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Fairfax Public Access (FPA) is an independent, non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation founded to manage the public access channels and production facilities provided for Fairfax County residents.

Our mission is to provide quality and engaging community television, radio, education, and cablecasting services of interest to the public, and encourage the participation and involvement of residents of Fairfax County and the Washington metropolitan area.

We offer individuals the opportunity to unlock their creativity and vision by offering instruction in the media arts – in areas such as television production, radio production, post-production editing, and more.

Once certified in our equipment we invite members to volunteer in shows or create their own television or radio programs, which we then present over one of our cable television channels.

We hope you decide to get involved and help give a voice to the community.

CAMP DESCRIPTIONS & INFO

DISCOVER the behind the scene process of what it takes to create a television program. Learn about the equipment and key production roles.  There is a lot of effort involved; therefore, teamwork and preparedness will be key to make a successful show.  Each program created as part of the camps will only be as good as the crew involved; therefore, we are looking for the best, most dedicated students interested to learn about this exciting media.  The goal for the TV Studio and TV Field camp is to create a 30-minute program, planned and filmed by the students and then edited with the aid of the instructor. If successful, the program will then air on Channel 10.

TV 101 Studio Camp:

Our studio TV camp includes instruction in pre-production and production areas, including all the key equipment and crew roles such as scriptwriting, studio lighting, studio cameras, set design, audio, floor directing, on-air talent, graphics, and technical Directing.  Learn the “how to’s” of creating studio television programs and what is needed to put together a half-hour show. Successful completion of the camp allows students to receive certification approval on both the use of our studio A and B equipment and as possible future TV producers.  Participants will also receive a copy of the final student project and information of when it will air on Channel 10.  Students are further encouraged to take advantage of their annual FPA membership and volunteer in the various studio shows to improve their skills and gain production experience.

Positions covered in the TV 101 Studio camp include - Studio Camera operator, audio operator, Lighting, Set-Design, Graphics operation, Technical Directing, Floor Directing, Talent, and an overview of post-production work.

Cost: $500

TV 101 Field Camp:

Our field TV camp includes hands-on training using FPA’s JVC professional grade HD cameras and all associated equipment.  Students will learn to conceptualize a field program by completing a storyboard, plan their shoots and record footage at the station or locally in the Alliance or Mosaic Centers near the station.   Furthermore, as part of the training participants will review proper care of the gear, plus the key techniques and procedures to record an on-location shoot.  Classroom facilities will be booked as part of each session, however, a great deal of time will be spent outdoors gathering the footage for the show. Successful completion of the camp allows students to receive certification approval on both the use of our filed production gear and as possible future TV producers. Students will receive a copy of the final student project and information of when it will air on Channel 10. As with our other training programs, at the end of the camp students are encourage to volunteer to practice and gain further experience.  

Positions covered in the TV 101 Field camp include - Field Camera operator, Audio operator, Lighting, Field Director, Production Assistant, Talent, and overview of post-production work.

Cost: $500

TV 101 Post-Production Video Editing Camp (Adobe Premiere):


If you are interested in learning how to tweak and edit videos and better, understand the role of a professional video editor this camp is for you. Participants in this camp will learn the functions of the widely used Adobe Premiere video editing software and the essential techniques to become proficient at editing videos. The camp objectives are twofold, the first goal is to teach students the tools and workflow on how to operate the software program and the second is to teach the concepts of basic storytelling to create more compelling TV, Film or online videos. Leading to a more rounded editor.  


Topics covered in the editing camp include - Program tools, importing and trimming footage, adding transitions, working with audio and music, using text/graphics, color correction and exporting.

Cost: $350

WRLD Radio Production Camp:


Since its inception, radio has had a significant impact in the culture of the world.  Through the various genres such as music, news reporting, storytelling, and on-air discussions, the impact of radio continues to evolve along with the ever-changing digital technologies.  In present day, the impact of radio style productions even extends to shows that are podcast and streamed online.  FPA invites all students who are interested in experiencing what radio is all about to take part in our WRLD Radio Summer Camps.   

Camp time is a mix of, in class discussions, and hands-on training.  During the camp students will understand the needs of each radio show genre and review the specific requirements for each.  In addition, students will know how a radio studio works, learn the use of the radio board and microphones and develop scripts such as news clips, weather reports, and/or music discussion segments.  Part of the camp will focus in reviewing tips on how to conduct on-air interviews with their peers and review the basics of post-production audio editing using either Adobe Audition or the Audacity audio editing software program.  To cover all the content, students will rotate and share key production roles as they bring each segment together and create their very own radio Show. The goal for the radio camp is the creation of a 58 minute student lead program, structured and recorded with the collaboration of each student with the aim of airing the final version on Channel 37 (Fairfax County’s community bulletin board and over the air Radio Fairfax channel).
After completion of a radio summer camp students are certified as FPA Radio producers and if interested can continue to use the studios to create a radio show of their own. As FPA members, camp students will also have the option to network with our current public access radio producers to observe and shadow their productions to gain more production experience.

Positions covered in the Radio camp include - Voice over, On-Air Talent, Radio Producer, radio studio operator, and overview of post-production audio editing.

Cost: $350

For further information please contact us at the Training Department, 571-749-11102 / FPATraining@fcac.org


2023 FPA Teen Summer Camp Info

2023 TV 101 Studio Production Camp:

2 Week Camp
Camp Orientation: Sat. 7/15, 9am-10am
Mon. 7/17 - Fri. 7/28, 8am -12pm
Cost $500

2023 TV 101 Field Production Camp:

2 Week Camp
Camp Orientation: Sat. 7/29, 9am-10am
Mon. 7/31 - Fri. 8/11, 9am -12pm
Cost $500

2023 TV 101 Post-Production Camp:

1 Week Camp
Camp Orientation: Sat. 8/12, 9am-10am
Mon. 8/14 - Fri. 8/18, 9am -12pm
Cost $350

2023 WRLD Radio Production Camp:

1 Week Camp
Camp Orientation: Sat. 7/8, 9am-10am
Mon. 7/10 - Fri. 7/14, 9am -12pm
Cost $350
Camp fee includes cost of annual FPA membership ($26).

Discount: FPA is offering a 10% early registration discount for enrollments completed by April 30th

TV 101 Registration Form

WRLD Radio Registration Form

Parental Consent Form

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register and pay for a camp?

It’s highly recommended to contact the Training Department ahead of time to check for camp availability.

Registering for Camp

Step 1: Complete camp registration form

Step 2: Complete parental consent form

Step 3: Mail registration forms and payment to:

           FPA – Attn: Training Dept.

           2929 Eskridge Rd., Suite S, Fairfax, VA 22031

Additional options:

  • Completed camp registration forms can also be email or faxed to the Training Dept. and the fee can then be completed over the phone.
  • Completed registration forms and payments can also be submitted in person at the Training Dept.  or at the Equipment Room offices.


Training Department Office Hours:

Monday thru Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm

Phone: 571-749-1102 / Fax: 571-749-1112

Email: FPATraining@fcac.org 

Equipment room hours of operations: Weekdays 12pm-10pm and weekends 8am-8pm 

Where are the camps held?

All camps and orientation sessions are held at our studio facilities located at:

2929 Eskridge Rd., Suite S, Fairfax, VA 22031.

As part of the TV101 Field camp field production exercises are conducted in locations around the station, such as the Alliance for Community Media and the Merrifield Mosaic District centers.

Are there any camps discounts?

The FPA summer camp fee includes the yearly FPA membership cost of $26 dollars and as part of the 2023 camp season FPA offers a 10% summer  camp discount for enrollments completed by April 30th.

What are the camp’s withdrawal and /or refund policy?

To withdraw and receive a full refund, your request must be received no later than two business days (48 hrs) prior to the camp orientation start date. After the first session, no refunds will be made.  However, if availabilities remain we can attempt to accommodate a student and transfer them to one of the next available camps.  Please allow two weeks for refunds to be processed.

For further questions, please contact the Training Department.