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Summer Institute Online Workshops

July 18–July 29, 2022 

Two weeks
1.5 college credits
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. ET

In the two-week online workshops, you will gain new skills and learn to think critically about art through college-level art and design courses and critiques in your chosen workshop.


Courses are taught by artists and creative professionals who comprise UArts faculty. Each workshop is designed to expand your perspective on contemporary art-making and support your work, artistic development and portfolio. Each workshop meets daily with a break for lunch. Upon successful completion of a Studio Workshop, you’ll receive 1.5 college credits. 

At the end of this program, students will

  • create new works suitable for inclusion in a portfolio.

  • learn skills in critical thinking and revision practice through critiques.

  • expand vocabulary and technical skills in their chosen visual arts subject area.

Outcomes vary by workshop—see the course descriptions for more details.

A student works on their digital illustration.


Choose one of the following workshop offerings. 

Visual Storytelling

How can a story be conveyed in the most impactful way? Learn how to use images and visual elements to communicate ideas and tell stories more effectively. You’ll explore the craft of visual storytelling by dissecting non-traditional story forms that range from comics to photojournalism to digital multimedia formats. This course focuses on writing exercises, drawing, mapping and storyboarding. At the end of the course, you’ll have concept drawings and finished editorial pieces that showcase your visual voice for use in a portfolio or future project. This class is perfect for students interested in film, animation, illustration, photography, writing, graphic design, game design or any form of visual storytelling.

Comics & Characters

Looking to create the perfect hero or antihero for the story you want to tell? Work from your imagination to design original characters and develop a short-form comic. Learn to use a variety of professional tools, techniques and digital media to create work suitable for various applications like animation, cartoons, comic books, graphic novels and illustrations.

Portfolio Prep 

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.

How to Apply

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Tuition and Fees  

Tuition: $2,000
Program Fee: $150
Total: $2,150



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.


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