Summer Institute : Art, Media + Design : Majors
The Art, Media + Design program is designed to give you a fully explorative arts experience. All students are required to select one major, one minor and one evening elective. This rigorous course load ensures that you will have an immersive college-level experience that will give you a comprehensive education in the visual arts and help you build a strong portfolio.
FINE ARTS: PAINTING + PRINTMAKING
If you love to spend time in the studio exploring color, composition and a variety of materials, this is the major for you! In the Painting + Printmaking major, you will build proficiency in a variety of materials and technical skills. Work from a live model to study the figure and still life with oil paint, charcoal, pencil and/or collage. In addition to painting, you will explore various printmaking methods such as monoprinting, pressure printing, stencils and reliefs. Classes will visit museums and hear from guest artists to investigate numerous approaches to the 2-D composition and rendering. Final student artwork will be exhibited in a gallery space for parents, friends and family at the conclusion of the program.
FINE ARTS: SCULPTURE+ CONSTRUCTION
Have you ever wanted to make a fantastic piece of large three-dimensional art, but you didn't have the space or materials to bring the idea to fruition? In this exciting major, you will have the opportunity to learn forging, carving, molding, and casting and a number of building techniques to make exceptional sculptures, prototypes and objects. Spend a significant amount of time in the studio working with your hands and cool tools to incorporate clay, glass, plaster, wood, and mixed media into your finished pieces. Visit local museums and galleries to examine the breadth of sculptural approaches in the contemporary art world as well as how objects are designed and made for products. Finished work will be installed at the end of the program as part of the final exhibition.
ART FOR THE BODY: JEWELRY, SMALL METALS + FIBERS
If you like to work with your hands creating objects both useful and beautiful, this is the major for you! Your time will be divided between metalsmithing, fibers and ceramics, with opportunities to explore other media such as glass and wood. You will learn techniques both ancient and entirely modern, preparing you to be both a craftsperson and designer. The city of Philadelphia offers a wide selection of galleries and exhibitions that enhance students’ classroom experience, including the unique Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Snyderman-Works gallery, one of America’s premier craft galleries. You will spend significant time in the studio creating art that you will display and may model at the final exhibition.
ILLUSTRATION: VISUAL STORYTELLING
US News & World Report rates the Illustration program at the University of the Arts as one of the top three in the country. Illustrators create images for children’s books, advertising campaigns, music promotion, clothing apparel, packaging, graphic novels, video games, movies, animations and comic books. In this major you will bring stories to life by making images, whether created digitally or by hand, that can be masterful works of art or practical business applications. learn a full spectrum of drawing and painting techniques as well as digital, graphic design and two-dimensional processes and software. Work closely with successful, award-winning instructors to take on the perceptual and technical problems that professional illustrators encounter in their work. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the Creative Writing students, creating illustrations for a book project. Finished illustrations will be professionally printed and displayed at the fi nal exhibition for family and friends.
FILMMAKING: STORY + METHOD
Are you fascinated by film? Think you might be the next Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, Spike Jonze, Martin Scorsese? Or would you like to work alongside them? In the Film major, you will study script writing, direction, cinematography and editing by using state-of-the-art cameras, equipment and software. Study under award-winning filmmakers, learn to storyboard, develop characters, shoot scenes and edit work for a final presentation. Gain an understanding of the modern film industry as well as the role film plays in the contemporary art world while making your own short film. At the end of the program you will have a portfolio of small films as well as one longer, comprehensive piece. On the final day of the program, premiere your finished work in a movie theater setting for friends and family to enjoy. If you choose Filmmaking as your major, you will not choose a minor course.
ANIMATION: IDEAS IN MOTION
Turn your interest in drawing and technology into amazing animations that can be used in the film and video gaming industries! In the Animation major, you will learn traditional hand-drawn animation, stop-motion with clay and found objects, and modern computer animation to create your own short animations and reel. Professional animators serve as instructors, leading you through storyboarding, drawing, filming, editing and image manipulation using software such as Adobe After Effects. You will turn your narrative vision into a portfolio of short animations as well as one extended piece that will be screened in a theater for friends and family on the last day of the program. If you choose Filmmaking as your major, you will not choose a minor course.
GAME DESIGN + INTERACTIVITY
Are you a gamer? do you love thinking of new ideas for game play? In this exciting major, you will explore the principles that inform how games work, how to make them, why they are important, and how they help us understand our world and social interactions. learn to construct logical narratives and rules that make possible the creation of an active space in which gaming can take place. using skills based upon interface and experience design, program, write and design interactive games. You will complete at least one finished game for your portfolio, which will premiere in front of friends and family at the final exhibition and screenings.
COMMUNICATING IDEAS THROUGH DESIGN
Do you want to redefine our world through design that affects interior architecture, shines through electronic screens and transforms books, magazines, advertising, posters, video and film? For more than 40 years, Graphic Design at the University of the Arts has been recognized as one of the nation's top design programs — on the leading edge, exploring both new technologies and re-inventing how handmade images and messages uniquely speak to the electronically engaged world. In this major, you will explore typography, composition, letter forms and design movements such as Bauhaus, while gaining a strong foundation in Adobe creative software. You will create visual statements that entertain, advertise and evoke a strong emotional response in a viewer. We encourage you to find innovative solutions to a variety of communication challenges. Final work will be professionally printed and exhibited for friends and family.