The FAQs below are examples of a few questions that we receive regularly from students, parents/guardians, and educators. If your question is not answered below, please contact the Outreach Department at artsoutreach@uci.edu. We are happy to help!


More than just your ordinary camp, the Summer Academies in the Arts is a unique, immersive summer experience you won't forget.  

The only Orange County university offering a program of this kind, we at UCI's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, aim to provide an space for creative exploration, enhancing your 21st century skills, supporting college and career goals, and building self-confidence and leadership.  Push your boundaries in hands-on, engaging courses with college-level work.  Learn from our School's notable professionals and faculty.  Network.  Create.  Perform.  Even live on campus.

Whether it is your first time picking up a paintbrush, or you have performed on stages across the nation, the Summer Academies is the perfect opportunity for learning and development of one's craft in a fun, challenging environment.

Registration fees for each of the Academies are established based on the number of 'instruction contact hours', meaning hours students spend receiving instruction.  We believe our prices are not only competitive with comparable programs, but are invaluable based on the skills learned, the top-level instruction given, and the unique experience gained.

We do offer financial assistance to ensure our Academies are accessible to all students.  Please visit our Scholarships and Financial Aid page for more information.

Generally, our Academies do not require an audition to be admitted into the program.  However, some courses may require an audition for placement so that we may position students in the appropriate groups and/or ensembles based on skill level.  

  • For Dance: There will be no formal auditions for acceptance into the program, but we do ask that students submit a video and personal statement.  These materials are to ensure students are at an advanced level, and are shared with our instructors to help with lesson plan creation that better meet students' needs and goals.

  • For Chamber Music: In-person auditions will take place so students can be properly placed in appropriate ensembles. These auditions do not affect their enrollment in the course.

More specific information regarding these auditions can be found on the individual Academy pages.

Yes!  The Summer Academies in the Arts accepts any student, local or international, who is able to participate for the full duration of the course.  We do require that students have basic speaking and understanding levels of English as all our Academies are taught in English (no interpreters are provided).  

Please note that housing options are available by participating in our Overnight portion, but are only offered for part of the summer.  For more information related to Overnights, please visit the Overnights section of our website.

We do not provide assistance in the visa application process.  Please contact your local counseling source or the US embassy/consulate in your country for more information on the visa process.  Should you choose to receive credit for your time with us, some visa assistance is provided for an additional fee.  Email artsoutreach@uci.edu for more information.

University credit is available by enrolling as a student through UCI's Summer Session office.  Students will incur an additional fee of $454.50 on top of your Academy registration - $175.50 for course fees and a $279 mandatory campus fee.  To qualify, students must be a Junior or Senior high school student as of Fall 2018 with an unweighted GPA of 3.0, or be a current college student.  If interested, please email artsoutreach@uci.edu to attain more information, including required forms, in order to register for credit.  Last day to enroll for credit without a $50 late fee is June 22, 2018.

International students also qualify to receive credit, but require additional documentation.  Please email us for more information.

All classes will take place at UCI's Claire Trevor School of the Arts facilities.  Click here to download a map of the school.  Click here for directions to our campus.

Classes generally run Monday-Friday, with a few exceptions, and an hour break for lunch.  Start and end times also vary depending on the course, so please refer to the specific Academy for more information.

For students participating in the Overnight portion of the Summer Academies, your daily schedule will be shared with you before the first day of your Academy.  While these students will generally not have class in the evenings and on the weekends, there may be scheduled activities planned during these times.

Full and partial scholarships are available, with at least one full scholarship in each discipline (Art, Dance, Drama, and Music).  Scholarships may be used to offset registration costs, and may not be used to cover costs for housing, meals, or university credit.  Financial aid is also available based on household income and size.  

If interested, please visit our Scholarships, Financial Aid & Discounts page for more information and to apply.

Information on scholarships for our Technology courses is available at http://beallcenter.uci.edu/summer-camps.

We do offer an Overnight option for part of the summer that allows students to live on-campus in one of our undergraduate housing communities.  Participating as an Overnight camper truly gives you a taste of the full college experience, including meals, evening and weekend activities, and supervision.  Please visit our Overnights page for more information.

The Overnight opportunity will be available based on enrollment.  We reserve the right to cancel this portion of the Summer Academies at any time.

On the first day of your Academy, students will check-in at the CTSA Arts Plaza, in front of Winifred Smith Hall, then attend a brief orientation before heading to class. Each subsequent day from then, all students, including middle school students, are responsible for getting to class on their own and on time.  Please note, while we do have staff walking around to monitor the area and make sure students get to their classes, adult supervision may not be present in the classroom/studio until 5-10 minutes right before class begins.

Parents/guardians may drop off and/or pick up their students on the third floor of the Mesa Parking Structure, which has direct access to a pedestrian bridge that connects directly to our arts campus, or at the loading/unloading area in front of the Bren Events Center on Mesa Road.  If you wish to park and walk your student to class, please note that UCI enforces strict parking policies and you will need to purchase a permit.  

We do not provide extended care.

Yes, certainly!  The Academies are a great way to improve skill, get extra university credit and keep your arts brain engaged over the summer.

Unfortunately, no.  We pride ourselves in and market the fact that our instructors are high-level graduate students, alumni in the professional industry, and esteemed faculty that are all affiliated with Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine.  We do not accept unsolicited offers for teaching services.

Yes, you may!  Please contact the Outreach Department at artsoutreach@uci.edu to coordinate times to visit.

A full list of all UC Irvine sponsored Youth Camps is available online at http://uci.edu/community/camps.php.

The registration fee includes a deposit – $100 for Commuters and $500 for Overnights – and is non-refundable, no exceptions. Cancellations will be accepted through Friday, June 1 st, 2018 for a full refund, minus the deposit. Cancellations made after June 1 st, 2018 will receive a 50% refund, minus the deposit. Cancellations made on or after the first day of the student’s course is non-refundable, no exceptions. 

All cancellations must be made in writing to artsoutreach@uci.edu. Please allow 2-4 weeks processing time for all refunds. 

For refunds regarding university credit, please visit the UCI Summer Session website

Refund requests made based on exceptional circumstances may be reviewed on a case by case basis at the sole discretion of the program administration and is in no way guaranteed.

Updated: April 4, 2018