Courses at the Lab for Kids, Teens & Adults

The Jacob Burns Film Center offers innovative programs in new media, documentary and fiction film production, screenwriting, animation, and so much more for students from Pre-K through adulthood. Scholarships are available for every class. With offerings after school, on weekends, in the summer, and in the evenings, there’s something for everyone.

Please explore our course offerings and register for courses below!  Check out our website for more details on the registration process and other general information.


Semester
Grade Levels

Spring
Adventures in MediaWe’ll explore soundscapes, nonfiction filmmaking, world creation, color palette, montage, and the long take.
Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8
Spring
CinemaniaThink like a film critic!
Grades 7-8
Spring
Crafting the Documentary: Capturing SoundLearn the ins and outs of sound recording to get clear, clean audio.
College and Adult
Spring
Crafting the Documentary: Editing the SceneLearn how to take your footage and craft it into the story you want to tell.
College and Adult
Spring
Creators' Co-opBe part of the creative community everyone is talking about!
Grades 9-12
Spring
Creators' Co-op: Acting - Make a SceneWith an actor’s perspective, break down a scene to get to its objective.
Grades 9-12
Spring
Creators' Co-op: Advanced CrewTake your production skills to the next level with this course.
Grades 9-12
Spring
Creators' Co-op: Cinematography - Illuminating the SceneExplore the creation of mood through light, color, and shadow.
Grades 9-12
Spring
Creators' Co-op: Crew #1Hone your production skills in this crew section.
Grades 9-12
Spring
Creators' Co-op: Crew #2Hone your production skills in this crew section.
Grades 9-12
Spring
Creators' Co-op: Crew #3Hone your production skills in this crew section.
Grades 9-12
Spring
Creators' Co-op: Crew #4Hone your production skills in this crew section.
Grades 9-12
Spring
Creators' Co-op: Editing - Flashback and Flash-ForwardBuild complex and unique sequences through the power of editing.
Grades 9-12
Spring
Creators' Co-op: Film Analysis - Cinematic NonfictionTake a closer look at a series of nonfiction films.
Grades 9-12
Spring
Creators' Co-op: Immersive Storytelling - Virtual RealityExplore the emerging storytelling platform of virtual reality.
Grades 9-12
Spring
Creators' Co-op: Introductory CrewRequired crew section for all first-time lab students in Co-op.
Grades 9-12
Spring
Creators' Co-op: Motion Graphics - Title and GraphicsCreate unique titles and layered effects with After Effects.
Grades 9-12
Spring
Creators' Co-op: Nonfiction - Art of the InterviewExplore a key element of documentary filmmaking—the interview.
Grades 9-12
Spring
Creators' Co-op: Sound - Sound DesignUse our state-of-the art recording studio to create Foley effects, ADR, rustle tracks, and walla sounds.
Grades 9-12
Spring
Creators' Co-op: Writing - Second DraftsTransform your unfinished story into a finely tuned narrative.
Grades 9-12
Spring
Digital Storytelling: Video Portraits—Getting ReadyBegin the journey of creating a visual portrait of a loved one using video.
College and Adult
Spring
Documentary Filmmaking: Funding your FilmGet a head start on researching, writing grants, and finding funding opportunities.
College and Adult
Spring
Documentary Filmmaking: Works-in-Progress SalonEngage with our creative community and work on your documentary film project.
College and Adult
Spring
Experiments in Media WorkshopsA great introduction to the JBFC’s distinctive approach of keeping storytelling at the heart of media making.
Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6
Spring
Experiments in Media: Character & LightExperiment with new equipment, software, and techniques each week as students learn to tell stories in different ways.
Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6
Fall, Spring
Family Saturdays @ The LabJoin us for FREE family activities from 1-3pm on the first Saturday of select months.
College and Adult, Free at The Lab, Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8, Grades Pre K-2
Spring
Festivals 101Learn about the festival application process in this practical workshop.
College and Adult
Spring
Film Style and Form: From Page to ScreenWatch classic films and compare them to their original literary sources.
College and Adult
Spring
Filmmakers’ Forum: The Personal DocEnjoy intimate conversations with professional filmmakers on the challenges of creating films.
College and Adult
Spring
Friday Night FilmsThe high school film club run by students, for students!
Free at The Lab, Grades 9-12
Spring
Image, Sound, and StoryFor homeschooled students, ages 10–13: This curriculum is a series of hands-on projects that emphasize process, challenge-based learning, collaboration, and reflection.
Grades 5-6
Spring
Intermediate Premiere ProAdvance your skills and learn the more sophisticated features of Adobe’s Premiere Pro.
College and Adult
Spring
Intro to Premiere ProLearn the fundamentals of Adobe’s professional video-editing software, Premiere Pro.
College and Adult
Spring
Introduction to DSLR FilmmakingLearn how to shoot video on a DSLR camera.
College and Adult
Summer
Lab Camp, Grades 3-4Each session focuses on a different combination of themes and subjects, generating new creative collaborations and unique opportunities for hands-on experiences.
Grades 3-4
Summer
Lab Camp, Grades 5-6Each session focuses on a different combination of themes and subjects, generating new creative collaborations and unique opportunities for hands-on experiences
Grades 5-6
Summer
Lab Camp, Grades 7-8Each session focuses on a different combination of themes and subjects, generating new creative collaborations and unique opportunities for hands-on experiences
Grades 7-8
Summer
Lab Camp, Grades 9-10Each session focuses on a different combination of themes and subjects, generating new creative collaborations and unique opportunities for hands-on experiences
Grades 9-12
Spring
Projects in MediaAll the tools at the Lab are at your disposal for a professional-level production experience.
Grades 7-8
Spring
Reel Change for NonprofitsLearn how to create PSAs and make short films an effective part of your advocacy work.
College and Adult
Spring
Screenwriting SalonBe part of a community of screenwriters who meet every other week for a work-in-progress critique.
College and Adult
Spring
Seeing StoriesExperience the magic of digital storytelling in this workshop.
Grades Pre K-2
Spring
StoryvilleDream up your own unique stories, characters, and places—and then bring them to life!
Grades Pre K-2
Summer
Summer Co-opEach session focuses on a different combination of themes and subjects, generating new creative collaborations and unique opportunities for hands-on experiences
Grades 9-12
Spring
The Burns ChallengeMake a film in 24 hours!
Grades 9-12
Spring
The Power of Story: A Writer’s GroupReceive the encouragement and resources to inspire, deepen, and sustain your writing practice.
College and Adult
Spring
The Power of Story: Everything Is PossibleClaim your confidence and get inspired to bring stories out of your heart and imagination.
College and Adult
Spring
The Power of Story: Nurturing Your ImaginationContinue to craft your writing, using clips from classic films, photographs, and poetry as inspiration.
College and Adult
Spring
Video Game ClubJoin the club and learn about games on a whole new level.
Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8

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