Summer Institute : Creative Writing : Curriculum

View the Summer Institute 2014 Creative Writing Journal 

Core Curriculum

  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Fiction
  • Screenwriting
  • Poetry

Elective

Choose one of the following:

  • Designing with Digital Tools: In this course you will have an introduction to the integration of basic design principles, processes and applications using Photoshop and Illustrator. This course will explore the relationship between the object being designed and design itself. Students will learn to use digital tools to create interactive, real world objects that are meaningful solutions to design problems. Through a series of exercises and projects, students experience how design can inform, facilitate, inspire, persuade, engage, and provoke.
  • Drawing I: Introduction: If you have not had formal training in drawing, this is the place to start. Drawing is a fundamental foundation for all fine arts, crafts, media and design areas. Course objectives include honing observation skills while working mostly from still life, models and/or landscapes. You will work with media such as pencil, charcoal and ink. Basic skills such as perspective, composition, light and shadow, and tonal variations are explored.
  • Experimental Photo: Open to both experienced photographers and beginners, this course introduces you to experimental photo processes and nontraditional ways to consider the photographic image. Using a variety of films and cameras while pushing the boundaries of how one views the world, you will explore processes such as pinhole cameras and cyanotypes.
  • Sketchbook + Zine: As the birth place of artistic ideas, the sketchbook is where artists begin to develop a unique point of view to illustrate personal ideas, experiment, take visual notes and hone skills. In this course students will gain understanding of, exposure to and experience with a variety of media, techniques, and approaches to keeping a sketchbook/journal in the spirit of experimentation. This experimentation will be the foundation of the collaborative class zine where students will collect, edit and design their works into a finished work.
  • Street Art: Screen Printing: With South Broad Street, the Avenue of the Arts, as your canvas, delve into the world of street art.  Study the craft of screen printing  by mastering the photo-emulsion process and building an edition of prints.  You will then display your prints around the city of Philadelphia on UArts' campus with methods such as wheatpasting.  Meet local, Philadelphia street artists and be inspired by your urban surroundings. 
  • Words + Pictures: Illustration: Illustration meets design in this course, where you’ll explore the relationship between text and images. By examining different visual interpretations of letter and words, you’ll discover how a design’s visual impact can contribute to, enhance or even subvert the linguistic meaning of the text. You’ll learn how to use design as a tool to bring your artwork to the next level. While some digital type will be used, this class focuses on hand-drawn type, with various approaches to hand lettering. As the letters will be treated at illustration, experience with drawing is encouraged. 
     

CREATIVE WRITING 2014 SAMPLE SCHEDULE
Course information below is for the 2014 program. Information for the 2015 program coming soon.

All students are required to attend classes Monday through Friday, with breaks for lunch and dinner. You are also expected to attend field trips and guest lectures on Saturdays. Commuters, please note that classes are required into the evenings and on Saturdays.

  

Monday 

Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday 

Friday 

Saturday 

Sunday 

9am – 12pm

Poetry or
Non-Fiction or Screen Writing or Fiction*

Poetry or
Non-Fiction or Screen Writing or Fiction*

Poetry or
Non-Fiction or Screen Writing or Fiction*

Poetry or
Non-Fiction or Screen Writing or Fiction*

Poetry or
Non-Fiction or Screen Writing or Fiction*

Writing Field Trip

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12pm

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Optional Field Trip

1pm – 2pm

Workshop

Workshop

Workshop

Workshop

Workshop

 

Optional Field Trip

2pm – 4pm

Writing Elective

Art, Media + Design Elective

Writing Elective

Art, Media + Design Elective

Writing Elective

 

Optional Field Trip

4pm – 6pm

Activities

Zine

Activities

Writing for Cartoons

Activities

   

*Classes rotate weekly