Summer Academies in the Arts

Frequently Asked Questions

The Frequently Asked Questions below are examples of a few of those questions we receive regularly. If your question is not answered below, please do contact the Outreach Department at (949)824-8976 or We are happy to help!


  • How do you establish the cost of the Academies?

The registration fees for each Academy course are established based on the number of "instruction contact hours," or hours spent receiving instruction. We think our prices are competitive with comparable programs, especially given the experience students have, the skills they learn and the instruction they are receiving.

  • My child is in middle school, can they participate in an Academy?

Yes, we have several middle school appropriate programs available. They are listed along with the other intensives on the Summer Academy mainpage. Look for the age range of the program to see if it will be a fit for your middle school aged child.

  • Do I have to audition to participate in an Academy?

No. A few of our intensives do require auditions for placement. This means you do not audition to participate, but you do audition so that we may place you in the approriate groups and ensembles. Details for audition requirements accompany the information for each course.

  • Do you offer residential housing for participants?

Yes.  Visit our Overnights page for more detailed information.

  • Can I receive university credit for participating in an Academy?

Yes, qualifying high school juniors and seniors with a 3.0 GPA in their entire high school coursework may receive university credit for participating in the Summer Academy.

  • Are there scholarships available for the Summer Academies?

Yes, full scholarships are available to outstanding students who demonstrate artistic excellence and financial need. Thanks to the support of the Pacific Life Foundation at least four full scholarships will be awarded. At least one full scholarship is available in each of the four disciplines - Art, Dance, Drama and Music. Scholarships may be used to offset the cost of commuter registration and may not be used to cover the cost of on campus housing, meals or university credit. To be considered to receive a Summer Academies in the Arts Scholarship, students must complete and submit an application. Applications are usually available in the spring. For more information, please visit our Scholarships & Discounts page.

  • Do you offer financial assistance for low-income families?

Yes, students may apply for financial assistance, in the form of partial scholarships, that would subsidize registration fees based on household income and size. To qualify for financial assistance, participants must submit a complete signed copy of the most recent 1040A or 1040EZ tax form for student's parents or legal guardians. Applications for financial assistance must be received prior to the first day of the course in which you intend to enroll. The "Adjusted Gross Income" shown on the tax form (box 37) and the number of people in the house hold (box 6d) will determine how much financial assistance will be awarded to the student. Check out our Financial Assistance section for a chart indicating the amount of financial assistance available depending on family size and gross income.

  • Can a current college student enroll in an Academy?

Yes, the Academies are a great way to improve skills, to get some extra university credit and to keep your arts brain engaged during the summer.

  • May I teach as part of the Summer Academy?

Most likely, no. Our instructors are usually current graduate students, recent alumni or faculty members of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine. We do not accept unsolicited offers for teaching services.

  • I am an area teacher, may I observe the Academies?

Yes, contact the Outreach Department at (949)824-8976 or to coordinate times to visit.

  • I am interested in learning about classes in subject areas other than the arts offered during the summer, where should I go for information?

Visit for information on UCI Summer Session classes.

  • Will students be grouped according to skill level?

Yes, whenever possible, students will be grouped according to skill level.

  • Where will the Summer Academy classes be held?

All courses will take place on campus at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Click here to download a map of the school.

  • What is the schedule for the Academy?

Generally, classes run Monday through Friday with a couple of exceptions. The schedules for each class vary, refer to course specific information.

  • I have a question that is not listed here. Who should I contact?

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