New courses, new prices: Interlochen Online unveils updates for spring 2024

Seven new courses—including an arts-focused college admissions course, an introduction to digital animation, and more—make their debut as the online school increases the affordability of courses and certificate programs.

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Interlochen Online, Interlochen Center for the Arts’ online school, has announced seven new courses and increased affordability of courses and certificate programs.

All four-week courses through Interlochen Online are now $299 each—nearly $200 from their original price. The school’s soon-to-be-launched certificate programs, which were announced at a price point of $1,336.50, will be $799 when all three courses in the program are purchased as a package.

“Our goal is to give as many students as possible the chance to learn from the world-class faculty and instruction that we offer through Interlochen Online,” said Carin Nuernberg, Executive Director of Interlochen Online. “It made sense to have a tuition that was more affordable for students to help them do so.”

In addition to the lower tuition, Interlochen Online will launch seven new courses this spring. New offerings include three Film & New Media programs, a third installment in Dr. Jason Terry’s popular Piano & Keyboard Basics series, and an arts-focused college admissions course created by Katie Luellen, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at the New England Conservatory of Music.

“We have had strong interest in filmmaking and animation curriculum, and as a result, we are excited to be offering the first of several courses in these areas, along with more courses in very popular areas such as creative writing and theatre,” Nuernberg said. “We also wanted to create a different kind of course that could help families through the complex world of college admissions for students wanting to attend music- or arts-focused schools or programs. The College Prep: Music and Arts School Admissions 101 course does just that—and is filled with really helpful information and guidance that I found myself learning a lot from.”

The seven new courses are:

Acting Techniques: Improvisation with Lori Pearlstein
Improvisation encourages actors to embrace the unknown without a predefined plan. Become comfortable with improvising and practice risk-taking in a safe space.

College Prep: Music and Arts School Admissions 101 with Katie Luellen
By the end of this course, you'll feel confident in your college application strategy—equipped with the tools and knowledge to make the best decision for your future.

Digital Animation 101 with Kenna Marar
Learn the foundational aspects of animation and how to create original works with different feelings, moods, and effects.

Film Production 101 with Drew McClellan
By the end of the course, you will be able to lead your own production, feeling confident in your ability to create a game plan for a successful cinematic production.

Piano & Keyboard Basics 3 with Jason Terry, D.M.A.
Come to this course with the skills of a basic musician and leave as a more holistic performer as you explore lead sheets, extended tertian chords, and improvisation. Note: This course applies to the soon-to-be-launched Piano & Keyboard Basics certificate program.

Screenwriting for Film 101 with Drew McClellan
Learn the key ingredients of crafting a screenplay for film that draws audiences into your story.

Writing Your Memoir with Megan Baxter
Emerge with the confidence and skills to advance your memoir. You'll compose short pieces each week and receive detailed, constructive feedback from your instructor.

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Open to artists in grades 7 through adulthood, Interlochen Online’s four-week courses combine weekly learning units with opportunities to interact with peers, receive personalized feedback from Interlochen’s acclaimed instructors, and create meaningful, portfolio-ready projects. Courses are designed for flexibility to accommodate students’ busy schedules, and are taught via an innovative, custom-designed online learning environment that inspires creativity and connection.

Ready to refine your skills or discover a new passion? Register now for the April 1 session.