Summer Academies in the Arts

The Summer Academies in the Arts are part of a movement by UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts to provide meaningful opportunities for the community to engage with the arts on campus at UCI and to contribute to youth development. These college and career preparatory intensives for high school and middle school students enhance students’ 21st century skills, and support college and career goals, self-confidence and leadership.

Talented and motivated students get practical and technical instruction in small classes taught by graduate instructors, professionals in the field and, in some cases, CTSA faculty. Students experience life as undergraduate arts majors with rigorous college level coursework, with the opportunity to live in residence on campus, and with the option to receive university credit for participating. Some intensives require the submission of personal statements and placement audition videos.

Scholarships and Discounts Available

Class schedules for the 2015 Summer Academies in the Arts are now available. Registration will open soon! 

Intensive Age Date Time Registration
        Overnight Commuter
Drawing & Painting 14-19 July 6 - 17 10am - 4pm $2,550 $1,000
Digital Filmmaking 14-19 July 6 - 17 10am - 4pm $2,550 $1,000
Drawing & Painting - Middle School 10-13 July 27 - 31 10am - 4pm N/A $700
Digital Photography - Middle School 10-13 July 27 - 31 10am - 4pm N/A $700
Digital Photography 14-19 August 3 - 14 10am - 4pm $2,550 $1,000
Sculpture & Ceramics 14-19 August 3 - 14 10am - 4pm $2,550 $1,000
Darkroom Photograpy 14-19 August 3 - 14 10am - 4pm $2,550 $1,000
Conservatory Dance 12-22 June 29 - July 17 9am - 5pm $3,600 $1,100
New Swan Apprenticeship in Acting for Theatre 14-19 August 3 - 14 10am - 4pm $2,350 $800
Computer Music Programming 14-19 July 6 - 17 10am - 4pm $2,350 $800
Chamber Music Festival 12-19 July 6 - 17 10am - 4pm $2,350 $800
Guitar Intensive 14-19 August 3 - 14 10am - 4pm $2,350 $800
Vocal Music Festival 14-19 August 3 - 14 10am - 4pm $2,350 $800
Expressive Robotics 13-19 July 6 - 17 10am - 4pm $2,449 $899
Expressive Robotics 13-19 July 27 - August 7 10an - 4pm N/A $899

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Overnight Information

High school students may get the full college experience by choosing to stay overnight in the UC Irvine residence halls. Students younger than 14 may not stay overnight, no exceptions. Overnight registration fees include Academy classes, instructors, facilities, housing, meals, 24 hour supervision, evening and weekend activities, and materials. Details regarding overnight stays will be distributed following registration. With questions, contact the Outreach Department.


Qualifying high school juniors and seniors may receive university credit for participating in a Summer Academy course, for an additional fee. Students must have a 3.0 GPA for their entire high school coursework to qualify. Fees are set by the Regents of the University of California and represent a discount on regular course fees.

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations will be accepted and will include a full refund less the $100 nonrefundable deposit. Cancellations made after June 1, 2015 will receive a partial refund less the $100 nonrefundable deposit and a $200 late cancellation fee. All cancellations must be made in writing to

Contact Us!

We are happy to answer your questions or provide you additional information. Please feel free to contact the Outreach Department at (949)824-8976 or


The Academies are developed by UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, home to professors Monica Majoli, acclaimed painter, father of modern dance, Donald McKayle, Robert Cohen, master of acting technique, and renowned flautist, Nicole Mitchell. The mission of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) is to integrate advocacy, leadership, and education in the arts with significant social engagement and community partnerships. The School of the Arts, established in 1965 and named for Claire Trevor in 2000, is a national leader in training emerging artists who go on to electrify audiences in theatres, galleries and concert halls throughout the world. The School is home to the departments of Art, Dance, Drama and Music. CTSA provides excellent facilities to support artistic development, including six theatres, a concert hall, three art galleries, the Beall Center for Art + Technology, electronic music studios, cutting edge costume, lighting, and scenic design studios, a stage production shop, digital arts labs, and a video production studio.