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, and exploratory arts and learning camps for elementary 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.


We've had an awesome summer! Check back here in the fall for the 2016 list of classes!

Scholarships and Discounts Available

Intensive Age Date Time Registration
        Overnight Commuter
Drawing & Painting 14-19 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Digital Filmmaking 14-19 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Drawing & Painting - Middle School 11-13 TBD TBD N/A TBD
Digital Photography - Middle School 11-13 TBD TBD N/A TBD
Digital Photography 14-19 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Sculpture & Ceramics 14-19 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Darkroom Photograpy 14-19 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Conservatory Dance Intensive 12-22 TBD TBD TBD TBD
New Swan Apprenticeship in Acting for Theatre 14-19 TBD TBD TBD TBD
US Performing Arts Music Theatre Camp 14-19 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Arts & Learning Conservatory Exploratory Theatre I 5-7 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Arts & Learning Conservatory Exploratory Theatre II 8-10 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Chamber Music Festival 12-19 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Computer Music Intensive 14-19 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Guitar Intensive 14-19 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Vocal Music Festival 14-19 TBD TBD TBD TBD

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. Credit enrollment forms may be downloaded by clicking here.

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations will be accepted for the Art, Dance, Drama and Music intensives, 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. No refunds will be made after the first day of class. 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 Visit our Facebook page for photos of past Summer Academies in the Arts!