Summer Institute : One-Week Intensives

Information below is for the 2014 program. Information for the 2015 program coming soon.

The University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute offers One-Week Intensives for middle school and high school students. Studio-intensive courses help develop your personal vision and build your skills in a particular subject while giving you a taste of the Pre-College Summer Institute.

To register submit a completed registration form or call 215-717-6006.


One-Week Intensives are offered July 7 – August 1. Choose one, two, three or four weeks of study. You will participate in a full day of classes, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a break for lunch. At the end of the session, you will have the experience to know if studying or working in your chosen subject is right for you. 

The Takeaway
You will emerge from each one-week program with new skills, a new vocabulary for your area of interest, and increased confidence as an artist and problem solver - in addition to portfolio or audition pieces for college admissions.

There is no application process for this program; registrants must send full payment with their completed registration form.  No scholarships are available for One-Week Intensives. 

› Week One Intensives | July 7 – 11 Week Three Intensives | July 21 – 25
Week Two Intensives | July 14 – 18 Week Four Intensives | July 28 – August 1


› Week One Intensives | July 7 – 11

This course is an introduction and overview of the fundamentals of making a film, including camera skills, screen writing and film criticism. Class activities include lighting and camera demos, writing exercises and group projects.

This class consists of outside walking trips to shoot photographs as well as lessons in the computer lab. You will learn about composition, exposure and lighting to create inventive photographs.

In this intensive you will learn the fundamentals of drawing and draftsmanship. Working in pencil, ink, charcoal and conte, you will create drawings of the human figure, still life and other subjects.

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› Week Two Intensives | July 14 – 18

This course is geared towards the performing arts student. Using the basic tenets of improv, the class focuses on long form improv and scene development. Learn to listen actively, be present in the moment, and work from a place of creativity and personal truth. Through games, team building exercises, and basic scene work, explore various methods for finding and making creative choices in improv.  Some topics include creating memorable characters through physical exploration, building the platform, improvised monologues, group scenes, and crafting an ensemble.

This course is entirely focused on learning to draw the human figure with an emphasis on gaining knowledge about anatomy and proportions. In each class, you will draw from a nude model as well as a skeleton to learn anatomy.

This course introduces you to the fundamentals of visual design and graphic concepts, typography and typeface. Coursework will be completed in the university’s design labs, giving you the opportunity to learn the Adobe Creative Suite on a Mac platform.

Learn the basics of metalsmithing using metals techniques such as sawing, piercing, soldering, riveting and finishing. In this course you will create unique jewelry or small sculptural compositions in silver, bronze, brass and/or copper.

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› Week Three Intensives | July 21 – 25

In this course express yourself through the art of the written word and work towards developing your own writing style. Study basic strategies of writing dialogue, creating settings, developing scenes and characters and more. Emphasis is on generating new material, in-class discussions and revision.

In this class, you will complete a series of projects toward the development of an original comic book spread. Learn the stages of developing the comic book from storyboard to finished art, including developing original characters within the context of a storyline.

This intensive begins with the foundations and basics of color mixing, composition and paint application for those new to painting as well as those with some experience. You will paint a variety of subjects, including the human form, still life and figures while discussing themes in a historical and contemporary context.

Appropriate for the beginning or advanced student, this course focuses on creating metal sculpture through fabrication.  Although primarily focused on ferrous metals.

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› Week Four Intensives | July 28 – August 1

This dance based course will focus on hip hop and modern dance while learning how to make digital media projects.

Learn basic glass fusing and slumping (bending) techniques to make small sculptural and functional glass objects. Those new to glass will explore the technical aspects of kiln work as well as cold-working processes for grinding and polishing glass. With demonstrations and hands-on projects, explore the unique qualities of this medium. This is a cold and warm glass course; no previous experience in glass required.

In this intensive, you will be guided in creating finished pieces that are necessary for a professional portfolio, including observational drawing, figure drawing, still life, interior and exterior spaces and other pieces.  You will learn how to compile a portfolio to best display your talent and work.  UArts Admissions counselors will advise you on what to include in your portfolio and what to leave out.

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