Summer Institute : Student Life + Activities

At UArts, you'll be in the center of it all.  Our campus in Center City Philadelphia stretches for six blocks along the Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia's main arts and culture district.  Here you will attend performances, gallery shows, lectures, master classes and museum exhibitions as you discover all of the amazing art making we have to offer.

The Scene Student Lounges
Health Services Supplies + Equipment
Facilities Other Expenses

The Scene
Activities in the Curriculum May Include:

› Guest Artist lectures
› Trips to local museums, theaters and concert halls
› Faculty exhibitions and presentations
› Walking tours of the city
› Student exhibits and performances
› Portfolio reviews, presentations and consultations with UArts Admissions counselors

Optional Activities

› Trip to the beach at Wildwood, N.J.
› NYC trip to visit galleries, museums and performances
› Trip to Dorney Park
› Open mic nights and events organized by your Community Advisor

Other Local Attractions

Philadelphia Phillies baseball games
Old City Philadelphia galleries, theaters and and the Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties
Reading Terminal Market
South Street stores and music venues
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Penn’s Landing on the riverfront

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Health Services
The University and Pre-College community is dedicated to keeping all of our students safe and healthy. Health Services are administered by a certified nurse on campus, at no extra cost to the student. Counseling services are also included and available to students who need or want assistance. Students who need emergency care are taken to Jefferson Hospital, located just a few blocks from campus, at the student’s expense.

All students are required to submit health forms, insurance information and immunization reports before arriving on campus. The Director of Health Services will review all medical information before the start of the summer program to ensure that all student needs can be met.

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Our facilities are a mix of historic and contemporary buildings which have been redesigned and updated to meet the needs of artists and performers. All buildings are located along the Avenue of the Arts. Each campus classroom, studio, lab, performance space and gallery is air-conditioned.

UArts’ extensive on-campus library includes a collection of books, magazines, films, slides, music and more. Philadelphia’s Free Library is also a wonderful resource and is located just a few blocks away from campus.

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Student Lounges
Student lounges provide areas for students to relax and socialize with other students. There are lounges located in each residence hall as well as a large Pre-College lounge located in Hamilton Hall. The Pre-College lounge includes couches and chairs, flat screen TVs, game consoles, movies and magazines, and an eating area.

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Supplies + Equipment
You are welcome to bring your own personal art supplies from home, including laptop computers. Campus wi-fi login information will be distributed upon your arrival on campus. Computer labs are also available for Summer Institute students. In addition to bringing arts supplies from home, you should also expect to purchase necessary supplies from an art store in the campus-area. Pre-College students may be eligible for student discounts with their UArts student ID. Supply lists will be distributed at the beginning of the program and will be posted on our website one month prior to the start of the program.

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Other Expenses

Optional trips to the beach at Wildwood, Dorney Park and NYC are at an additional cost to the student. The estimated cost of additional admission, meals and spending money is $100 per trip. Sign-up forms for these trips will be available to students once they are accepted in the Summer Institute.

Spending + Miscellaneous
Residential students spend an average of $80-$100 per week on additional items including laundry, snacks, personal spending and non-required supplies.

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