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Creative summer classes for rising 9th - 12th graders

Pre-College Summer Workshops are taught by expert faculty in an abbreviated, two-week schedule, letting you focus on your vision and skills while getting a taste of the UArts campus experience.  

Students who successfully complete a Summer Workshop receive 1.5-credits.  Housing is available for rising juniors and seniors.  Summer Workshops do not require an application.  

Summer 2019 registration will open in January 2019.   

July 8 - July 21, 2019 (2 weeks)​​​​​​​

July 8 - 19, 2019

Workshops meet Mon - Fri, 10am-4pm, with a break for lunch.

Registration opens January 2019

Studio Art: Painting + Drawing

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, pinching, and extrusion. 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

Design is everywhere in our modern world — posters, publications, album covers, apparel, digital and other media utilize graphic design to convey messages to viewers. Design and popular culture have grown more intertwined through recent history, and this course aims to explore this relationship. You’ll focus on the principles and possibilities of visual communication, including graphic form, type design, layout, image treatment, and sequence using the Adobe Creative Suite. Investigate the influence of design on trending topics while mastering the technical skills involved in this relevant profession.

B & W Photo: Street + Darkroom

Follow in the footsteps of pioneering street photographers such as Eugène Atget and Henri Cartier-Bresson — and contemporary artists like Vivian Maier, Diane Arbus, and Bill Cunningham — by capturing the city’s spirit through your lens. Develop your own photographs and explore camera control along with essential photographic concepts such as “the decisive moment”. You’ll put these concepts 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. Previous experience with basic photographic concepts is preferred for this course.

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.

Summer 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 Workshop Faculty

Kate Brown

Drawing, Figure Drawing, Portfolio Preparation
Katie Haire

MAT '11 + BFA '10

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Sean Hogan

Janet Iafrate

Creative Writing
Kaitlin Kerr

BFA '09

Jewelry + Small Metals
Jeff Kilpatrick

Comic Character Design
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Chelsea Majuri

Graphic Design
Erin Murdock

BFA '16

Glass Exploration
Andrea Poulsen

BFA '05

Photography I: The Essentials, Street Photography
UArts Pre-College Summer Institute for High School Students - Sculpture Faculty - Hope Rovelto
Hope Rovelto

Sculpture (Clay)

Tuition & Fees

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 & weekend activities and field trips
+ 1.5 college credits
+ College-level workshop
+ Lunches** (optional - additional fee applies)

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. 

Scholarships are not available for Summer Workshops. 
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Space permitting, registrations for Summer Workshops will be accepted on an on-going basis.  Summer Workshops are1.5 credits.  Housing is available.

Students who participate in the Summer Workshops are expected to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct.
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Registration will be available in January 2019.

  • Register online: Use the  Register Now  links below each course description.
  • Register by mail: Complete the Registration Form and submit it with full payment to the Pre-College office.

    Email: precollege@uarts.edu
    Fax: 215.717.6538
    Mail: The University of the Arts, Pre-College Programs
    320 S. Broad Street  |  Philadelphia, PA 19102
    Visit: The University of the Arts, Pre-College Programs
    Terra Hall, Room 909 (9th floor)
    211 S. Broad Street  |  Philadelphia, PA 19102
    Call: 215.717.6006


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Pre-College Programs
211 S. Broad St, Terra Hall 909
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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