Saturday School Classes & Registration

Saturday School offers online writing, performing and visual art classes for students in grades 9–12. Work with creative professionals and UArts faculty who deliver innovative classes designed to prepare young actors, writers, artists, designers and entrepreneurs to navigate their art form. 

Fall 2021 Courses

Oct. 16  –  Dec. 11*
Eight Saturdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. (EST)
Register by Oct. 14. 

*There will be no class on Nov. 27 for fall break. 


Learn the basics of motion studies from a professional animator, and see your original animated projects come to life. You’ll storyboard, film, edit and execute short animations using both stop-motion and digital techniques. Registration has closed.

Film: Remix Cinema

Make short personal films from the comfort of your desktop using contemporary and experimental approaches. With the instruction of a professional filmmaker, you’ll work with techniques developed by artists that utilize found footage and the “remix” concept to create your own boundary-pushing new work. Registration has closed.

Drawing the Everyday

Drawing is a fundamental component of all art and design disciplines. In this course, you’ll become a better observer by learning to find meaningful subject matter, from everyday objects to memories. With feedback from a professional artist, you’ll explore essential techniques such as composition, light, value and perspective as you work through drawings made in graphite, pen and colored pencil. Registration has closed.

Graphic Design

Design rules our visual world: Advertising; digital design; and print media like books, posters and publications use graphic design to communicate messages. Focus on the principles of design and the possibilities of visual communication, type design, layout, image treatment and sequence. You will create an effective final design using visual problem-solving techniques, mixed media and Adobe Creative Suite. Registration has closed.


Gain an understanding of both hand-drawn and digital processes of picture-making that blend story, concept and design in comics, children’s books, advertising, editorial and other applications. You’ll encounter subject matter sourced from various fields and be prompted to respond with imaginative illustrations that articulate insight and draw an emotional response. Registration has closed.

Character Design

Looking to create the perfect protagonist—or adversary—for the story you want to tell? Work from your imagination to develop original characters and create works suitable for various applications—animation, comic books, cartoons, graphic novels or illustration. Registration has closed.

Digital Music Production

Explore basic digital audio theory, as well as fundamental application and strategy, using Ableton Live. This class includes tutorials in arranging and mixing concepts, with a special focus on electronic music techniques and digital synthesis. (Ableton Software will be provided to students)


Sharpen your observational, color and spatial understanding in this course. You’ll learn fundamental painting techniques such as surface preparation, color mixing, paint application and composition. Through personalized instruction and class critiques, you’ll develop your critical and technical foundation in oil or acrylic paints. Registration is closed.

Portfolio Preparation

Create and critically evaluate your visual arts college application portfolio. Learn strategies for presentation, what colleges look for, and tips for photographing and editing work for a digital portfolio. Experiment with a variety of media and learn to utilize the resources around you to develop new work. Conclude the class with a portfolio review with an admissions counselor to assess your portfolio’s strengths and areas for growth. Registration has closed.

Visual Storytelling

Learn how to use images and visual elements to communicate ideas and tell stories more effectively. Create stories and concept drawings that showcase your visual voice for use in a portfolio or a future project. This class is perfect for students interested in animation, film, game design, graphic design, illustration, photography, writing or any form of visual storytelling. Registration is closed.


An engaging screenplay is essential for a compelling movie. Explore industry terminology, character development, scene building, story structure and the importance of conflict. Through screenings, class discussions and exercises, learn how to create a story for the screen, write a detailed outline and draft a short screenplay. Registration has closed.

Parental Consent

Parents/Guardians of students registered Saturday School courses are subject to the following policy:

Parental Consent

I hereby give my consent for my child to participate in Saturday School courses including the possibility of nude models or field trips, as scheduled by instructors at the University of the Arts Saturday School. I hereby grant to the University of the Arts the right to the use of or to reproduce, exhibit, display, broadcast and distribute photographic, videotaped or other images of my child and/or their artwork, as well as University-related works derived from said images, for use in connection with the activities of the University or for promoting, publicizing or explaining the University or its activities. This grant includes without limitations, the right to publish such images as public relations/ promotional materials such as marketing and admissions publications, advertisements, fundraising materials and any other University-related publications or web content. Each student is responsible for observing all regulations in the brochures and website that may affect academic progress, financial obligations, relationships with University authorities, transferability of credits, and acceptance of credits for certification, as well as knowing regulations regarding withdrawals, refunds, deadlines, program changes and academic policy.

It would never have occurred to me that I could have a career doing something related to art without my Pre-College experience.
— Liz O'Donnell Illustration (BFA)


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