Summer Institute : Art, Media + Design : Classes

The Program

Design your personalized schedule by choosing two majors and two electives. Majors meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; electives meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Art, Media + Design Sample Schedule Below >>
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MAJORS
Choose an A and B OR an All Day Major  

Major A - Mon, Wed, Fri Mornings
FASHION + FIBERS: DRAFTING  AND THE INDUSTRY
ILLUSTRATION
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN: MAKER LAB
PAINTING STUDIO
PHOTOGRAPHY
SCREENPRINTING  

Major B - Mon, Wed, Fri Afternoons
FASHION PHOTO
FASHION + FIBERS: DYEING  AND CONSTRUCTION
FIGURE PAINTING
GRAPHIC DESIGN: POSTERS + PROMO
GRAPHIC NOVEL
JEWELRY + SMALL METALS
SCULPTURE + INSTALLATION  

All Day Major* - Mon, Wed, Fri All Day
ANIMATION
FILMMAKING
SKATEBOARDING: PHOTO + VIDEO  


ELECTIVES
Choose an A and B  

Elective A - Tue, Thu Mornings
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:  ILLUSTRATION
CINEMATOGRAPHY
CREATIVE WRITING
EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING
EXPERIMENTAL PHOTO
KNIT THE CITY: FIBERS  
SKATE INDUSTRY:  ILLUSTRATION + DESIGN
TINKERING: TOY DESIGN  

Elective B - Tue, Thu Afternoons
ADVANCED DRAWING PROJECTS
ART FOR GAMES
DESIGNING WITH DIGITAL TOOLS
DIGITAL EFFECTS FOR FILM  + ANIMATION
DRAWING INTRODUCTION
FIGURE DRAWING
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
TAXIDERMY AS WEARABLE ART
WOODWORKING STUDIO
ZINE + SMALL PRESS  


*An all-day course that meets in the AM + PM. If selecting this course you will not choose a Major B.

Nude figure models may be used in drawing and painting courses.
  

>A WEEK IN THE LIFE

  

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

FASHION + FIBERS: DRAFTING AND THE INDUSTRY
Gain a hands-on introduction to the fashion and textile industry. In this course industry professionals will teach you how to draft patterns and sew constructions to create original designs. You'll learn about the influence textile design and history has had on contemporary art, fashion and pop culture and gain practical drafting skills in the process. Previous knowledge of sewing and pattern-making is not required for this course.
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ILLUSTRATION
Learn how imaginative images can bring life to stories through dynamic visual description. Gain an understanding of both hand-drawn and digital processes for articulating ideas and meaning visually in comics, children’s books, advertising, music promotion, apparel, packaging, and other applications. You will learn how illustrative images can act as both masterful works of art and as practical illustrations. Drawing skills and a passion for storytelling are essential.
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INDUSTRIAL DESIGN: MAKER LAB
Industrial designers strive to create better human experiences by enhancing everyday design. In this course, you'll get hands-on experience with every part of the process of creating consumer products — from mechanical drawing and prototyping to writing manufacturing and packaging directions. You'll learn about 3-D design fundamentals while fabricating prototypes and finished products. By the end of the course you will be able to recognize a product’s meaning in culture and context, as well as what constitutes effective design for today’s world.
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PAINTING STUDIO
What can painting show us about the post-internet age? This comprehensive studio course will prompt you to consider some approaches to contemporary painting — including traditional, observational and expanded definitions of the medium — as well as provide you with an introduction to how the oldest art discipline is being practiced, interpreted, discussed and made relevant today. The course will begin with instruction on fundamental painting techniques and studio processes such as color mixing, paint application and composition, but hands-on assignments and in-class critiques will prompt you to examine and interrogate the medium itself. At the end of the course you will complete an ambitious individual painting project. Prior drawing experience will be helpful for this course. This course is taught in oils.
Nude figure models may be used in this course. 
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PHOTOGRAPHY
Move past your camera’s automatic mode to take your photographs to the next level. Learn the fundamentals of photography — aperture, shutter speed, ISO, lenses and depth of field — while digging into composition, light, color and tonality to create dynamic images. This digital class offers time for hands-on shooting within Philadelphia’s distinct landscape, along with in-class photo analysis and group critique. A DSLR camera is required for this course.
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SCREENPRINTING
Learn the D.I.Y. medium of dissemination that Andy Warhol famously stole from industrial production processes and transformed into art form. Grasp the basics of screenprinting, from set-up and screen prep to image transferring and printing. Learn to screenprint posters, zines, bags, apparel and more. This empowering course will give you the tools to print your imagery, pattern, logo or message on items of your choice.
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FASHION PHOTO
Fashion and editorial photography is seen by millions of people every day online, in print, and elsewhere. Here's your chance to learn the techniques specific to this contemporary and relevant genre. In this course you'll learn scene set-up and basic lighting techniques for both indoor and outdoor shoots to create intriguing images for digital and print media. Explore advanced camera controls and post-production techniques using Adobe Creative Suite to take your images to the next level of professionalism.
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FASHION + FIBERS: DYEING AND CONSTRUCTION
This dynamic, hands-on course explores the role fabric plays in both fine art and design practice — with specific emphasis on the engagement of fibers in fashion. Learn to manipulate and address fabric, with focus on properties specific to various fibers and possibilities for dyeing. Industry professionals will also show you how to do custom dye work on your own unique constructions. Basic sewing and serging are also covered in this course. At the end of the course, you'll have an in-depth knowledge of dyeing and sewing techniques in fiber with a fashion perspective. Field trips to the Fabric Workshop and Museum will stimulate your imagination and enhance your understanding of fiber and its context.
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FIGURE PAINTING
Gain versatile studio-based strategies for representing the human figure in paint. You'll work primarily from nude models in interior space as you study human anatomy, essential painting techniques, color-mixing, and rendering. Traditional and contemporary approaches to the use of human forms in painting will be addressed, and group critiques will expand your vocabulary around painting and figuration. Sharpen your visual acuity and technical, formal, and conceptual skills in this figure-concentrated course. Prior drawing and painting experience will be useful for this course. This course is taught in oils. 
Nude figure models will be used in this course.
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GRAPHIC DESIGN: POSTERS + PROMO
Design is everywhere in our modern world — posters, publications, album covers, apparel, packaging, digital and other media utilize graphic design to convey messages to viewers. Design and popular culture have grown more intertwined through recent history, and this course aims to explore this relationship in-depth: you’ll investigate the influence of design on trending topics while mastering the technical skills involved in the discipline. In this course you'll focus on the principles and possibilities for visual communication, including graphic form, type design, layout, image treatment, and sequence using the Adobe Creative Suite. At the end of the course you'll have an understanding of graphic design's role through history and in contemporary culture, as well as an introduction to this relevant profession.
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GRAPHIC NOVEL
Think graphic novels are just about illustrations? Think again: in this course you'll strengthen each skill necessary to create a great graphic novel or comic illustration, from conceptual brainstorming to character and narrative development to image making and editing. Learn about contemporary graphic novels and gain insight into what it takes to produce this kind of work. Strong storytelling and drawing skills are helpful for this class.
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JEWELRY + SMALL METALS
Design and construct original metal jewelry or small sculptures in this studio-based course, gaining a hands-on, working knowledge of metalsmithing techniques in the process. Piercing, soldering, riveting, stone setting, oxidizing, and finishing are all explored using silver, bronze and copper. Produce several small-scale metal works and learn valuable techniques for jewelry-making.
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SCULPTURE + INSTALLATION
Sculpture and installation incite physical sensation and emotional response through the manipulation of materials, scale and space. Delve into the process of producing powerful art in 3-D, from concept and studio experiments to selecting materials and site-specificity. Open-ended projects will prompt you to explore your own interests in objects while learning technical skills for composing and constructing large-scale, impermanent works. This course will consider the influence of installation pioneers from Marcel Duchamp to the Gutai movement and Allan Kaprow — and you'll take inspiration from contemporary sculpture and installation artists like Kara Walker, Yayoi Kusama, Félix González-Torres, Nam Jun Paik, Rachel Whiteread, and Jessica Stockholder.
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ANIMATION*
From hand-drawn to high-tech, animation has evolved dramatically since its debut in nineteenth century France. In this course professional animators provide guidance as you learn the basics of motion studies — experimenting with traditional hand-drawn and stop-motion animation as well as digital animation techniques. Over the course of the program you will storyboard, film, edit and execute your own short animated movie or demo reel.
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FILMMAKING*
Film is one of the primary ways we experience stories in contemporary culture — and often it's the most powerful. In this course study direction, cinematography and editing using state of the art cameras, equipment and software. Work with award-winning filmmakers as you learn to balance the many elements of filmmaking: storyboarding, developing characters, shooting scenes and editing. Over the course of the program, you will gain an understanding of contemporary cinema and the various facets of film industry. At the conclusion you'll have created a series of small projects as well as one complete, comprehensive short film. This is an all-day course. You will not choose a course from Major Block B.
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SKATEBOARDING: PHOTO + VIDEO*
In this course you'll photograph and film classmates and guest skaters while learning to document the art of skateboarding. Use Philadelphia's historic skate scene as your backdrop to learn traditional techniques in photo and video and how they apply to skateboarding on and off the board. After capturing your footage and photos, you'll go back to the classroom to edit and print your imagery. Bring your own board and helmet. Both you and your parents will be required to sign a waiver to participate in this course. This waiver is available at: uarts.edu/skateboardwaiver. This is an all-day course. You will not choose a course from Major Block B.
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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:  ILLUSTRATION
Looking to create the perfect protagonist — or adversary — for the story you want to tell? Work from your imagination to develop and design original characters. Use a variety of traditional and digital media to work through a series of thumbnail sketches that evolve into highly-rendered images suitable for various applications — illustration, animation, comic books, cartoons, or graphic novels.
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CINEMATOGRAPHY
Inventive and high-quality cinematography is as crucial to a film's power as its script and actors. Learn to craft shots and scenes critically, with the right combination of composition, lighting and movement. Develop your visual voice while gaining intensive hands-on experience using the University's state-of-the-art equipment, and determine what types of camera movements — from dolly shots to handheld tracking and jib moves — work best for specific scenarios. Visual storytelling is emphasized in this course, including how to use camera movements to evoke time, place, mood, and emotion. By the end of the course you'll have an introduction to the craft of digital cinematography as well as several short clips for your portfolio.
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CREATIVE WRITING
American fiction writer and literary journalist Joan Didion said, "I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear." In this course you'll focus on developing your voice while exploring some contemporary approaches to creative writing. You'll compose original works in a variety of formats based on prompts that incite experimentation — and participate in critiques of your and your classmates’ work with professional writers. Coursework includes fiction, memoir, short story, and poetry. At the end of this course you'll walk away with several new pieces for your portfolio.
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EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING
Lack of boundaries is what makes contemporary art powerful and subversive. This painting course doesn’t emphasize technique or expectation — it harnesses the artist you already are. Consider psychological influences and imaginative approaches to creating paintings, and rethink what makes you call something "good" or "bad" art. Use non-traditional tools to discover unexpected pictorial scenarios. This course will assume an expanded definition of painting from the outset — and although technical instruction will be in painting, you will be encouraged to explore and incorporate other media of your choice including drawing, collage, video, sound, installation, performance, creative writing, et cetera as you hone the inherent skills and understanding you possess. This course is taught in acrylics.
Nude figure models may be used in this course.
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EXPERIMENTAL PHOTO
In contemporary society everyone can be a photographer — in this course, you'll learn how to give your photos distinction from the crowd with an experimental edge. Explore various photo processes and non-traditional ways to consider the photographic image, including processes such as pinhole cameras and cyanotypes using a variety of films and cameras. Your creations from this course will push the boundaries of how one typically relates to photography, images and the world. This course is appropriate for both experienced photographers and beginners.
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KNIT THE CITY: FIBERS  
Make Philadelphia personal. Using knitting, crocheting, weaving and other techniques, participate in the guerilla-style, non-destructive graffiti technique of yarn-bombing. This course will explore the history and concepts behind this growing and relevant art form. You'll learn how to create "cozies" using the aforementioned techniques and turn ordinary objects into new works of art — while individualizing and celebrating the seemingly alienating landscape of a city.
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SKATE INDUSTRY:  ILLUSTRATION + DESIGN
Study one of the most raw and unique cultures in the art world — skateboarding! From skateboard graphics to company logos, its community continues to be a source of original and influential art. Study artists and companies like Jim Phillips, Marc Mckee, Ed Templeton, Habitat, Girl, Anti Hero and many more. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the history, context and impact of this important genre while making your own designs to print on skate decks and related objects.
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TINKERING: TOY DESIGN
Here’s your chance to create your own little Frankenstein. Gain an introduction to product design by performing toy surgery. You will dissect, tinker with and reanimate toys to create an original creature. Using simple circuitry, sewing techniques and laser cutting methods, you'll learn to hack ordinary objects and reimagine your everyday environment.
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ADVANCED DRAWING PROJECTS
Drawing is a generative medium with a rich history. Experiment with drawing processes through conceptual, multidisciplinary, performative and collaborative approaches. Learn to shape and structure space using both traditional and non-traditional materials. Open-ended projects will engage the subject of drawing through prompts that encourage you to work in media of your choice. Lectures will introduce you to contemporary artists who work in drawing, and in-class discussions and critiques will focus on drawing as a contemporary response to the world and how it is critically evaluated today.
Nude figure models may be used in this course. 
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ART FOR GAMES
Delve into the complex and intricate world of games. Focusing on pre-production processes, you'll learn how to design your own characters, backgrounds, and levels for video games. Explore game theory as well as structures and techniques for creating visual elements that contribute to digital game design. Learn to construct logical narratives and rules within a hypothetical space, and utilize concept art and design to bring your original game concept to life. Various genres of gaming will be explored, including an overview of the history of the medium.
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DESIGNING WITH DIGITAL TOOLS
Learn to integrate basic design principles, processes and applications using the Adobe Creative Suite in this introductory course. You'll explore the relationship between designing and output — using digital tools to create real world objects that serve as meaningful solutions to design problems. Through a series of exercises and projects, you'll experience how digital design can inform, facilitate, inspire, persuade, engage and provoke in contemporary culture. At the conclusion, you'll have a fundamental understanding and technical facility in both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
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DIGITAL EFFECTS FOR FILM + ANIMATION
Create digital effects for both live-action and animated films. Industry professionals will show you how to shoot and light sequences in front of a green screen for compositing into another setting. You'll also create standard effects such as muzzle slashes, classic lightsabers, explosions, and more using particle emitters and other effects appropriate for any genre of work — from sci-fi, fantasy, or horror to drama and comedy. At the end of this course, you'll have hands-on experience working in programs such as Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Photoshop. For your final project, you'll create a portfolio piece complete and original special effects sequence: from storyboard through post-production.
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DRAWING INTRODUCTION
Drawing is the most basic, rudimentary art and design tool — and it is a fundamental component of all creative disciplines. If you have not had formal training in drawing, here's the place to start. Instruction will focus on drawing from life, including still life, models and landscape. You'll explore foundational observational drawing techniques such as light, shadow, rendering, perspective, and composition. Working in classical media such as pencil, charcoal and ink, you'll develop essential skills while learning about the various contemporary applications for drawing.
Nude figure models will be used in this course. 
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FIGURE DRAWING
Drawing the figure is both challenging and rewarding — and can be crucial for many forms of artmaking and design. This course will allow you to focus exclusively on articulating the human form. Instruction and demonstrations will help you develop drawing and observational skills as well as strategies for checking for accuracy. You'll primarily work from skeletons and models as you learn basic anatomy and skeletal structure, gesture, volume and foreshortening to gain knowledge of figuration that you can draw on for future projects or apply to other media. Prior drawing experience is helpful for this course.
Nude figure models will be used in this course. 
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STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
Follow in the footsteps of pioneering street photographers such as Eugène Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson — and contemporary artists like Lee Friedlander and Stephen Shore — by capturing the city’s spirit with your lens. Explore camera control along with essential photographic concepts such as “the decisive moment” and historical context. You'll put these concepts to use on walking trips to local Philadelphia parks, markets and galleries, where you’ll transform the conventional into the exceptional and hone your distinct perspective of the world around you.
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TAXIDERMY AS WEARABLE ART
Taxidermy is one of the world's oldest and most alluring crafts. In this introductory course, you'll creatively repurpose, design and fabricate animal specimens. Learn the essentials of basic taxidermy under the supervision of a seasoned instructor, ultimately completing accessories or wearable embellishments of your design. Specimens for class are sourced humanely and are safe to handle.
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WOODWORKING STUDIO
This course explores wood as material, and covers basic joinery theory and hand and power tool manipulation. Instruction and demonstrations include an overview of the fundamental properties and possibilities of wood, proper use of band saw and shaping tools including rasps, chisels, small hand planes and gouges, and contemporary applications for woodworking. Learn how to approach woodworking from a design standpoint and draft drawings to create a working plan. Open-ended, hands-on projects encourage you to explore your original design ideas while gaining useful technical skills.
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ZINE + SMALL PRESS
Explore the subversive role of zines, from their emergence in the 1970s as a feature of the concurrent punk scene, to their contemporary cultural relevance. You'll come to understand your own agency in the world by creating original printed zines using time-honored D.I.Y. methods: hand-drawing, printing, photocopying, folding and distributing — and you'll also be prompted to innovate these methods to adapt to twenty-first century media platforms. Projects will encourage a spirit of experimentation, inclusion, collaboration and community engagement. The course will include a field trip to a local zine distributor where students will be able to peruse the small press creations of Philadelphia’s local political dissidents and social peripherals.
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