UArts Pre-College Course Registration

Pre-College Saturday School

Writing, performing & visual art classes for high school students.

Courses

To be a successful actor, you must learn how to navigate the audition. Gain critical feedback that will guide you through the entire audition preparation process-from selecting a script and doing a character breakdown, to rehearsal and prepping for the day-of.


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Terra Hall Rm 607
Learn to embody characters truthfully and deeply, striking a chord with audiences and directors alike. Work to develop full and complex characters through a series of monologues and scenes that provide a vivid backdrop for choice-making exercises.


February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
This acrylic painting course emphasizes experimentation over technique. Consider psychological influences and imaginative approaches to creating paintings.


February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
A professional animator provides guidance as you learn the basics of motion studies-experimenting with traditional hand-drawn and stop-motion animation. Over the course of the program, you'll execute your own short animated movie and demo reel


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Terra Hall Rm 1421
February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Distinguish your photos from the (digital) crowd. Experience the alchemy of darkroom photography as you develop film, hand-print images, and explore various darkroom processes and manipulation techniques. This course is for beginners to experienced photographers. (A 35mm camera is required.)


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Terra Hall Rm# 1504
Looking to create the perfect protagonist-or adversary-for the story you want to tell? Work from your imagination to develop original characters and create works suitable for various applications-illustration, animation, comic books, cartoons or graphic novels.


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Anderson Hall Rm 626
Bring the characters in your imagination to life-in 3-D. Using modeling tools and sculpture techniques, you'll learn to design characters in clay for use in stop-motion animation, as reference material for illustrations or animation projects, and as standalone artworks.


February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Conjuring up a plot is one thing; executing it effectively is another. Learn the elements and subtleties that transform thoughts and observations into enduring writing. Through a series of exercises in form, content, building characters and developing settings, you'll learn how to make the stories you imagine come alive.


February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Learn to craft insightful and effective spoken word poems. Examine the work of contemporary poets working in oral traditions, while honing your voice and exploring rhythm, wordplay, intonation and improvisation. At the end of the course, you'll be able to express yourself in powerful new ways.


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Terra Hall Rm 1219
Quality cinematography is as critical to a film as its director and cast. Learn to craft shots and scenes critically, with the right combination of composition, lighting and movement. This course emphasizes visual storytelling, creating mood and evoking emotion.


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Terra Hall Rm 1429
Quality cinematography is as critical to a film as its director and cast. Learn to craft shots and scenes critically, with the right combination of composition, lighting and movement. This course emphasizes visual storytelling, creating mood and evoking emotion.


February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Create more convincing scenes and characters. Work from nude and costumed models, as well as scenery and setups designed to help you get a better grasp on human anatomy, gesture, expression, structure and illusion. Work toward developing believable characters and refined stylizations by applying human anatomy and perspective to your creations.


February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Drawing is the most basic art and design tool, and it is a fundamental component of all creative disciplines. Instruction will focus on drawing from life, including still life, nude figure models and landscape. Working in classical media such as pencil, charcoal and ink, you'll develop essential observational skills and several works suitable for a portfolio.


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Anderson Hall Rm 315
February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Learn basic sewing skills, pattern-making processes and dyeing processes. Working backward from an existing garment you love, you'll reproduce its pattern to design a similar piece. You'll also manipulate patterns, utilize drafting changes and work with found material.


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Anderson Hall Rm 513
Create and construct exciting fashion and garment designs by manipulating textile surface and material exploration. From dyeing to embroidery to sewing machine drawing, add color, dimension or pattern to an existing garment while improving your sewing machine skills.


February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Drawing the figure is challenging, rewarding and crucial to many forms of artmaking and design. Work from nude figure models as you learn basic anatomy, structure, and gesture to gain a knowledge of figuration you can use for future projects or apply to other media. Prior drawing experience is required.


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Anderson Hall Rm 730
February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Delve into the complex and intricate world of digital games. Learn to construct logical narratives and rules within a hypothetical space, and utilize interface design, programing tools and aesthetics to bring your original game concept to life.


February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Design rules our visual world: advertising, digital design and print media like books, posters and publications use graphic design to communicate messages. Learn the principles and possibilities of visual communication using the Adobe Creative Cloud. Investigate the influence of design on contemporary life and get hands-on experience with this creative profession.


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Anderson Hall Rm 627
Learn how imaginative images can bring life to stories through dynamic visual description. Gain an understanding of both hand-drawn and digital processes for visually articulating ideas and meaning in comics, children's books, advertising, editorial and other applications.


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Anderson Hall Rm 727
Work from your imagination to develop and design original comic illustrations. Use traditional and digital media to work through a series of thumbnail sketches that evolve into highly rendered images suitable for various applications, including illustration, animation, comic books, cartoons or graphic novels.


February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Learn to develop believable worlds by studying atmosphere, perspective and illusion through the outdoor architecture, urban landscapes, and indoor spaces of Philadelphia. This course takes place primarily off campus, in public spaces and historic structures located around Old City, Center City, Fairmount Park and elsewhere. Work onsite in various media, including pen, watercolor, markers and toned papers to create sketches and sustained drawings. Prior drawing experience is recommended.


February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Learn to use your sketchbook as a visual journal for observation and invention to develop your creative voice. You'll bind your own sketchbook and fill its pages with experiments that generate new ideas. Projects and demos include working with paint pens, markers, ink and cut paper, and field trips to various sites in Philadelphia encourage you to work both from life and your imagination.


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Anderson Hall Rm 316
Whether your goal is the spotlight, the sound board or the boardroom, move past media portrayal and myth and get a comprehensive look at the music industry. Explore the industry's revenue models, careers and many moving parts, as well as the roles of entrepreneurship, marketing, law and technology.


February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Design and construct original metal jewelry, gaining a hands-on knowledge of metalsmithing and other jewelry techniques in the process. Explore piercing, soldering, riveting, stone setting and finishing using silver, bronze and copper.


February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Learn the language of one of the oldest and most enduring art and design tools. Explore acrylic painting techniques such as surface preparation, color mixing, paint application, media and composition. Develop essential observational skills by working with still lifes and nude figure models.


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Anderson Hall Rm 308
February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Move past your camera's automatic mode to take your photos to the next level. Learn the fundamentals of photography-aperture, shutter speed, ISO, lenses and depth of field-while digging into composition, light, color and tone to create dynamic images. (A DSLR camera is required.)


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Terra Hall Rm 1522
February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Create and critically evaluate your visual arts college application portfolio. Work with a variety of 2-D media to create new works, with a focus on observational drawing. Review your portfolio with a UArts admission counselor to assess its strengths and areas for improvement. This course is open to high school juniors and seniors. Nude figure models will be used.


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Anderson Hall Rm 307
February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Grasp the basics of screen printing, from setup and screen prep to image transferring and printing. Learn to screenprint posters, zines, bags, apparel and more. This empowering course will give you the tools to print your imagery, pattern, logo or message on items of your choice.


February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
An engaging screenplay is essential to a compelling movie. Explore industry terminology, character development, scene building, story structure and the importance of conflict. Through screenings, class discussions and exercises, learn how to create a story for the screen, write a detailed outline and draft a short screenplay.


February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Capture the city's spirit with your lens. Explore camera control on walking trips to local Philadelphia parks, markets and galleries, where you'll transform the conventional into the exceptional and fine-tune your distinct perspective of the world around you. Previous experience using a camera is preferred.


February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Learn the basics of constructing three-dimensional objects in clay. Work with clay and focus on handbuilding, including slab work, coiling, scoring and pinching. Explore surface techniques and glazing methods to design and create several functional vessel forms and other sculptural ceramic works


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Hamilton Hall Ceramics Studio (Lower Level)
Learn how to use images and visual elements to communicate ideas and tell stories more effectively. Create stories and concept drawings 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.


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Anderson Hall Rm 729
Get an overview of the properties and possibilities for wood, and discover contemporary applications for woodworking. You'll learn basic carpentry techniques, woodshop safety and proper use of the tools. Open-ended projects encourage you to explore design ideas while gaining useful technical skills.


October 12, 2019 to December 7, 2019, Anderson Hall Rm 404
February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts