Summer Institute : Art, Media + Design

July 6 - Aug 2, 2014
|     4 weeks

Spend your summer expanding your horizons and your portfolio. Study with established artists while experiencing Philadelphia’s metropolitan art and culture. We’ll help you discover the world—and the world discover you!

The UArts Pre-College Summer Institute Art, Media + Design program
This is the country's most dynamic summer program for passionate high school students. Our exciting and immersive program enables you to experience what an art university is like, and learn from the same nationally recognized professors who teach in our undergraduate programs. Our acclaimed four-week program rewards you with three college credits and the unique opportunity to create your own schedule that will feed your artistic growth.

Located in Vibrant Downtown Philadelphia
UArts is footsteps away from world-famous museums, entertainment venues, summer concerts and activities, and opportunities to learn, grow and be inspired to create great art.

As a student here, you'll be respected as an independent thinker and treated in a supportive environment. You will have the opportunity to learn from—and hang out with—other talented students from around the world. And you'll elevate your skills and portfolio to a new level, whether you've set your sights on one of the nation's premier art colleges, or you're still trying to figure it all out.

TAKE A CLOSE LOOK at our program, call us and even visit. We think you'll find that the UArts Summer Institute is an experience that no other art college in the country can match.

NOTE: All information currently reflects the 2014 program. Please check back soon for information on the 2015 program.

Summer Institute student Olufemi Oladosu


You'll participate in college-level courses designed for students who want to transform from making high school projects to thinking like an artist.

Photography students in the Summer Institue

Majors + Electives

The Art, Media + Design program is designed to give you a fully explorative arts experience.

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Tuition + Admissions

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school are welcome to apply to the Art, Media + Design program.

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All courses are taught by renowned practicing artists, many of whom teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs at UArts.

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2013 Student Work Look Book

View work from participants in the summer 2013 Art, Media + Design program.

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Apply Now

Download our application and send in your materials to the Pre-College Summer Institute.

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Student Life + Housing

The University of the Arts' campus is located in Center City Philadelphia and is easy to navigate by foot.

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Housing + Meals

Students stay in apartment-style residence halls, with meals served at various on-campus dining facilities.

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Scholarship funds are limited, therefore awards are competitive.

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Summer Institute Open House

Join us on Saturday, April 5 from 1 to 4 pm to learn about our Pre-College Summer Institute.

Summer Institute Music students

Important Dates + Policies

Mark your calendar and learn more about tuition discounts and our Student Code of Conduct.

Summer Institute Brochure Cover 2014


View our 2014 Summer Institute brochure and application form.

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Learn more about tuition discounts, how to make a payment and our Student Code of Conduct.

For Accepted Students

Download forms, access the portal and find other information for accepted students.

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