Summer Institute (9-12)

Whatever your medium, whatever your ambition, at the University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute you will be part of the nation's most dynamic and intensive summer arts program for high school students.

Learn what it takes to advance your talent from nationally recognized faculty, artists, writers, and performers. At the University of the Arts, originality in all its forms overlaps and converges.  Musicians collaborate with media makers.  Photographers work with designers, writers with performers.

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

Summer Institute student Eve Gietka

Art, Media + Design

Spend your summer expanding your horizons and your portfolio. Study with established artists while experiencing Philadelphia's metropolitan art and culture.

Creative Writing

Haiku, short story, memoir, magnum opus - it all begins with the written word.

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Put your future in motion by training alongside dancers and professionals from across the globe.

Summer Institute Music student Kyla Sauber


Compose and perform your own work, learn and explore new musical concepts, and grow from the time you spend learning from our renowned faculty.

Music biz students

Music Business, Entrepreneurship + Technology

This music business intensive is built around the culture of entrepreneurship and the crucial skills needed to create.

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Always wanted to unleash your inner star? We'll help you do it.

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One-Week Intensives

Gain experience in a multitude of media to help develop your personal vision and build your skills.

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6th-8th Grade Summer Workshops

One-week intensive studio workshops for middle school students.

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ESL + Art/Music

This dynamic curriculum gives you the opportunity to study English while pursuing your art or music passion in a creative and engaging atmosphere.

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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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Summer Institute Open House

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

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Important Dates + Policies

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

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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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Scholarship funds are limited, therefore awards are competitive.

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