July 8 - July 19, 2019 (2 weeks)​​​​​​​

These two-week intensives allow you to 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 (Monday - Friday), 10 AM - 4 PM, with a break for lunch. You'll also have the opportunity to attend open studios on Monday - Thursday evenings  (commuters, please plan accordingly).  Students who successfully complete a Studio Workshop receive 1.5 college credits.  

Housing is available for rising juniors and seniors.  Residential students may participate in optional off-campus field trips on Saturdays. Sundays are exploration days. 

Select one:

Studio Art: Painting + Drawing - COURSE FULL

Learn the language of the oldest and most enduring art & design tools. Mastering painting and drawing is fundamental to many creative disciplines today. You’ll sharpen your observational, color, and spatial understanding as you work from still life setups and figure models. The course will begin with instruction on fundamental drawing and painting techniques such as contour, light, shadow, surface preparation, color mixing, paint application, and composition — and personalized instruction along with in-class critiques will further develop your critical and technical foundation. Working in classical media such as pencil, charcoal, ink, and oil paint, you’ll develop essential observational skills and several works suitable for inclusion in a portfolio. Nude figure models will be used in this course.

Material Studies: Clay + Glass

Learn the basics of constructing three-dimensional objects in clay and glass, from techniques and materials to composing and execution. During the first week of the course, you'll work with clay and focus on handbuilding, including slab work, coiling, scoring and pinching. You'll explore surface techniques such as applied texture, slips, and glazing methods to design and create several functional vessel forms and other sculptural ceramic works. The second week of the course will focus on glass: You'll learn various glass processes including flameworking, kiln-working, and cold working, and complete a variety of glass projects requiring teamwork and cooperation. By the end of the course, you'll have a hands-on introduction to working three-dimensonally with these compelling materials.

Graphic Design - CANCELLED

Design rules our visual world: advertising, digital design, and print media like books, posters, and publications use graphic design to communicate messages. Learn about the principles and possibilities of visual communication, including typography, graphic form, layout and image treatment using the Adobe Creative Cloud. Investigate the influence of design on contemporary life and get hands-on experience with this relevant profession.

B&W Photo: Street + Darkroom

Follow in the footsteps of contemporary artists like Vivian Maier, Diane Arbus, and Bill Cunningham — by capturing the city’s spirit through your lens. Discover the magic of darkroom photography as you develop your own film and explore essential photographic concepts such as “the decisive moment.” You’ll put these concepts to use on walking trips to Philadelphia parks, markets, and galleries, where you’ll transform the conventional into the exceptional and hone your distinct perspective of the world around you. (35mm camera required)

Comics + Characters

Looking to create the perfect protagonist — or adversary — 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 — illustration, animation, comic books, cartoons or graphic novels.

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 narratives and rules within a hypothetical 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 or small sculptures in this studio-based course, gaining a hands-on, working 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 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 2019 Workshop Faculty Include

Kate Brown

Studio Art: Painting + Drawing
Kaitlin Kerr

BFA '09

Jewelry + Metals
Jeff Kilpatrick

Comics + Characters
Erin Murdock

BFA '16

Material Studies: Clay + Glass
Andrea Poulsen

BFA '05

B&W Photo: Street + Darkroom
Sarah Brett

BFA '16

Material Studies: Clay + Glass

Residential Commuter

Program Cost: $2,525

Program Cost: $1,625 
*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  

    All Studio Workshop participants are asked to submit:

    1. A completed Summer Institute registration form.  Use the online form or submit the downloadable PDF Registration Form by mail.  
    2. A  non-refundable deposit of $250 (due with registration).  

    - 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: Saturday, March 9
    • Scholarship application deadline: Friday, March 22
    • Scholarship notification: Friday, April 12
    • Balance and payment due: Friday, May 17 ($60 late fee after May 17)
    • Automatic withdrawal for students with unpaid balances: Friday, May 31
    • Move in date for residents: Sunday, July 7
    • Classes begin: Monday, July 8


    Request more info

    Contact Pre-College
    Pre-College Programs
    211 S. Broad St, Terra Hall 1311
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
    (215) 717 - 6430