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Saturday School Classes & Registration

Do Saturdays differently.

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

  • Students registering for in-person courses must certify their vaccination status at the time of registration.  

We encourage all to visit vaccines.gov 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

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

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

Fall 2022 Courses

Acting Studio: Audition Preparation

To be a successful actor, you must learn how to navigate the audition. Gain critical feedback that will guide you through the entire audition preparation process—from selecting a script and doing a character breakdown, to rehearsing and preparing a digital audition for when you aren’t live in the room with the casting team.


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

Language is an artistic medium that stretches beyond the confines of its more physical counterparts. While there exists fiction and poetry, there also exists other forms of language that lie in between these categories. In this class, students will be free to explore all of these places, as well as potentially creating their own formulas for writing. Through a series of exercises exploring the craft elements of poetry, fiction, and hybrid pieces, students will learn to harness the vast artistic medium of language to develop their own unique creative voices.

Drawing I: The Essentials

Drawing is the most basic art and design tool, and it is a fundamental component of all creative disciplines. Instruction will focus on drawing from life, including still life, nude figure models and landscape. Working in classical media such as pencil, charcoal and ink, you’ll develop essential observational skills and several works suitable for a portfolio.

Drawing for Animators & Illustrators

Create more 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. 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.

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.

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. At the end of the course, you’ll review your portfolio with a UArts admission 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.

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.


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.

See a course you're interested in?

Saturday School is back with in-person classes! Get your hands dirty, and join our creative community. Register for our innovative programs designed to prepare young actors, artists, designers and entrepreneurs to navigate their art form this fall.

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Tuition & Fees

The cost of a fall 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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