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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.


Barnard Pre-College Program

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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Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

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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Art Institute of Boston Young Artist Residency Summer Program

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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iD Tech Camps

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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Actors Movement Studio: Summer Theater Institute

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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Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School

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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Augustana Summer Academy

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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Alfred University Theater Institute

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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Hotchkiss Summer Portals

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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Alfred U. Summer Writing Institute

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

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Corcoran Summer Photography Programs

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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UMass Amherst Summer College

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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RISD Pre-College Program

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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Portsmouth Abbey

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

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University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute

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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Massachusetts College of Art and Design

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

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Julian Krinsky Pre-College Enrichment

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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ColoradoCollege Summer

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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The Jewish Museum: SummerArts

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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Cranbrook Summer Art Institute

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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Emerson College Summer Programs

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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Parsons Summer Programs

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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LITA

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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Pratt Summer

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

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ArtsAbroad Summer Programs

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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Art: Summer at Penn

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

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Art on the Farm at Cow House Studios

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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Earlham Explore-A-College

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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College of Saint Rose Summer Academy

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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Northwestern University College Prep Program

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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Michigan Engineering

Learn Java, C++, Flash, web development, Pocket PC, game programming, digital filmmaking, virtual reality, system administration...

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Southern California Institute of Architecture

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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University of Maryland

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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Montserrat College of Art

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

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Sarah Lawrence College Programs For High School Students

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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Cushing Academy

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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US Performing Arts

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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Carnegie Mellon PreCollege

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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Blue Tree creative programs for girls

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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Oxbow Summer Art Camp

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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American Academy of Dramatic Arts

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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embARC at UC Berkeley

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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Juniper Institute for Young Writers at UMass

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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Summer Discovery & Discovery Internships

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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Interlochen Center for the Arts

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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Catholic University Summer

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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French Woods Festival

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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Westfield State

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

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Idyllwild Arts

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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University of Chicago Summer

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

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Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp

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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New York Film Academy Summer Camp

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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Abroad Programs by SPI

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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Syracuse Summer College

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

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iD Film Academy

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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Putney School Summer Programs

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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Great Summers

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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Corcoran Pre-College Portfolio Development

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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Maine Media Workshops

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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Arts and Performing Arts Camp at Long Lake

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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BIMA -The Berkshire Institute for Music and Arts

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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ACTeen Film Acting Academy

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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Great Books Summer Program

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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Video Production Camp

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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University of Miami Summer Scholar

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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Architecture: Summer at Penn

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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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Center for Creative Youth

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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USC Summer Programs

Workshops include The USC Young Actors Workshop and The USC Summer Science Program for Girls

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Penn Summer: University of Pennsylvania

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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School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Early College Program Summer Institute at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers two- and three-week sessions beginning in June and July.

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Tufts Summer Study

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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Challenge Program at Saint Vincent College

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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Yale Summer

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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Omega Teen Camp

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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