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Teen Ink Summer Program and Camp Guide for Teens


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.


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 you explore your passions in a supportive environment. High School courses offered in Fall and Spring too!

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Corcoran Pre-College Portfolio Development(opens in a new window)

Designed specifically for high school students, who want to prepare themselves for college admission and undergraduate success in photography, fine art, and design.

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Between the Lines(opens in a new window)

An exciting two-week creative writing and cultural exchange program. 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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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, internship, and middle-school enrichment programs.

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Syracuse Summer College(opens in a new window)

This 6-week academic program allows high school students to study, explore career interests and earn college credit.

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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). Students study architecture, urban design and sustainable city planning through a series of lectures, field trips and design studios.

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USC Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Workshops 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 to assess your talents, interests, and values. Your experience will help you clarify your options as you prepare for the college application process.

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Maine Media Workshops(opens in a new window)

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

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

The Jewish Museum has an annual studio arts program for high schoolers, where you’ll learn new approaches to painting, sculpture, videography & ceremonial arts while exploring NYC!

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

A college-level summer program 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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Video Production Camp(opens in a new window)

Held at Stanford and UC Berkeley, our future 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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Parsons Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

This summer, students from around the world will come to 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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US Performing Arts(opens in a new window)

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

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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 environment with professional artists and instructors.

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

Experience college life, pursue new academic challenges and earn college credit. Take a two-week seminar or choose from a variety of three- to eight-week courses.

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

This is an architecture program 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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Cranbrook Summer Art Institute(opens in a new window)

We offer 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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Montserrat College of Art(opens in a new window)

Visual arts pre-college program for credit for high school juniors and seniors. On Boston’s beautiful North Shore.

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

Experience college life and prep while exploring New York City with high school young men and women from across the country and around the world!

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Putney School Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

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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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. We offer 10 art forms, plus amazing interdisciplinary classes. All arts, all of July.

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Pratt Summer(opens in a new window)

Study the fine arts, architecture, creative writing and more at this prestigious institute this summer.

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Michigan Engineering(opens in a new window)

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 weeks at UPenn. Choose courses in animation, drawing, filmmaking, photography, sculpture, graphic design, printmaking, product design, and more.

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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 programs for high school students in art, media + design, creative writing, dance, music, and theater.

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

High school sophomores and juniors learn about the college experience by studying for three weeks and earning college credit at the University of Miami!

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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 in Fine Arts, Music, Theater, Rock Bands, Dance, Circus, Magic and fun water fun and land sports.

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Cushing Academy(opens in a new window)

A unique boarding school experience for students 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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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 students.

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Portsmouth Abbey(opens in a new window)

Students learn in a friendly and structured style of life and strengthen their academic position while also taking enrichment courses.

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iD Film Academy(opens in a new window)

Immerse yourself in filmmaking or photography! 2-week, pre-college, intensive summer program 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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Alfred University Theater Institute(opens in a new window)

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

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Great Books Summer Program(opens in a new window)

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

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

This dynamic program will expand your identity as a writer through intensive workshop experiences.

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

A creative summer program 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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Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design(opens in a new window)

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

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UMass Amherst Summer College(opens in a new window)

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

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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 offerings in the U.S. on a beautiful, historic campus.

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Yale Summer(opens in a new window)

We seek exceptionally promising students of all backgrounds and educate them to develop their intellectual, moral, civic and creative capacities to the fullest.

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Corcoran Summer Photography Programs(opens in a new window)

The Corcoran’s Focus on Photojournalism and Focus on Fine Art Photography programs allow students interested in photography to develop their skills as well as their portfolios.

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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 students to participate in five weeks of academic exploration and discovery.

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ACTeen Film Acting Academy(opens in a new window)

Audition for NYC’s 1st 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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French Woods Festival(opens in a new window)

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

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Emerson College Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

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

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ColoradoCollege Summer(opens in a new window)

Colorado College Pre-College Program - Earn college credit, and find out if Colorado College and the Block Plan are right for you.

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

A 6-week program tailored toward highly motivated students who want to develop their visual arts skills along with college admission portfolio pieces.

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

AADA alumni have been nominated for 95 Oscars, 236 Emmys and 83 Tonys. 6-Week Intensive Programs. New York. Los Angeles.

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

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

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Hotchkiss Summer Portals(opens in a new window)

We accept 8-10th graders in Fall 2007 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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Challenge Program at Saint Vincent College(opens in a new window)

Offers unique “District” and “Pirate” themes that 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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College of Saint Rose Summer Academy(opens in a new window)

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

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Augustana Summer Academy(opens in a new window)

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

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

Study art in the unique atmosphere of a college for the visual arts. On-campus housing is available.

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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 programs for high schoolers, from pre-college, academic, teen tour, and language, to community service and travel.

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Catholic University Summer(opens in a new window)

As a 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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Oxbow Summer Art Camp(opens in a new window)

NO LANYARDS MADE HERE! 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. Ages 14-16.

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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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LITA(opens in a new window)

LITA is a unique language immersion program 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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Art Institute of Boston Young Artist Residency Summer Program(opens in a new window)

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

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

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

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University of Maryland(opens in a new window)

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

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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!

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

Our unique actor training offers techniques to develop the actor’s 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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iD Tech Camps(opens in a new window)

Unlock your limitless potential! Weeklong summer programs 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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Omega Teen Camp(opens in a new window)

Omega Teen Camp is an exciting summer program designed to provide teenagers, ages 13-17, with dynamic experiences to strengthen self-esteem, develop lasting friendships, and have the time of their lives.

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University of Chicago Summer(opens in a new window)

This college-preparatory program engages you in the most rigorous and rewarding study of your life.

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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 writers finishing 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Write new work, revise work-in-progress, and gain insight into the creative process.

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

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

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Westfield State(opens in a new window)

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

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Carnegie Mellon PreCollege(opens in a new window)

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

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Idyllwild Arts(opens in a new window)

The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program has offered students of all ages an exciting array of performing and visual arts courses since 1950.

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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 sessions beginning in June and July.

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ArtsAbroad Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

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

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