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What is the Summer Camp for Kids + Teens?
The Summer Camp for Kids + Teens is an informal, interest-based program which provides young people entering grades 4-12 with the chance to experiment with and learn about media arts and technology from experienced teaching artists. No previous experience is required, just the desire to participate in an active, fun, and educational learning experience. We provide the equipment and mentorship (and snacks). Kids and teens provide the ideas and bring them to fruition!

Most (but not all) camps run Monday through Friday, generally from 8:45am to 3pm, with tuition starting at $395.


How do I register my child for camp?
We require online registration. Once the camp schedule is available, click here and follow the prompts to register online.


What is your refund policy?
The refund schedule is as follows:
30 or more days before the first day of camp: 90% Refund
15-29 days before the first day of camp: 50% Refund
0-14 days before the first day of camp: No Refund Available


If your plans have changed and you need to cancel camp registration, please get in touch with us via email at or phone at 503-276-4239

If a class is cancelled, what are my options?
You will receive a full refund or be placed in a second choice camp.


How can I find out if a class is already full?
If the registration page for your selected camp shows a waitlist option only, that camp is full. However, we encourage you to get on the waitlist as space often will open up.


Do you offer tuition assistance?
Yes, please see our Scholarships page.


Where do camps take place?
Northwest Film Center’s Classes and Admin Office: 934 SW Salmon Avenue
Please note that our mailing address is shared with the Portland Art Museum and is different than our street address. Mailing address: 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205


When will I get to see the movies made in my child’s camp?
Every camp concludes with a student-hosted screening (generally 30 minutes) for friends and family held in your child’s classroom. Within five business days the work is then uploaded to a private, online video album created just for your child’s camp. Parents/guardians will be emailed a password to the album and may download their work or otherwise share access with family and friends. We ask that parents help to ensure that sharing is conducted in a manner that is respectful of all members of the class.


What time is drop-off and pick-up?
Drop-off starts 15 minutes before the start time of your camp (e.g., doors open at 8:30 a.m. for a camp that starts at 8:45 a.m.). Upon arrival, campers and their parents will be directed to their classroom by the Summer Camp Coordinator. The instructor or assistant instructor will sign the child in just inside the door. At the end of class, parents will pick their child up in their classroom and sign them out with the instructor or assistant instructor.


What parking options are available for drop-off and pick-up?
There is metered street parking along SW 10th Avenue along the side of the Film Center’s admin and classes building and on SW Salmon Street in front of the NWFC entrance. The parking lot next to our building is unavailable for public parking on weekdays. We do not have a parking lot, nor do we have a drop-off/pick-up zone.


Is my child old enough to arrive to or leave camp on their own?
If your child is age 13 or above, you may grant permission for them to be able to depart independently (self sign-out). This can happen during the online registration process. Note: this does NOT include leaving the facility to purchase food during class time. Children ages 12 and under, however, must be signed in and out each day by one of the adults indicated during registration. We cannot make any exceptions.


Do you offer before and after-care?
No. We do not offer care before or after camps.


Do you provide lunch?
For most camps, no. Campers should bring a sack lunch that does not require refrigeration. Participants in the Media Arts Academy for Teens, however, are provided catered lunches each day. Students may not leave the facility to purchase food during class time.


What is your behavior policy?
We expect all children to behave in a way that is conducive to a fun and healthy learning environment. In the event that a child is being overly disruptive, we reserve the right to remove the child from the classroom. If the behavior persists, parents will be notified. If the behavior does not improve, the child may be asked not to return to class. In these situations, tuition will not be refunded.


What do I do if my child might have trouble meeting behavior expectations?
During the registration, we ask that you share any allergy, medical, and/or behavioral information that will help us, to the best of our abilities, provide a supportive environment for your child. If this is something you are more comfortable discussing over the phone, please give us a call at 503-221-1156 in advance so that appropriate responses or strategies may be discussed prior to the beginning of camp.


Do you offer anything for kids younger than 4th grade?
No. At this time we do not.


What’s the quickest way for me to get an answer to a specific question not covered here?
Send an email to  or call us at 503-276-4239  during regular business hours (9am to 5pm).


The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.