Summer Institute : Art, Media + Design : Curriculum

The Goods

In this explorative four-week program you have the opportunity to both investigate a new medium as well as dig deeply into an area you’re already passionate about. By selecting up to four courses that allow you to hone your skills and learn new techniques, you will build your visual and verbal vocabulary while creating a portfolio that showcases your abilities.

Our exceptional faculty will work with you as you explore the conceptual, creative and technical boundaries of your chosen subjects. You will select one or two majors as well as two elective courses that suit your unique areas of interest. Working in our world-class facilities amongst your talented peers, stretch your imagination and artistic limits as you create artwork that tells your own personal story.

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The Extras

On Saturdays, explore the City of Philadelphia, taking in the City’s cultural
and artistic sites. Past trips have included the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Museum, the Rodin Museum, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Your classes will also have guest lecturers, including the University’s Admissions staff who will talk about preparing for college admissions. You will have a oneon- one review with an admissions counselor to help you showcase your talents and build your best portfolio. Rising seniors will have an opportunity to use that meeting as an official portfolio review for your college application for the fall of 2015.

The Show

The final exhibition, screenings and performances are an integral part of the Summer Institute experience and give you a real-life opportunity to curate a show, hang an exhibition, nwrite an artist statement and share your work publicly with an audience.

The Takeaway

In this program your problemsolving skills, technical expertise and creative processes will flourish. You will emerge from the program with new skills, a new vocabulary for your areas of interest and an increased confidence as an artist; but most importantly, you will be on the road to becoming the artist you want to be. In addition to developing a strong portfolio for college admissions, you will also be included in the annual “Look Book” (see bit. ly/LookBook13) with images of your work and artist statement printed alongside those of other remarkable artists and writers.


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Course information below is for the 2014 program. Information for the 2015 program coming soon.
Students in the Art, Media + design program are required to be in class and on campus Monday through Friday from 9 am – 6 pm and on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7am -  9am Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Brunch Brunch
9am - 12pm Major Block A Elective Block A Major Block A Elective Block A Major Block A -- --
12pm -  1pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Professional Practices Workshops, and/or Trips to Local Museums Bus trips to NYC, Wildwood + Dorney Park (optional)
1pm -  4pm Major Block B Elective Block B Major Block B Elective Block B Major Block B    
4pm -  6pm Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner  
6pm -  8pm Event with CAs Open Studio Evening Activity Open Studio Workshops + Guest Lecturers Activities with Cas Activities with Cas
10:30pm Residential Check-in Residential Check-in Residential Check-in Residential Check-in Residential Check-in Residential Check-in Residential Check-in
12 midnight Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out

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In the historical tradition of art making, many of the courses in our program utilize nude models to help you build a strong foundation in observational skills. Please be advised that this program is a college-level experience and working from a nude model is important for students to mature as artists.