Summer Institute


Summer Institute offers innovative in-person programs for rising students in grades 10–12 designed to prepare young actors, dancers, musicians, artists, designers and entrepreneurs to navigate their art form.

Choose a program that parallels UArts’ college experience. You’ll be immersed in artistic and critical study while getting inspired with new ideas, insights and perspectives. You’ll earn three college credits in our in-person programs or 1.5 college credits in our online workshops.

At UArts, independent thinkers from around the globe are your collaborators and community. At the end of the program, you’ll be thinking and making like an artist—with focus, motivation and vision.

Who can apply?

Motivated rising students in grades 10–12 of all backgrounds who demonstrate the ability to succeed in the program can apply. Summer Institute programs cover a variety of interests from visual and performing arts to writing. You’ll build your portfolio, explore artistic ideas and learn new skills while earning three college credits in our in-person programs or 1.5 college credits in our online workshops.

The application has closed. 


Summer Institute Programs 2022

Click on your desired program below to learn more and apply.

Pre-College 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 attending class in person to include a COVID-19 vaccine, and also requires all faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, with the exception of approved accommodations.

Once accepted, families will be required to complete health forms which include vaccination details. 

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.

Read UArts' comprehensive and most up to date COVID-19 response in the Community Health Policy. 

Students attending online workshops are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Learn more about the Summer Institute Vaccination Policy.

Studying in Philadelphia

Spend your summer in one of the coolest cities in the U.S. Anchored on the vibrant Avenue of the Arts, our campus is located in the cultural district of Center City—the heart of downtown Philadelphia. During your summer at UArts, you’ll be immersed in creating and growing artistically. But creativity doesn’t stop when classes end. Between impromptu jam sessions and open studios, you’ll find yourself creating something new with a classmate from around the globe or exploring one of Philly’s world-class museums, theaters or concert venues—all a short walk from campus—with teachers and friends.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees vary by program. Click on your desired program above to learn more about costs.


Scholarships for the Summer Institute are awarded to students in high academic standing with significant creative potential and financial need. Scholarship awards are competitive. Students are able to apply for either a merit- or need-based scholarship. 

Learn about Summer Institute scholarships.

Policies & FAQ

Read the in-person Summer Institute 2022 policies.

See the Summer Institute FAQ.

Request Pre-College transcripts.


Philadelphia Campus Tours: Contact the Office of Admissions by email,, or phone, (215) 717-6049, to schedule an in-person or virtual tour, portfolio review or an information session.

2021 Student Work Showcase

The online gallery of student work from the 2021 Summer Institute online program celebrates the focus, creativity and initiative of these young artists.

View the showcase.

Pre-College Alumni: where are they now?


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