film-courseSixty-six students from 22 local and international high schools around Qatar signed up for hands-on media and film experience at the Film Appreciation and Criticism Summer Course this week at Northwestern University in Qatar’s Summer Media Institute.

Now in its third year, the summer course teaches high school students cinematography and lighting.

‘I like the active part of learning. We’re always in groups having discussions and interacting with each other,’ said Suleima Al Haj Abed, a Doha College Year 13 student.

NU-Q is the first overseas branch campus of one of the world’s leading media universities, Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 2008 as one of the six universities in Qatar Foundation, NU-Q offers top-ranked programmes in journalism and communication. Graduates of NU-Q earn either a bachelor of science degree in journalism or a bachelor of science degree in communication. The American university also offers students the opportunity to complete a certificate in Middle East studies.

Al Haj Abed recently won ‘Best Picture’ for her short documentary Yaqeen at the 2013 THIMUN Qatar Northwestern Film Festival. ‘We understood what affects lighting and how to work with it, which is important for us to know as film-makers,’ she added.

‘The fact that we can let them do hands-on work is the difference between night and day,’ said Bruce C Browne, Film Instructor at Qatar Community College. ‘Usually, when we teach this to students, it’s all theory and we just show them some pictures. Thanks to NU-Q, students get to see the facility, which is a great experience for them.’