The Odyssey Program at Cleveland State University’s School of Film & Media Arts

The Odyssey Program at Cleveland State University’s School of Film & Media Arts offers a variety of immersive summer camps for teens of all skill levels interested in filmmaking. The summer includes four different sessions of one-and-three-week camps with residential and day camp options. Learn more at

General Info:

Address: 1375 Euclid Ave, 6th floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (216) 687-5087
Gender of Campers: Co-ed
Dates: Odyssey Program Experiential Three Week Summer Camp – June 13-July 1, 2022; Odyssey Intensive: Acting and Directing – July 11-17, 2022; Odyssey Intensive: Documentary Production – July 18-24, 2022; Odyssey Intensive: Screenwriting – July 25-31, 2022
Hours: Day camp hours: 9am-5pm
Ages: 13-18

Q&A with The Odyssey Program: 

What makes The Odyssey Program unique?

Perfect for young film enthusiasts, the Odyssey Program offers a well-rounded slate of film-centric activities that build practical film production skills as well as offer a window into the film industry at large. In addition to the talented and experienced School of Film & Media Arts faculty and staff, who act as the main instructors for the camps, the special guest workshops and talks offer unique exposure to working film professionals. Last year’s camps featured special guest visits and workshops from professional screenwriters, location scouts, film composers, special effects makeup artists, and a costume designer for Saturday Night Live.

What activities are offered at The Odyssey Program?

Through interactive workshops, film screenings, focused activities, and visits from special guest speakers, Odyssey participants learn storytelling, screenwriting, acting, directing, cinematography, editing and much more as they create their own original films in a fun and collaborative environment.

During the in-person summer camps, students see behind the scenes and learn how the film industry actually works through special guest lectures and site visits to real-world media environments. Outside of class, residential students get a preview of college life by staying in Cleveland State University dorms and experiencing Cleveland’s robust cultural offerings through scheduled trips and activities.

All campers work on individual and group projects throughout camp and are provided with copies of their completed creative work at the conclusion of the experience.

What is the camper-to-counselor ratio?

There is one instructor and one camp counselor for every 10 campers.

How much time do the campers spend outside?

Excluding walk time to and from the Student Center for breakfast and lunch, weekday activities are mainly conducted inside the School of Film & Media Arts facilities.

Does The Odyssey Program provide meals or do parents need to provide them?

All meals are provided for residential students and breakfast and lunch is provided for day camp students.

What is the typical daily schedule for campers?

Day campers attend sessions Monday-Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

9:00 – 10:00 am: Camper drop-off and breakfast
10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Morning Workshop
1:00 – 2:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 – 5:00 pm: Afternoon Workshop (Pickup at 5:00 pm)

How old are the counselors and how are they trained?

The counselors are typically aged 19-22 and are all currently enrolled students at the School of Film & Media Arts at Cleveland State University.

What accommodations are made for campers with special needs?

Extra attention can be provided to any camper who needs it. Arrangements for accommodations can be arranged through consultation with the program coordinator at [email protected]

Is this an overnight camp?


Overnight Camp Questions:

What does the camper’s living situation look like?

Residential students stay in dorm accommodations located in CSU’s state-of-the-art Euclid Commons.

Along with its easy access to the University campus, Euclid Commons accommodations include:

24-hour community desk
Game Room with billiards
On-site laundry facilities
Study areas
On-site dining location
Computer lab and conference rooms
On-site community assistant staff
Cable television and high speed internet
Fully equipped kitchen
Fully furnished units: Private bedrooms with full sized bed, dresser, closet, desk, and chair

How do parents and campers communicate?

Campers retain their personal cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices throughout their stay and are free to communicate with their parents whenever they wish.

How does The Odyssey Program handle homesickness?

Camp counselors are trained to address homesickness as it arises, giving special attention to campers who might be struggling to adjust to camp life and encouraging comraderie among the group. Counselors are also instructed to inform the program coordinator of all issues regarding camper behavior and adjustment and the coordinator can make special accommodations to camper needs, if required.

What are the meals like at The Odyssey Program?

Campers can choose from the multiple dining options in Cleveland State University’s Student Center for breakfast and lunch during the week:
Crafted by an experienced team of chefs and dietitians, vegetarian and vegan selections make up over 30% of menu options offered by CSU Dining.

For evening and weekend meals, residential campers enjoy restaurant fare from across the city. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with prior notification.

Can parents visit The Odyssey Program?

Parents can visit the camp by making arrangements with the program coordinator at [email protected]

What percentage of campers return every year?

Over 25% of students have participated in multiple Odyssey programs.

Is the schedule highly structured, or do kids have a lot of free choices?

Day time activities (both on weekdays and weekends) are highly structured. Whereas, campers have a lot of choices when it comes to evening activities.

Is transportation available to and from camp?

Transportation is provided for all trips and activities occurring during camp hours, excluding camp arrivals and departures.

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