process of making a short narrative film from concept to execution. Students will learn the basics of screenwriting, on-set production, and post-production skills including video editing and sound design. Students will work with equipment used by Digital Filmmaking students at Villa Maria, including cameras, microphones, and other film equipment needed to complete a short film. Each student will leave the camp with a completed project of their own and will also serve as crew members on other students films.

About the Instructor
Sarah Mann is a Professor in the Digital Filmmaking Program at Villa Maria College. She received both her BA (Bowling Green State University) and MFA (University at Buffalo) in film production and theory and has been on countless film sets, including student productions and big-budget films that have come through Buffalo in the last few years. She believes that everyone has a story to tell and enjoys working with others to bring it to fruition.

Be Pharrell! (Recording Studio)

Afternoon Session Three
Learn the basics with the latest technology. Students will gain a better understanding of digital recording through hands on learning using the latest software and the basics of digital recording. Topics include: learning professional software used in the music industry; gaining an understanding of how music is recorded; microphone techniques; and hands-on recording sessions.

About the Instructor
Anthony Casuccio is a 25-year music industry veteran. From Grammys to gold records, Mozart to Heavy Metal, Hip Hop to House, Anthony has worked with hundreds of musicians mixing and mastering their projects. He has worked on three Grammy nominated albums. His jingle work has been featured in many local and national commercials. Anthony has written and produced numerous top 40 songs that have charted across Europe.

Your Vision: Game Design Concept

Afternoon Session Four
This course will focus on making the proper and creative documentation of Game Design. This documentation will cover how to properly set up the mechanics, the story, and the flow of creating a video game. The students will be able to properly format their game ideas in a cohesive manner.

About the Instructor
Eddie A. Mas is an adjunct Professor for Game Design and the Coach for E-Sports at Villa Maria College. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Game Design from Full Sail University, a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Arts from Canisius College, and Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from SUNY at Buffalo State.

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