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Arts / Photography / Film Programs

Are you a teen interested in learning more about the arts, photography, or film? Our list of summer camps and programs can help you find the perfect camp! These programs provide a unique learning atmosphere for middle schoolers or high schoolers in topics such as fine arts, graphic design, painting, music, photojournalism, architecture, filmmaking, and other interdisciplinary courses. The camp options even include traveling and living in a variety of states and countries, encouraging inspiration and portfolio growth while learning about new cultures and gaining new friends. Looking for a program just for girls? We have that too! Browse our list of summer camps for your perfect camp, and be sure to check out the many scholarship opportunities offered by the programs.


Syracuse Summer College(opens in a new window)

This 6-week academic summer camp allows high school teens to study, explore career interests and earn college credit.

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Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School(opens in a new window)

The Summer School at Phillips Exeter Academy seeks bright, highly motivated teens to participate in five weeks of academic exploration and discovery at our summer camp.

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Sarah Lawrence College Programs For High School Students(opens in a new window)

Discover Sarah Lawrence’s unique programs. 2-week courses in 8 fields. Whatever your interests, SLC will help teens explore their passions in a supportive summer camp environment. High School courses offered in Fall and Spring too!

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RISD Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

A 6-week academic art summer camp tailored toward highly motivated teens who want to develop their visual arts skills along with college admission portfolio pieces.

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Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp(opens in a new window)

Campers (ages 9-16) freely explore the performing and creative arts in a supportive, non-competitive summer camp environment with professional artists and instructors.

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The Jewish Museum: SummerArts(opens in a new window)

The Jewish Museum has an annual studio arts summer camp for high schoolers, where teens will learn new approaches to painting, sculpture, videography & ceremonial arts while exploring NYC!

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ArtsAbroad Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and Dance summer camp and travel programs in Europe and the Caribbean. Open to teen students age 14-19. Prepare for college, see the world, and improve your art!

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Pratt Summer(opens in a new window)

Study the fine arts, architecture, creative writing and more at this prestigious institute's summer camps for teens.

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Cushing Academy(opens in a new window)

A unique boarding school summer camp experience for teenagers from across the U.S. and the world, combining challenging academics with great athletics, performing and visual arts, and excursions across New England.

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Hotchkiss Summer Portals(opens in a new window)

Our summer camps accept teens entering 8-10th grade who have a strong interest in chamber music or environmental science. Hands-on instruction from well-known faculty, scholars and artists. Substantial financial aid is available.

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Abroad Programs by SPI(opens in a new window)

High school study abroad programs for college credit in Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica and China. Earn college credit and have the summer of your life with an SPI summer program!

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BIMA -The Berkshire Institute for Music and Arts(opens in a new window)

BIMA summer camp engages Jewish teens in an intensive arts program at Williams College to advance their skills in music (choral/jazz/chamber ensembles), creative writing, or painting.

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University of Maryland(opens in a new window)

College-bound middle and high school teens pursue academic interests, discover career opportunities, and explore university life at this summer camp. Enjoy interactive activities with students who share similar abilities.

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iD Tech Camps(opens in a new window)

Teens, unlock your limitless potential! Weeklong summer camps held at over 80 prestigious universities across the nation, including Stanford, Yale, Princeton, and others. Create iPhone apps, video games, C++/Java programs, movies, robots, and more.

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Interlochen Center for the Arts(opens in a new window)

Study creative writing, music, theatre arts, visual arts and dance at a summer arts camp for students ages 8-18 or an arts academy for 435 high school teens.

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Young Actors Camp Hollywood(opens in a new window)

As a launching pad for teen actors who aspire to work in the Los Angeles film/TV industry, our training DURING and support AFTER summer camp is the most unique of its kind.

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American Academy of Dramatic Arts(opens in a new window)

Alumni of our summer theater camps have been nominated for 95 Oscars, 236 Emmys and 83 Tonys. 6-Week Intensive Programs. New York. Los Angeles.

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Earlham Explore-A-College(opens in a new window)

A college-level summer camp for high-schoolers. Take a class from an Earlham professor and earn 2 college credits. Classes in Sciences, Languages, Humanities, Art and Outdoor Education

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Blue Tree creative programs for girls(opens in a new window)

A creative summer camp for girls ages 11 to 17... Writing, Fashion, Dance, Acting, Story Arts, (maga)Zine and more! Two-week residential sessions at Bryn Mawr College (PA) and Smith College (MA). Join us!

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University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute(opens in a new window)

The University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute in Philadelphia offers intensive summer camps for high school teens in art, media + design, creative writing, dance, music, and theater.

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ColoradoCollege Summer(opens in a new window)

Colorado College Pre-College Program - Teens, earn college credit during the summer as well as participating in Colorado summer camp-like activities. Find out if Colorado College and the Block Plan are right for you.

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New York Film Academy Summer Camp(opens in a new window)

Hands-on summer camps available to teenagers 14-17 in Filmmaking, Acting, Screenwriting, Photography, Musical Theatre, Music Video, Broadcast Journalism and Game Design spanning from one-week to six-weeks.

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Challenge Program at Saint Vincent College(opens in a new window)

This summer camp offers unique “District” and “Pirate” themes that teen lovers of the Hunger Games and Elizabethan-era lore will find incorporated into fun events, courses, activities and campus housing for one or two weeks!

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iD Film Academy(opens in a new window)

Immerse yourself in filmmaking or photography! 2-week, pre-college, intensive summer camp where teens build a portfolio, interact with professionals, and tour a studio. Held at Yale. Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Lightroom & more.

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Northwestern University College Prep Program(opens in a new window)

Teens, experience college life, pursue new academic challenges and earn college credit at our summer camps. Take a two-week seminar or choose from a variety of three- to eight-week courses.

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Cranbrook Summer Art Institute(opens in a new window)

This summer camp program offers 3-week summer classes to teenagers serious about art. All abilities welcome! Classes include video, photography, architecture, sculpture and zine-making

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French Woods Festival(opens in a new window)

America’s leading performing arts summer camp where every child or teen chooses their own individual schedule, from more than 80 activities run by certified teachers and counselor specialists.

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Actors Movement Studio: Summer Theater Institute(opens in a new window)

Our unique summer camp offers training in techniques to develop teenage actors’ Voice, Presence, and Imagination. Work with some of the world’s most respected teachers and Guest Artists. 5 weeks in NYC, begins June 1.

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Julian Krinsky Pre-College Enrichment(opens in a new window)

JKCP offers an innovative lineup of summer camps that include instruction by professionals in tennis, business leadership, science, computers, fitness, cooking, the performing arts, engineering and more.

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Carnegie Mellon PreCollege(opens in a new window)

Internationally recognized for our summer camp programs in computer science, fine arts, engineering, business and the humanities. You’ll find a dynamic, intense teen student body working very hard -- and playing hard, too!

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Westfield State(opens in a new window)

Westfield State features residential summer camps for teenagers ages 14 to 17. Check out Westfield CSI or Flight Academy!

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Oxbow Summer Art Camp(opens in a new window)

NO LANYARDS MADE HERE! Teens get professional instruction, field trips, state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor studios, lots of art, gourmet food, and FUN! No applications, portfolios or previous art training needed to attend our summer camp. Ages 14-16.

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Art Institute of Boston Young Artist Residency Summer Program(opens in a new window)

The Young Artist Residency Program (YAR) summer camp at The Art Institute of Boston (AIB) at Lesley University offers a full schedule of summer courses and activities for college credit. Experience Boston and college life.

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Maine Media Workshops(opens in a new window)

These intensive hands-on programs for teens are taught by working artists using state-of-the-art equipment. Combine an exploration of filmmaking, photography or multimedia with a true Maine summer camp experience.

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USC Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Summer camp workshops for teens include The USC Young Actors Workshop and The USC Summer Science Program for Girls

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Tufts Summer Study(opens in a new window)

An opportunity for teens to assess their talents, interests, and values. Your summer camp experience will help you clarify your options as you prepare for the college application process.

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LITA(opens in a new window)

LITA is a unique language immersion summer program for teens that offers a personal and small group approach to exploring Spain. LITA programs focus around a homestay and explorations off the beaten path.

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ACTeen Film/Theater Conservatory(opens in a new window)

Audition for summer programs and day camps at NYC’s first and most recommended teen film and theater acting conservatory. Professional working staff and graduates (currently starring in nine TV series) attest to quality training.

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Penn Summer: University of Pennsylvania(opens in a new window)

Summer at Penn provides among the most comprehensive and academically-stimulating credit course summer camps for teens in the U.S. on a beautiful, historic campus.

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Yale Summer(opens in a new window)

Our academic summer camp program seeks exceptionally promising teen students of all backgrounds and educates them to develop their intellectual, moral, civic and creative capacities to the fullest.

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Alfred U. Summer Writing Institute(opens in a new window)

This dynamic overnight summer camp will expand teens' identities as writers through intensive workshop experiences.

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Catholic University Summer(opens in a new window)

Skip summer camp – as a teenage CUA Summer College student, become immersed in college life and get a head start on your college career before you finish high school!

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Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design(opens in a new window)

Summer art camps at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design for high school teens who are serious about building their portfolios for college admission.

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Emerson College Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Teenagers, explore your passion at Emerson College. Choose from summer camps in filmmaking or film writing, acting, musical theatre, stage design, creative writing, journalism or political communication-social advocacy-leadership.

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University of Miami Summer Scholar(opens in a new window)

Teens entering their junior and senior years in high school learn about the college experience by studying for three weeks and earning college credit at the University of Miami!

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UMass Amherst Summer College(opens in a new window)

A Pre-college summer camp for qualified high school teens. Two week or six week course intensives and research opportunities, the end of June through early August.

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Center for Creative Youth(opens in a new window)

Supported by National Endowment for the Arts, high school students spend 5-weeks at Wesleyan University. Our summer camp program offers 10 art forms, plus amazing interdisciplinary classes. All arts, all of July.

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Summer Discovery & Discovery Internships(opens in a new window)

Welcome to Summer Discovery Pre-College Programs, the world's finest and most popular teen summer high school enrichment programs, internships, and middle-school summer camps.

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design(opens in a new window)

Teenagers who enroll in our summer camps can study art in the unique atmosphere of a college for the visual arts. On-campus housing is available.

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Montserrat College of Art(opens in a new window)

Visual arts pre-college summer camp for credit for teens entering 11th and 12th grades. On Boston’s beautiful North Shore.

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Art on the Farm at Cow House Studios(opens in a new window)

Make art in Ireland during this three-week summer camp where teens study painting, drawing & photography. Live on our family farm, work in a beautiful studio, and travel the county from Dublin to the West.

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago(opens in a new window)

The Early College Program Summer Institute at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers two- and four-week summer camp sessions for teens beginning in June and July.

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Idyllwild Arts(opens in a new window)

The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program camp has offered teens an exciting array of performing and visual arts courses since 1950.

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Putney School Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Teenage students at our summer camp work closely and cooperatively with professional artists, writers and performers in the visual arts, the performing arts, and creative writing on a spectacular hilltop campus in southern Vermont.

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Southern California Institute of Architecture(opens in a new window)

Design Immersion Days summer camp program introduces teen students to careers in architecture and design through the exploration of how products, buildings, and environments are imagined and made.

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Arts and Performing Arts Camp at Long Lake(opens in a new window)

An oasis for Performing and Fine Arts. YOU design your perfect summer camp in Fine Arts, Music, Theater, Rock Bands, Dance, Circus, Magic and fun water fun and land sports.

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embARC at UC Berkeley(opens in a new window)

embARC is an intensive, four-week summer design academy for high school students held at the College of Environmental Design (CED). Teens explore architecture, urban design and sustainable city planning at our camp through a series of lectures, field trips and design studios.

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Alfred University Theater Institute(opens in a new window)

The AU Theater Institute summer camp, created for talented high school students, offers a unique blend of in-depth performing arts training, dynamic, engaging faculty, terrific facilities and lovely surroundings.

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Video Production Camp(opens in a new window)

In our summer camps held at Stanford and UC Berkeley, teen filmmakers’ creativity and technology skills will definitely be challenged! Students entering grades 7-12 work with top Bay Area professionals and start shooting on day one!

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Great Summers(opens in a new window)

Experience the summer of a lifetime! Free info. and expert guidance on 800+ outstanding summer programs and teen camps for high schoolers, from pre-college, academic, teen tour, and language, to community service and travel.

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College of Saint Rose Summer Academy(opens in a new window)

Our exciting Summer Academy for teens in grades 6-10 provides parents and students many different summer camps to choose from that are flexible and convenient.

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Juniper Institute for Young Writers at UMass(opens in a new window)

Intensive fiction and poetry workshops, and exposure to world-renowned authors, for teen writers finishing 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. At our summer camp, write new work, revise work-in-progress, and gain insight into the creative process.

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Michigan Engineering(opens in a new window)

At our summer camps teens learn Java, C++, Flash, web development, Pocket PC, game programming, digital filmmaking, virtual reality, system administration...

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Art: Summer at Penn(opens in a new window)

Four-week summer camp at UPenn. Teens can choose from courses in animation, drawing, filmmaking, photography, sculpture, graphic design, printmaking, product design, and more.

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Parsons Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

This summer, teens from around the world will come to summer camps at Parsons The New School for Design in New York and Paris to learn more about design and themselves through intensive pre-college courses.

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Augustana Summer Academy(opens in a new window)

Fun college-like academic summer courses for high school students taught by popular professors. From Harry Potter to human cadaver dissection, there’s something for everyone. Evening summer camp activities included.

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Portsmouth Abbey(opens in a new window)

Teens learn in a friendly and structured summer camp and strengthen their academic position while also taking enrichment courses.

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Between the Lines(opens in a new window)

An exciting two-week creative writing and cultural exchange summer camp for teens. Improve your writing, make international friends, live in university dorms, and have fun in the UNESCO city of literature, Iowa City.

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US Performing Arts(opens in a new window)

Taught by leading industry professionals and partnered with universities across the country, our summer camps give teenagers the opportunity to pursue their passions while getting a taste of life on a college campus.

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University of Chicago Summer(opens in a new window)

This college-preparatory summer camp engages teens in the most rigorous and rewarding study of their lives.

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Architecture: Summer at Penn(opens in a new window)

This is an architecture summer camp for high school students offered by University of Pennsylvania School of Design. The program prepares students for college admission. Students will experience college life and create their own portfolios.

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Great Books Summer Program(opens in a new window)

Great Books Summer Program is a lively, warm and welcoming summer camp community of outstanding teens, grades 6th-12th, who love literature and ideas.

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Barnard Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

Experience college life and prep at our academic summer camps while exploring New York City with high school teens from across the country and around the world!

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