THE 2021 TRACKS
(subject to change)
Participants in this track will receive hands-on instruction in the Vanderbilt Video Production studios where they will learn camera techniques, video editing, audio production, directing, and on-camera talent. By the end of the program, participants in this track will have produced their very own television show, short film, or viral video and be well on their way to being stars on campus.
Ask smart questions, have a conversation and tell a meaningful story. Whether you're interested in journalism, biography, research, or writing, this track will guide you step-by-step as you research an individual, develop thoughtful interview questions, conduct an in-person interview, organize your findings and write a personality profile.
Fiction & Poetry Writing
Creative writers will spend two days doing what they love. Join fellow students with expert instruction as you workshop your poetry or fiction and strengthen your writing and storytelling skills. Fiction writing is an art, to be sure, and this track gives you the space and skills you need to grow it.
Sharpen your photography skills on Vanderbilt's beautiful campus. Beginners and experienced photographers will learn tips and techniques to elevate them to the next level. Areas of focus may include lighting, portraiture, photojournalism, sports photography and more. Bring your camera and explore your new home with fellow photographers.
Let's be honest: Covering SEC athletics is really fun. If you love sports and can't wait to watch the Commodores on the field, on the court, in the bowling lanes, and more, in this track you'll learn how to cover collegiate athletics like a pro. Your instructor will guide you through the process of finding interesting stories to tell and tell them well.
Humor & Satire Writing
If you’re funny and you know it, this is for you. Or maybe you just see the world with a particular point of view. This track will help you learn how to develop a strong comedic point of view on topical news and pop culture events, how to use your tools as a humorist, and the skills needed to deploy them on the page.
Songwriting & Recording
Vanderbilt is located in the heart of Music City, and we’re looking for all singers, songwriters, musicians, and music producers. You’ll be hands-on inside our studio at VRS (Vanderbilt Recording Studio) creating a song from concept to completion using state-of-the-art equipment and recording software.
You have something to say, and we want the world to hear it. This track allows participants the opportunity to train at WRVU (one of our two student radio stations). Whether you are a talk show fan, a political talker, or just want to spin some great tunes, you’ll have your chance to produce a live show on both radio stations. This track also includes a one-of-a-kind tour of a local Nashville radio station.
My Commons Life
MyCommons.life is an online media outlet with content produced exclusively by first-year students for first-year students. Students attending this track will become this year's MCL team for the site and will learn to produce video projects, the CommonsCast podcast, as well as written feature pieces. Participants in this track will get an early, behind-the-scenes exploration of the people, places and events of the Commons, then serve their peer community by sharing those stories, from serious to fun and wacky.