Summer Institute : One-week Intensives

CONCENTRATE. Studio-intensive courses help develop your personal vision and build your skills in a particular subject while giving you a taste of the University of the Arts. One-week Intensives are non-credit.

The Goods
UArts Pre-College Summer Institute offers One-week Intensives for high school students in the Philadelphia area. Choose one, two, three or four weeks of study. You will participate in a full day of classes where you focus on the concentration of your choice from 10 am – 4 pm, with a break for lunch. One-week Intensives give you the opportunity to refine your skills in a favorite medium or experiment with something out of your comfort zone. This program is for rising 9th-12th graders and is a good way to investigate future study at the University of the Arts—whether Pre-College Saturday School, Summer Institute or an undergraduate program.

To register submit a completed Registration Form or call 215-717-6006.

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.

Note: Applicants must send full payment of $560/week with their Registration Form. No scholarships are available for One-week Intensives.

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

› Week One Intensives | July 13 – 17 Week Three Intensives | July 27 – 31
Week Two Intensives | July 20 – 24 Week Four Intensives | August 3 – 7

› Week One: July 13 – 17

Learn the fundamentals of drawing and draftsmanship in this basic drawing course. Working in pencil, ink, charcoal and conte, you will create drawings of the human figure, still life and other subjects.
Glass Blowing + Fusing (FULL)
Explore glass as an expressive and creative medium. Students will use hot glass in molds, learn basic glass blowing techniques, and kiln techniques to fuse glass into forms.  Students must come prepared with close toed shoes.
Photography I: The Essentials (FULL)
With Philadelphia as your backdrop, learn about composition, exposure, and lighting to create inventive photographs.  You will take many walking trips to shoot around the city as well as participate in lessons on using Adobe Photoshop. A digital SLR is required for this course.

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› Week Two: July 20 – 24

Comic Character Design
This course allows you to create and design your own comic book character in terms of image as well as concept and personality. Working from the imagination and using a variety of media, you will develop characters through a series of thumbnail sketches that evolve into a finished and highly rendered image. The characters developed for this class can be used in children’s books, animation, computer animation, comic books, cartoons or graphic novels.
Figure Drawing
Focus entirely 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. Previous drawing experience is advised. 

Share your unique voice while collaborating with other students to layout and publish a one of a kind zine.  Using original work, including sketches, photographs, and/or stories, compose a small run of your publication  on your topic of choice.  From politics to music, from cats to dogs use your ideas to create a piece that can influence the masses. 

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› Week Three: July 27 – 31

Creative Writing
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.
You will begin with the  foundations and basics of color mixing, composition and paint application in this course. You will paint a variety of subjects, including the human form, still life and figures while discussing themes in a historical and contemporary context.

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› Week Four: August 3 – 7

Graphic Design
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 Adobe Creative Suite on a Mac platform.

Jewelry + Metal Design
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.

Portfolio Development
What are colleges looking for in a fine art portfolio? Find out what pieces you need to fill out your portfolio and work with a variety of 2-D media to create new pieces suitable for your college application portfolio. Subjects of study include the human figure (nude models), portraiture, design and still life.

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