Summer Academies in the Arts

The Summer Academies in the Arts are college and career preparatory intensives for students in Art, Dance, Drama, Music, and Technology.

The only Orange County university to offer a program of this kind, we at UCI's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, aim to:

  • Provide a space for creative exploration
  • Enhance 21st century skills
  • Support college and career goals
  • Build self-confidence and leadership

Students ages 8-22 years old get to experience life as an undergraduate arts major, in which they receive practical and technical instruction in small classes taught by graduate instructors, professionals in the field and CTSA faculty. With rigorous college-level coursework, the option to receive university credit, and social and professional networking, this immersive summer experience is the perfect place for learning and development in a fun, challenging environment!  

Browse our 2019 Summer Schedule below!

Scholarships & Financial Aid Available!

Art


Bring imagination to life! Plan, illustrate, edit and score your very own animated films.

Dates: July 22, 2019 to July 26, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age: 10-13
Commuter Fee: $700.00
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 15, 2019
Academy Full

Create objects of wonder! Hand mold your unique creations using sculpture materials and techniques.

Dates: July 22, 2019 to July 26, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age: 10-13
Commuter Fee: $700.00
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 15, 2019
Class Cancelled

From digital to black and white! Develop a holistic approach to producing stunning photos both on the computer and in the darkroom.  

Dates: July 29, 2019 to August 9, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age: 14-19
Commuter Fee: $1000.00
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 15, 2019

Take your skills to the next level! Learn advanced studio technique and complete portfolio-ready artwork.  

Dates: July 1, 2019 to July 12, 2019, July 29, 2019 to August 9, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age: 14-19
Commuter Fee: $1000.00
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 17, 2019
Academy Full

Take your skills to the next level! Learn beginning studio art techniques and complete portfolio-ready artwork.  

Dates: July 1, 2019 to July 12, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age: 14-19
Commuter Fee: $1000.00
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 17, 2019

Take your skills to the next level! Learn studio art techniques and complete portfolio-ready artwork.  

Dates: July 22, 2019 to July 26, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age: 10-13
Commuter Fee: $700.00
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 15, 2019

Show 'em what you've got! Strategize on how to create and build a strong physical and/or digital portfolio.

Dates: July 29, 2019 to August 2, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age: 14-19
Commuter Fee: $700.00
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 15, 2019
Class Cancelled

Drama


It's an actor's life for me! Train in acting for theatre and audition preparation through coursework including voice, movement, improv and more.

Dates: July 29, 2019 to August 9, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age: 14-19
Commuter Fee: $800.00
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 15, 2019
Class Cancelled

Find your voice! Explore accent and dialect techniques to help bring your characters to life.

Dates: July 1, 2019 to July 5, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age: 14-19
Commuter Fee: $500.00
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 17, 2019
Class Cancelled

It’s a mask! Experience the area of costume design by creating fun character masks.

Dates: July 22, 2019 to July 26, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age: 10-13
Commuter Fee: $700.00
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 15, 2019
Class Cancelled

Act, sing, dance! Advance your triple threat skills learning from one of the top college musical theatre programs in the nation.

Dates: July 8, 2019 to July 12, 2019, July 29, 2019 to August 2, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age: 14-19
Commuter Fee: $700.00
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 17, 2019

Music


Record, edit, mix! Discover the process of making digital music through key production concepts like songwriting and musical arrangement. No instrumental or programming experience required.

Dates: July 1, 2019 to July 12, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age: 14-19
Commuter Fee: $800.00
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 17, 2019

Become a music producer! Discover how to create your own musical beats and effects.

Dates: July 22, 2019 to July 26, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age: 10-13
Commuter Fee: $600.00
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 15, 2019

Join one of the most unique and rewarding musical experiences available in Southern California! Explore masterpieces in the chamber music repertoire while working with world-renowned faculty.

Dates: July 1, 2019 to July 12, 2019
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age: 12-19
Commuter Fee: $800.00
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 17, 2019
Academy Full

Technology


Level up! Further your game design knowledge with accelerated visual coding, design, and effects. Must have taken Level 1 previously.

Dates: July 8, 2019 to July 12, 2019, July 22, 2019 to July 26, 2019, August 5, 2019 to August 9, 2019
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age: 8-12
Commuter Fee: $499.00
Registration Deadline: Saturday, July 6, 2019

Unleash the power of S.T.E.A.M.! Using the combined principles of science, technology, engineering, art, and math, work with a team to build a robotic structure that moves expressively. No prior experience required.

Dates: July 8, 2019 to July 19, 2019, July 22, 2019 to August 2, 2019, August 5, 2019 to August 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Age: 12-17
Commuter Fee: $899.00
Registration Deadline: Saturday, July 6, 2019