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Pre-College Summer Institute

A dynamic summer program for creative high school students passionate about visual arts, performance, and writing.

While we can't meet face-to-face this summer, we can grow, learn, create and build together in a virtual space. Join our creative community for the opportunity to collaborate with other young artists and make meaningful connections with mentors. Enjoy new creative challenges and get a head start on college preparations while earning 1.5 college credits in each two-week online program.

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Learn the basics of motion studies from a professional animator and see your original animated projects come to life. You'll storyboard, film, edit, and execute short animations, using both stop-motion and digital techniques, and create a polished demo reel to be used for college admissions or other applications.


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Looking to create the perfect hero-or antihero-for the story you want to tell? Work from your imagination to design original characters and develop a short-form comic. Learn to use a variety of professional tools, techniques, and digital media to create work suitable for various applications like animation, cartoons, comic books, graphic novels and illustrations.


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Students who participate in this program will have a hands-on opportunity to broaden their experience and talent as writers in this dynamic environment inspired by college-level discussion, prompts, and creative analysis. Students will develop their voice in a collaborative workshop setting focusing on several genres including fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Students will learn from award-winning published authors as well as professional editors as they sharpen their skills and hone their craft.


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This exploratory, two-week program will expand your understanding of dance as an art form, a college major and a career. Participate in daily practices, artist talks, readings and viewings offered by a rotating selection of UArts School of Dance faculty and guest artists; all designed to help you reimagine dance for yourself. Through an expanded arts community, you will engage with technology as a tool for creativity as it relates to improvisation, choreography and performance.


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Make short personal films from the comfort of your desktop using contemporary and experimental approaches. With the instruction of a professional filmmaker, you'll work with techniques developed by artists that utilize found footage and the "remix" concept to create your own boundary-pushing new work.


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Drawing is the most basic art and design tool, and it's a fundamental component of all disciplines. In this course, you'll become a better observer by learning to find meaningful subject matter wherever you are - from drawing everyday objects and the view out your window to accessing memories and incorporating found sources. With encouragement and feedback from a professional artist, you'll grasp essential techniques such as composition, light, value, and perspective as you work through drawings made in graphite, pen, and color pencil.


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This course for aspiring filmmakers and the cinema-curious decodes the strategies, forms, and techniques of narrative filmmaking through examples, screenings, discussions, and hands-on filmmaking projects. With the guidance of a professional filmmaker, you'll work with tools and techniques available in your environment to entirely reconstruct a scene of your choice. Through this process, you'll gain a deeper understanding of how to create short films with cinematic values.


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Today, design is everywhere. Posters, publications, album covers, apparel, and digital media utilize graphic design to convey messages to viewers. In this two week class, you'll focus on basic principles of design and the possibilities of visual communication, type design, layout, image treatment and sequence. Students will create an effective final design using visual problem solving techniques, mixed-media and Adobe Creative Suite.


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Gain an understanding of both hand-drawn and digital processes for articulating visual ideas and meaning in comics, children's books, advertising, editorial and other applications. You'll encounter subject matter sourced from various fields and be prompted to respond with imaginative illustrations that articulate insight and draw an emotional response.


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Learn to use your sketchbook as a visual journal for observation and invention. You'll experiment with markers, paint, paint pens, ink and cut paper, and virtual field trips encourage you to work from life and your imagination.


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This dynamic two-week intensive allows instrumentalists and vocalists to explore technique while interacting with master-level musicians. You'll work with renowned UArts faculty to uncover a range of creative possibilities through lessons, listening sessions, master classes and clinics. Coursework will expand the musical and technological skills essential for honing your musicianship.


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This two-week intensive will familiarize you with multiple aspects of the music industry, including audio production, music business concepts and strategies, audio synthesis and online radio protocol. UArts faculty and guest lectures include professionals in the music and technology industries, from respected performers to master technicians. Elevate your musical expertise, ask direct questions of the pros and make professional connections for the future.


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Discover new ways to make evocative photographs from your everyday environment. Work with a professional photographer as you dig into composition, color, and experimental cameraless techniques to create dynamic images. You'll make better use of your camera, learn the fundamentals of photography, and explore its outer limits.


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Create and critically evaluate your visual arts college application portfolio in this dynamic and useful course. Learn strategies for presentation, what colleges look for, and important tips for photographing and editing your work for inclusion in a digital portfolio. Experiment with a variety of media and learn to utilize the resources around you to develop work suitable for inclusion in your portfolio. At the end of the course, you'll review your portfolio with a UArts admission counselor to assess its strengths and areas for improvement.


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Do you often think about how to make the world a better place? In this course, we'll analyze some of today's most pressing issues and use design to propose improvements and solutions. Working with a professional product designer, you'll learn about how designers develop products, how to communicate your ideas through drawings and models, and what to consider when it's time to manufacture. Periodically, interesting guests and product designers will join us for demos and discussions.


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This online screenwriting program will give students an introduction to the art and craft of screenwriting. Through a study of storytelling strategies combined with a workshop experience, students will learn about cinematic storytelling to create a number of exercises which will culminate in a short film script. Students will participate in two courses, a morning class - Film/TV Story Analysis whereby they will study the elements of story structure by screening films, shows, reading screenplays, and supplemental texts to develop an ability to examine and analyze a film/TV show via it's screenplay and apply that knowledge to their own work.The afternoon course will be a writing workshop where students will learn the basics of formatting, character development, dialogue, visual imagery, and writing action. Students will complete a 5-10 page narrative screenplay as well as various exercises designed to enhance understanding of the craft of screenwriting.


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Experience what it means to be a theater-maker in the 21st century in this two-week program. Work across disciplines, discover new things about yourself as an artist and the larger theater community as you explore the process and craft of theater-making. Courses utilize technology to advance your creative making through virtual master classes, interviews and discussions, and full day immersive digital experiences with professionals.


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How can a story be conveyed in the most impactful way? Learn how to use images and visual elements to communicate ideas and tell stories more effectively. You'll explore the craft of visual storytelling by dissecting non-traditional story forms ranging from comics to photojournalism to digital multimedia formats. This course focuses on writing exercises, drawing, mapping, and storyboarding. At the end of the course, you'll have concept drawings and finished editorial pieces 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.


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Examine how text works with sequential images to create stories and worlds in comics, cartoons, graphic novels, motion and other forms of illustrated text. Delve into concepts like dialogue and personal narrative as you draw and create comics to be shared and published online. With the assistance of two instructors, Melissa Lomax and Christian "Patch" Patchell, you will walk through the basics of visual storytelling while honing your personal voice. Students will be encouraged to share their work through the Webtoons page created by UArts Pre-College and on other platforms.


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