Saturday School Classes & Registration

Saturday School offers in-person and 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.

Saturday School In-Person Vaccination Policy

In support of UArts’ commitment to health and safety for all members of its community, the university has updated its immunization requirements for students to include a COVID-19 vaccine, and will also require all faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • COVID-19 boosters will be required for all eligible, in-person students prior to the start of classes, or within 30 days of becoming eligible, in accordance with CDC guidance

  • Once registered, students must upload proof of vaccination online. Directions will be shared prior to the start of classes. 

We encourage all to visit to help you find clinics, pharmacies and other locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Learn more about the university’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, including FAQs.

Fall 2022 Courses

Oct. 15–Dec. 10*
Eight Saturdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. (ET)
*No classes on Nov. 26, for fall break

Fall courses and registration will be available in early September. See below for a list of sample courses from Spring 2022.

Register Online

Registration for Fall 2022 courses will open in early September.

All payments are due at the time of registration. Payments may be made by American Express, MasterCard, VISA or checking account transfer.

Acting Studio: Monologues & Scenes

Learn to embody characters truthfully and deeply, striking a chord with audiences and directors alike. Work to develop full and complex characters through a series of monologues or scenes that provide a vivid backdrop for choice-making exercises.


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.

Creative Writing: Fiction

Conjuring up a plot is one thing; executing it effectively is another. Learn the elements and subtleties that transform thoughts and observations into enduring writing. Through a series of exercises in form, content, building characters and developing settings, you’ll learn how to make the stories you imagine come alive.

Digital Filmmaking: Cinematography

Quality cinematography is as critical to a film as its director and cast. Learn to craft shots and scenes critically, with the right combination of composition, lighting and movement. This course emphasizes visual storytelling, creating mood and evoking emotion.

Drawing I: The Essentials

Dive into the most basic art and design tool, and fundamental component of all creative disciplines: Drawing. You’ll focus on drawing from life, including still life, nude figure models and landscapes. Working in classical media such as pencil, charcoal and ink, you’ll develop essential observational skills and several works suitable for a portfolio. Nude figure models may be used.

Drawing for Animators & Illustrators

Create convincing scenes and characters. Work from nude and costumed models, as well as scenery and setups designed to help you get a better grasp on human anatomy, gesture, expression, structure and illusion. You’ll work toward developing believable characters and refined stylizations by applying human anatomy and perspective to your creations.

Figure Drawing

Drawing the figure is challenging, rewarding and crucial to many forms of artmaking and design. Work from nude figure models as you learn basic anatomy, structure and gesture to gain a knowledge of figuration that you can use for future projects or apply to other media. Prior drawing experience is required. Nude figure models may be used.

Graphic Design

Design rules our visual world. Advertising, digital design and print media like books, posters and publications use graphic design to communicate messages. Learn the principles and possibilities of visual communication using the Adobe Creative Cloud. Investigate the influence of design on contemporary life and get hands-on experience with this creative profession.

Illustration: Comics & Graphic Novels

Work from your imagination to develop and design original comic illustrations. Use traditional and digital media to work through a series of thumbnail sketches that evolve into highly rendered images suitable for various applications, including illustration, animation, comic books, cartoons or graphic novels.

Illustration: Setting the Scene

Develop believable worlds by studying atmosphere, perspective and illusion through the outdoor architecture, urban landscapes and indoor spaces of Philadelphia. This course takes place primarily off-campus in public spaces and historic structures located around Old City, Center City, Rittenhouse Park and elsewhere. Work onsite in various media, including pen, watercolor, markers and toned papers to create sketches and sustained drawings. Prior drawing experience is required.

Intro to the Music Industry (online)

Whether your goal is to be in the spotlight, behind the sound board or in the boardroom, move past media portrayal and myth to get a comprehensive look at the music industry. You’ll explore the industry’s revenue models, careers and many moving parts, as well as the roles of entrepreneurship, marketing, law and technology.

Portfolio Preparation (in person)

Create and critically evaluate your visual arts college application portfolio. Work with a variety of 2-D media to create four to six new works with a focus on observational drawing. Review your portfolio with a UArts admissions counselor to assess its strengths and areas for improvement. This course is open to high school juniors and seniors. Nude figure models will be used.

Portfolio Preparation (online)

Create and critically evaluate your visual arts college application portfolio in this dynamic and useful course. Learn strategies for presentation, what colleges look for, and important tips for photographing and editing your work for inclusion in a digital portfolio. Experiment with a variety of media and learn to utilize the resources around you to develop work suitable for inclusion in your portfolio, which you’ll review with a UArts admissions counselor to assess its strengths and areas for improvement.


Grasp the basics of screenprinting, from setup 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.

Sculpture Studio

Sculpture incites physical and emotional response through material choice, scale and space. Learn to make 3-D art, from concept and experiments to materials and execution. Projects allow you to explore while learning technical skills for composing and constructing in clay, plaster and other materials.

Street Photography

Capture the city’s spirit with your lens. Explore camera control on walking trips to local Philadelphia parks, markets and galleries, where you’ll transform the conventional into the exceptional and fine-tune your distinct perspective of the world around you. Previous experience using a camera is preferred.

Writing a TV Pilot

This class will prepare young writers for every phase of TV storytelling, including concept, characters, pitching, crafting an outline, learning writing treatments and executing a pilot script. You’ll view and dissect a tv series to analyze and understand characters, pacing and the creation of gripping stories.

Tuition & Fees

The cost of a spring 2022 Saturday School course is $415. This includes $400 for tuition and a $15 nonrefundable registration and materials fee. There will be a transaction fee, of which the amount depends on the method of payment.

Payment must be made in full at the time of registration.

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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