We are excited to launch innovative online programs designed to prepare young actors, dancers, musicians, artists, designers, and entrepreneurs to navigate their art form this summer. Each program focuses on new artistic ideas, practices and skills to build and strengthen portfolios. 

While we can't meet face-to-face this summer, we can grow, learn, create and build together in a virtual space. Join our creative community for the opportunity to collaborate with other young artists and make meaningful connections with mentors. Enjoy new creative challenges and get a head start on college preparations while earning 1.5 college credits in each two-week online program.

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2020 Student Work Showcase

The online gallery of student work from the 2020 Summer Institute online program celebrates the focus, creativity and initiative of these young artists.

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Who can register?

Motivated high school students of all backgrounds who demonstrate the ability to succeed in the program.

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Schedules

Programs are taught on Canvas, an online learning platform, and include live video meetings via Zoom. Each day may include discussions, demos, peer reviews, daily assignments, and independent work time.  Regular instructor feedback and check-ins are conducted throughout the day.   

Monday–Friday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m (EST)*

*Schedules may vary by program. Students will receive details regarding their daily schedule in mid-June, prior to the start of classes. Students are required to participate fully in their program, with no options for partial days or courses.

Programs

2 weeks | 1.5 college credits
 

The Program

In the two-week Art, Media & Design program, your interests drive your experience. You’ll gain new skills and learn to think critically about art through college-level art and design projects and critiques in your selected workshop.

The Premise

Learn from the artists and creative professionals who comprise UArts faculty. Each workshop is designed to expand your perspective on contemporary art-making and support your artistic development. You’ll get feedback from instructors along the way and complete new work for your portfolio.

Outcomes

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 descriptions below for detailed overviews.

Session 1: July 13-24

Animation

Learn the basics of motion studies from a professional animator and see your original animated projects come to life. You’ll storyboard, film, edit, and execute short animations, using both stop-motion and digital techniques, and create a polished demo reel to be used for college admissions or other applications. CLASS IS FULL.

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.

Desktop Remix Cinema

Make short personal films from the comfort of your desktop using contemporary and experimental approaches. With the instruction of a professional filmmaker, you’ll work with techniques developed by artists that utilize found footage and the "remix" concept to create your own boundary-pushing new work.

Graphic Design

Today, design is everywhere. Posters, publications, album covers, apparel, and digital media utilize graphic design to convey messages to viewers. In this two week class, you’ll focus on basic principles of design and the possibilities of visual communication, type design, layout, image treatment and sequence. Students will create an effective final design using visual problem solving techniques, mixed-media and Adobe Creative Suite. CLASS IS FULL

Illustration

Gain an understanding of both hand-drawn and digital processes of picture-making that blend story, concept, and design in comics, children’s books, advertising, editorial and other applications. You’ll encounter subject matter sourced from various fields and be prompted to respond with imaginative illustrations that articulate insight and draw an emotional response. CLASS IS FULL.

Photography

Discover new ways to make evocative photographs from your everyday environment. Work with a professional photographer as you dig into composition, color, and experimental cameraless techniques to create dynamic images. You’ll make better use of your camera, learn the fundamentals of photography, and explore its outer limits.

Portfolio Preparation

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.

Products for a Better World

Do you often think about how to make the world a better place? In this course, we’ll analyze some of today’s most pressing issues and use design to propose improvements and solutions. Working with a professional product designer, you'll learn about how designers develop products, how to communicate your ideas through drawings and models, and what to consider when it's time to manufacture. Periodically, interesting guests and product designers will join us for demos and discussions.

Session 2: July 27-Aug. 7

Film Analysis and Scene Construction

This course for aspiring filmmakers and the cinema-curious decodes the strategies, forms, and techniques of narrative filmmaking through examples, screenings, discussions, and hands-on filmmaking projects. With the guidance of a professional filmmaker, you’ll work with tools and techniques available in your environment to entirely reconstruct a scene of your choice. Through this process, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how to create short films with cinematic values.

Illustration: Sketchbooks

Learn to use your sketchbook as a visual journal for observation and invention. You’ll experiment with markers, paint, paint pens, ink and cut paper, and virtual field trips encourage you to work from life and your imagination.

Portfolio Preparation

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.

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. Dissect non-traditional story forms ranging 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.

Writing and Drawing for Comics

Examine how text works with sequential images to create stories and worlds in comics, cartoons, graphic novels, motion and other forms of illustrated text. Delve into concepts like dialogue and personal narrative as you draw and create comics to be shared and published online. With the assistance of two instructors, Melissa Lomax and Christian “Patch” Patchell, you will walk through the basics of visual storytelling while honing your personal voice. Students will be encouraged to share their work through a Webtoons page created by UArts Pre-College and on other platforms

2 weeks | 1.5 college credits

The Program

This two-week program is an opportunity to broaden your experience and talent as a writer in a dynamic environment inspired by college-level discussion, prompts, and creative analysis. Develop your voice in a collaborative workshop setting focusing on several genres including fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Learn from award-winning published authors as well as professional editors as you sharpen your skills and hone your craft.  

The Premise

Instructors and guest writers will share advice for unlocking your truth and inspiring others with your writing, as well as tips and tools for submitting your work to literary journals, magazines and zines. You’ll receive individualized attention and critical feedback from mentors and classmates, and be inspired by a variety of writing prompts and observational exercises. Emphasis will be placed on a longer piece that will be workshopped by the class. The program culminates in a final reading where you’ll share the work you’ve created with family, friends, and peers.

Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will:

  • Complete for presentation a polished work of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry.

  • Learn skills in critical thinking and revision practice through peer review and workshopping.

  • Build skills in writing autobiographically and/or writing from lived experience.

  • Gain facility with imagery, narrative arc, plotting, symbolism, nuance, metaphorical implication, and character development.

  • Hone skills in poetry, considering structure, rhyme, image, as well as the performative aspects of spoken poetry.

2 weeks | 1.5 college credits
 

The Program

This exploratory two-week program will expand your understanding of dance as an art form, a college major and a career. Participate in daily practices, artist talks, readings and viewings offered by a rotating selection of UArts School of Dance faculty and guest artists; all designed to help you reimagine dance for yourself. Through an expanded arts community, you will engage with technology as a tool for creativity as it relates to improvisation, choreography and performance.

The Premise

Start and end each day with a variety of live practices, designed to explore traditional and emerging techniques, enhance anatomical awareness, encourage risk taking and expansive movement choices, and promote restorative care while working remotely. Students will engage in daily assignments that introduce choreographic strategies for developing their own artistic voice. Emphasis will be placed on elements of design, enhanced by digital media, to expand projects in imaginative directions. The program culminates in a virtual exhibition of student and faculty work.

Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will:

  • Create a virtual exhibition of projects including video, writing, images, etc.

  • Gain valuable skills in sharing, speaking and writing about dance.

  • Demonstrate tools and methodologies used in both the making and performing of dances.

  • Acquire an expanded understanding of contemporary choreographers, performers, practices and career possibilities.
     

 

2 weeks | 1.5 college credits

 

The Program

This dynamic two-week intensive allows instrumentalists and vocalists to explore technique while interacting with master-level musicians. You'll work with renowned UArts faculty to uncover a range of creative possibilities through instrument workshops, listening sessions, master classes and clinics. Coursework will expand the musical and technological skills essential for honing your musicianship.*

The Premise

Meet and learn directly from recognized and established innovators in today’s music scene. Each day a different master class artist will present a unique workshop or clinic covering a variety of skills and knowledge. Meet twice daily with faculty, comprised of professional performing and recording artists, in instrument workshops. Receive an introduction to music technology, including notation software, Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) and the basics of home recording. Listening sessions play a critical role in increasing your exposure to and command of repertoire and styles.

Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will:

  • Acquire new skills and confidence as a musician to support future auditions.

  • Create connections to both a network of peers and actively touring and recording professional musicians. 

  • Develop technology skills to support recording from home. 

  • Demonstrate a richer understanding and appreciation of different styles of music making.  

*Students participating in this program will need access to a Mac computer to support software that will be utilized. Software will be provided by the university.   

2 weeks | 1.5 college credits
 

The Program

This two-week intensive will familiarize you with multiple aspects of the music industry, including audio production, music business concepts and strategies, audio synthesis and  online radio protocol. UArts faculty and guest lecturers include professionals in the music and technology industries, from respected performers to master technicians. Elevate your musical expertise, ask direct questions of the pros and make professional connections for the future.

The Premise

A mix of online discussions, workshops and exercises will help you better understand the possibilities of the ever expanding music industry. This comprehensive program includes opportunities to compose, program and mix songs using digital audio workstations (DAWs), create your own music using digital synthesizers and broadcast an online radio program. Professionals with a variety of music business specialties will showcase the spectrum of occupations within the industry and cover topics including fIlm scoring, marketing, production, educational initiatives and session work. 

Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will:

  • Create composed and produced pieces designed to showcase their talents.

  • Understand the differences between and application of a variety of microphones and recording equipment types.

  • Understand the basics of music distribution, management, and copyright.

  • Gain experience with basic networking through interactions with industry professionals on a variety of music business topics.
     

 

2 weeks | 1.5 college credits
 

The Program

All great films and television shows begin with a great screenplay. In this two-week screenwriting intensive, you'll explore the art and craft of writing for film and television. Our faculty of award winning filmmakers and screenwriters will guide you through the concepts of story structure and character development as you generate ideas, create outlines, write dialogue, and ultimately craft a short screenplay.      

The Premise

Each morning you'll learn about cinematic storytelling strategies in Film & TV Story Analysis to examine the power of conflict, story structure, and how characters transform and evolve. Through lectures, discussions, readings, and guided screenings of successful films and TV shows, you'll learn what makes a great film or television story, and apply that knowledge to your own scripts. 

In the afternoon Screenwriting Workshop class you'll be introduced to the fundamentals of writing for film and TV, including formatting, dialogue, creating memorable characters and writing visually. You'll learn how to pitch an idea, develop an outline and write scripts. With live, online readings of your work, you'll receive the valuable feedback to turn your premise into a screenplay reality. 

Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will:

  • Write a short script (5-10 pages) for a film or TV/Web episode.
  • Develop an ability to pitch story ideas and concepts orally and in writing.
  • Recognize and analyze current and evolving narrative strategies.
  • Learn critical thinking skills and revision practice through peer review and workshopping.

2 weeks | 1.5 college credits
 

The Program

Experience what it means to be a theater-maker in the 21st century in this two-week program. Work across disciplines, discover new things about yourself as an artist and the larger theater community as you explore the process and craft of theater-making. Courses utilize technology to advance your creative making through virtual master classes, interviews and discussions, and full day immersive digital experiences with professionals.    

The Premise

Build a theater artist’s toolbox through daily warm-ups, classes and electives. Core courses focus on process, acting technique and artistry in conversation with complementary lessons in musical theater, dramaturgy, playwriting, film and artist management. Emphasis on community building provides a unique opportunity to get to know fellow students, UArts faculty, UArts undergraduates and professional theater artists. The program culminates in a final sharing for family, friends and peers.

Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate a richer understanding and appreciation of theater-making through command of a common vocabulary.

  • Express a deeper level of comfort performing individually, with partners, and through technological means through exercises, monologues and/or scene work.

  • Be able to connect the body, breath, and voice for a free, clear, strong, and authentic vocal expression through acting performance, manifesti presentation, public speaking and singing. 

  • Be able to serve as an active and constructive member of a studio atmosphere, supporting and challenging classmates through discussion, collaboration and feedback.

Tuition

Program Cost: $950 (includes a $50 non-refundable registration fee)

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