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Thank you to everyone who participated in Summer Institute 2020. Stay tuned for Summer Institute 2021 information coming in January.

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Staff are currently working remotely. Please direct all questions and inquiries to precollege@uarts.edu.

Information below reflects details for cancelled summer 2020 on-campus programs.

July 6 - July 17, 2020 (2 weeks)​​​​​​​

Spend all day in the studio developing your ideas, skills and artistic vision, while getting a taste of the UArts experience.  Studio Workshops do not require an application.  

The Program 

Each workshop meets daily for two weeks, Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., with a break for lunch. Upon successful completion of a Studio Workshop, you’ll receive 1.5 college credits. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend evening open studios on Monday through Thursday. Commuters should plan accordingly.  

The Details

This program is open to rising 9th– through 12th-graders. Rising freshmen and sophomores can participate as commuter students. Rising juniors and seniors can participate as residential or commuter students. Residential students can participate in off-campus field trips on Saturdays. Sundays are exploration days.

Select one:

B&W Photo: Street & Darkroom

Follow in the footsteps of pioneering street photographers—like Eugène Atget and Henri Cartier-Bresson, and contemporary artists like Diane Arbus, Vivian Maier and Bill Cunningham—by capturing the city’s spirit through your lens. Develop your own photographs and explore camera control, and essential photographic ideas. You’ll put these ideas to use on walking trips to local Philadelphia parks, markets and galleries, where you’ll transform the conventional into the exceptional and hone your distinct perspective of the world around you. A 35mm camera is needed.

Clay & Glass

Learn the basics of constructing three-dimensional objects in clay and glass, from techniques and materials to composing and execution. You will focus on handbuilding techniques in clay while designing and creating functional vessels. In the glass portion of the course, you will create complementary pieces through flameworking, kiln-working and coldworking. By the end of the course, you’ll have a hands-on introduction to working with clay and glass three-dimensionally.

Comics & Characters

Looking to create the perfect hero—or antihero—for the story you want to tell? Work from your imagination to develop and design original characters. Use a variety of traditional and digital media to work through a series of thumbnail sketches that evolve into highly rendered images suitable for various applications, like animation, cartoons, comic books, graphic novels and illustrations.

Fashion & Fibers

This experimental course combines apparel design and textile techniques. You’ll focus on basic sewing skills, dyeing techniques and innovative pattern-making processes. Working backward from an existing garment you love, you’ll examine and manipulate its pattern to reimagine the original piece and design your own one-of-a-kind garment.

Game Design

Delve into the complex and intricate world of video games. In this workshop, you’ll explore the principles that inform how games work, what makes them fun, and how they can help us understand our world and social interactions. Learn to construct logical storylines and rules in an imagined space, and utilize interface design, programming tools and aesthetics to bring your original game concept to life.

Jewelry & Metals

Design and construct original metal jewelry in this studio-based course, gaining hands-on knowledge of metalsmithing techniques in the process. Piercing, soldering, riveting, stone setting and finishing are all explored using silver, bronze and copper. Produce small-scale metal works and learn valuable techniques for jewelry-making.

Studio Art: Painting & Drawing

Sharpen your observational, color and spatial understanding as you work from still-life setups and figure models. Learn fundamental drawing and painting techniques, such as composition, contour, light and shadow, surface preparation, color mixing and paint application. You’ll participate in in-class critiques that will develop your critical and technical foundation. Working in classical media such as pencil, charcoal, ink and oil paint, you’ll develop work suitable for inclusion in a portfolio. Nude figure models will be used in this course.

Studio Workshops are taught by artists and creative professionals. Many of our faculty teach in the degree programs at UArts. Our expert instructors are seasoned educators and dedicated artists who enjoy the opportunity to share their expertise and collaborate with the next generation of artists.

Summer 2020 Studio Workshop Faculty Include

Kate Brown

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Shelby Donnelly

Kaitlin Kerr

BFA '09

Jeff Kilpatrick

Andrea Poulsen

BFA '05

Sarah Brett

BFA '16

Residential Commuter

Program Cost: $2,685

Program Cost: $1,775 
*With optional meal plan: add $130
1.5 college credits
College-level workshop
Housing + meals for 2 weeks
Evening open studio time & weekend activities and field trips
1.5 college credits
College-level workshop
Lunches* (optional - additional fee applies)
​​Evening open studio time (optional)


Student Life & Housing 

Students will receive a syllabus & supply list prior to the first day of class. The items on this list must be obtained by the student. The cost of supplies varies by course and ranges from $30 and $150. Please contact the Pre-College office for class-specific estimates.

Discounts and scholarships must be reflected in the payment calculation at the time of registration; no refunds will be issued retroactively to correct overpayment.  Students registering with a discount cannot register online.  

Child of Alum Discount
Children of a UArts, PCPA or PCAD alum are entitled to a 10% discount (on tuition only). The parent must list the school, major studied, and year of graduation on the registration form. 

Returning Student Discount
If a student has participated in a prior Pre-College Summer Institute or Saturday School program at the University of the Arts, they are entitled to a 10% discount (on tuition only). Please enter the term attended, year, program, and the course on the registration form. 

Full and partial-tuition scholarships are available by application.  View scholarship requirements  

  1. Complete a Summer Institute application form. 
    Use the online form or submit the downloadable PDF registration form by mail.  
  2. Make a nonrefundable deposit of $200 when you apply.

- Non-US Citizens and Non-US Permanent Residents: View additional instructions
- Scholarship applicants are asked to submit additional materials.  View scholarship requirements  

Space permitting, registrations for Studio Workshops will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Students who participate in the Studio Workshops are expected to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct.
Visit Policies to learn more

  • Open house: Sat, Mar 7
  • Priority registration deadline: Sat, Mar 7
  • Scholarship application deadline: Fri, Mar 20
  • Scholarship notification: Fri, Apr 10
  • Balance and payment due: Fri, May 15 ($60 late fee after May 15)
  • Automatic withdrawal for students with unpaid balances: Fri, May 29
  • Residential move-in: Sun, Jul 5
  • Classes begin: Mon, Jul 6



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