School Workshops

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Give your students a new perspective on the world with one of our filmmaking and film appreciation workshops.

What are the benefits?

Film expresses ideas that cannot be expressed by any other means, like algebra or organic chemistry. In our School Workshops, we use film as a tool to help students better understand the world and themselves.

How much does it cost?

Our workshops are designed for classes of 10–30 students at a rate of $300/ student. If the class has fewer than 17 students, there is a $5000 minimum.

How to book?

Phone: 773.281.9075 ext. 3037

How long are programs?

Programs are 10–25 hours, taught by Facets media educators. Programs can take place in 1 or 2 weeks or run once a week for an entire semester. Some projects may require additional classroom time.

Where do workshops take place?

Programs take place at your school or can be scheduled at Facets' facilities.

Equipment needs?

Equipment needs vary per program. For most workshops we use the equipment available at your school (cameras, iPads, etc.), and our media educators would need access to a projector and speakers for class presentations. Programs at Facets would have access to our equipment.

Available Workshops

All curriculums are developed and taught by Facets Academy's expert media educators.


Documentary Film Lab

Grades 4–7 & 8–12

Documentary Film Lab

Students learn the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking by telling stories that explore issues important to them and their communities.

Documentary Film Lab Details

Documentary film is the perfect vehicle to address media literacy, storytelling, and civic engagement all at once. Our Documentary Film Lab harnesses this learning potential by teaching students how to make documentary films about issues that impact their daily lives.

We offer two versions of the Lab, one for younger grades (4–7) and one for older grades (8–12). When booking, please let us know what grade range you are interested in.

Learning outcomes:

  • Production skills: Students learn how to use camera equipment, conduct interviews, and all the other nuts and bolts of film production.
  • Media literate: Students learn about the importance of analyzing media and how to communicate complex ideas to a wide audience.
  • Create, Critique, Repeat: Students learn about the creative process and how to give and receive constructive criticism.


Film Immersion

Grades 6–12

Film Immersion workshop

Students learn the key elements of film history, analysis, and production, and then make their own short film.

Film Immersion Details

Students live in a media saturated world, but they rarely have the critical tools to fully understand the media they consume and produce. The Film Immersion program gives students a foundation in historical, analytical, and filmmaking concepts that allow them to understand media on a more critical level.

Learning outcomes:

  • Production skills: Students work in teams to write, storyboard, act in, and direct an original short film.
  • Beyond film: Students learn storytelling, thematic analysis, and creative problem solving, skills that are integral to subjects beyond the arts.
  • Collaboration: Students learn how to collaborate, work towards a common goal, and give constructive criticism along the way.


Hitchcock: The Master of Suspense

Grades 4–10

North by Northwest

Students learn the key to create an ultimate thriller from the master of suspense himself, Sir Alfred Hitchcock.

Master of Suspense Details

In this workshop led by film historian Therese Grisham, students learn about the historical, cultural, and artistic impact of one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Then, using masterpieces like North by Northwest and Rear Window as inspiration, students work in teams to write, direct, and shoot their own Hitchcockian thriller.

Learning outcomes:

  • Historical perspective: Students learn about the important role that history plays in understanding any subject, especially film.
  • Production skills: With Hitchcock as their inspiration, students learn fundamental film production techniques to make their own short film.
  • Create, Critique, Repeat: Students learn about the creative process and how to give and receive constructive criticism.


1, 2, 3 iPad Animation

Grades 4+

iPad Animation

Students turn iPads into animation studios and learn about animation history and creative storytelling along the way.

iPad Animation Details

Professional animator George Berlin introduces students to the exciting world of computer animation. Students explore the connection between life, art, and technology by creating their very own computer animated short films.

Learning outcomes:

  • Animation expert: Students learn about the history and practice of animation from a real-life professional animator.
  • Creative storytelling: Students learn how to write, storyboard, and produce their own creative visions of the world.
  • Beyond animation: Students learn software and other digital technologies skills, creative problem solving, time management, and other transferable skills.


  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation