Summer Institute : Art, Media + Design

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July 11 - August 6, 2016 |     4 weeks
|     3 College Credits

The Premise
Our four-week Art, Media + Design program offers a wide variety of options, letting you select the courses, art form and media you want to study for a custom, comprehensive learning experience driven by your your strengths, aspirations and interests.

Design your personal schedule by choosing two majors and two electives, which together shape a course load as varied and unique as you are. Our faculty of professional, practicing artists guide the exploration of the conceptual, creative and technical aspects of the subjects of your choice. Walk away from four weeks on campus with expanded and strengthened skills, a broadened vocabulary and increased confidence as an artist. 

The Perks

  • Guest lectures by artists
  • Trips to museums, galleries, and  cultural institutions
  • Official one-on-one portfolio review  with a UArts Admissions counselor  (can be applied toward Fall 2016 college applications by rising seniors)
  • Open studio hours in the evenings

The Proof

  • A custom portfolio representing your work across your majors and electives
  • Work showcased in a curated exhibition
  • A personal artist statement
  • Written evaluations from each of your instructors
  • Inclusion in the annually published Summer Institute Look Book, where images of your work and artist statement are printed alongside those of other students. View the SI 2016 Look Book

Tuition, Dates + Policies

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

View Brochure

View our 2016 Summer Institute brochure and registration form.


Scholarship funds are limited, therefore awards are competitive.

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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How to Apply

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