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, music business and theater. Read More!
Eat, sleep and breathe the arts at the University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute in Philadelphia. Be part of the country’s most dynamic and intensive summer arts program for passionate high school students.
We offer three and four-week programs for three college credits in Art, Media + Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Theater, Music, and Music Business, Technology + Entrepreneurship.
This immersive program in the vibrant city of Philadelphia enables you to get a taste of the college experience and learn from the same nationally recognized professors who teach our undergraduate programs.
As a Summer Institute student, you’ll be encouraged to be an independent thinker and respected in a supportive environment. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from – and hang out with – other talented students from around the world, all while elevating your skills to a new level.
Get one step closer to your passion by enrolling today in the University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute.
Q&A with University of the Arts
Q: What makes your camp or program unique?
A: At the University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute you will be part of the nation’s most dynamic and intensive summer arts program for high school students. Whether you’re wondering what college is like at an art school or you’re looking to push your art into uncharted territory, UArts brings world-renown practicing artists together to teach, create and collaborate with students from almost every conceivable art, design and performing arts discipline. Plus, students earn three college credits!
Q: Describe a typical day in your camp or program.
A: At UArts you’ll be immersed in art from the inside out, from the moment you open your eyes until the moment you close them. And creativity doesn’t stop when classes end. In addition to class time, you will be attending performances, gallery shows, lectures, master classes and museum exhibitions in one of the oldest, largest and most artistically innovative cities in the country. Between impromptu jam sessions, dances, open studio hours and videogame-equipped student lounges, life after class is just as fulfilling!
Q: What type of teenager participates in your program?
A: Our students are motivated, passionate, fun, dedicated to their craft and eager to learn more. They come from across the globe to experience our innovative programs and work with our professional faculty in our incredible facilities.
Q: Where do your participants come from?
A: Everywhere! Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America and almost all the states in between.
Q: What is the housing like and what can you tell us about the meals?
A: Apartment-style air-conditioned residence halls come with shared bedroom, living room, kitchenette, and private bath for each unit.
Meal plans are provided by the University’s dining service and include options for any dietary needs including vegetarian, vegan, kosher, gluten-free and more.
Q: Please describe what teens have to say about your program.
A: “This program was one of self discovery. I will be leaving the program with a clear understanding (for the first time) of what I want to go into, what living away from home will be like, and the steps I need to take to achieve my goals.”
• “I really enjoyed this program, not only because the classes I attended were very helpful to me as an aspiring visual arts major, but because the experience of living independently in a city and meeting new people was unique and exciting. I never considered applying to this school, but after attending this program I am definitely considering it. After coming here, I am now very excited to go to college and major in visual or fine arts. And I can say that I am sad to leave UArts and attend regular school again in the fall.”
• “I love it here. Yes, the classes were challenging and I learned a lot about pushing myself and growing as an artist, but even more so, I felt free and open and absolutely willing to throw out my inhibitions and enjoy myself .”
• “Every teacher I had was talented both as an artist and as a teacher. I learned so much from them and from my fellow artists. It was great to meet so many people who have the same passions as me.”
• “I learned so much from this program. Every class introduced me to something new that I have never tried before.”
• “I learned that I really want to continue to write for a living. From working on my art seven hours a day, five days a week, I realized that it's what I want to do for the rest of my life, which is a pretty big revelation.”Read More!