Art Summer Institute


Experience campus life at UCLA this summer as an artist!

The Art Summer Institute is designed for exceptionally talented and motivated high school students, grades 9-12. Each concentration offers three units of college credit and the opportunity to develop artwork for a stronger portfolio through undergraduate-level fine arts curriculum. Students may commute to campus on weekdays for rigorous studio instruction or opt to stay in UCLA residential housing with meal plan and supervised evening and weekend activities.

Students will select one of our five concentrations: drawing, painting, color darkroom photography, digital photography, or sculpture.

Color Darkroom Photography

Digital Photography

Art Summer Institute instructors encourage and challenge students to develop, explore, and expand their artistic vocabularies through critical thinking and creative problem solving. A low student-to-teacher ratio ensures individualized attention to foster the personal growth of each and every bourgeoning artist.


Each two-week long session culminates in a final critique of student projects and an exhibition held at the UCLA New Wight Gallery in the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center. Families and friends of program participants are invited to attend the final student exhibition.

View images from last year's program by clicking here.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions for Summer Art Institute is available here.


Grades 9-12 are eligible to participate in the Art Institute. As part of the application process, students wishing to enroll in the Art Summer Institute must upload four examples of recent artwork in JPEG format (500 x 1024 pixels at 72 dpi). Applications are reviewed by Art Summer Institute staff. Once approved, the applicant will receive notification to complete registration. Limited spaces are available. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.


Registration is conveniently done online here. In order to guarantee a spot in the program, a valid payment of the non-refundable deposit ($400 for international students; $150 for all others) is required if registering prior to the May 1 payment deadline. After the payment deadline, a full payment of all fees including the non-refundable deposit but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required for registration. Registration is not complete until the required payment is made. Those who are not prepared to pay can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to make payment.

This deposit is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins. If you withdraw, this deposit will appear as processing fee charge on your BruinBill account. If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the wait list, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.

The document fee and IEI fee, if assessed, must be paid on MyUCLA after registration. Please be sure to view your BruinBill on MyUCLA and pay any remaining balance immediately to avoid holds on your records.


Already submitted the registration form but need to make a change or complete registration? You can easily retrieve your registration by clicking here. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address. Changes that can be updated or made using the retrieve form include:

  • Paying non-refundable deposit
  • Uploading required documents
  • Adding a second program
  • Switching programs
  • Dropping a current program
  • Requesting a roommate


The UCLA Student Code of Conduct has been developed to maintain a safe, supportive, and inclusive campus community that engages students in order to foster their academic success, personal growth and responsible citizenship. Therefore you are expected to conduct yourself in a manner which demonstrates respect for yourself, your fellow Summer Sessions students, UCLA's faculty members, and members of the local community. Behavior governed by the UCLA Student Code of Conduct includes academic honesty, treatment of others, health and safety, use of resources, and use of alcohol and controlled substances. UCLA’s reputation for academic excellence and institutional integrity is among the most valued assets; as such, academic integrity is of paramount importance and UCLA does all within its power to maintain its standards.


During the summer, matriculated UCLA students and visiting students alike are members of our diverse and inclusive True Bruin community. For more information on the student code of conduct, please visit the Dean of Students' website.


JULY 7 - JULY 18, 2014

JULY 21 - AUGUST 1, 2014


FEBRUARY 1: Registration opens HERE

MARCH 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students application available

APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students application due

APRIL 15: Sculpture Scholarship Opportunity application deadline. All sculpture applications will be considered

APRIL 22: Sculpture Scholarship Opportunity recipient selected and notified.

MAY 1: Payment deadline

JUNE 1: Refund deadline

JULY 6: Check-in for Session A students with residential plan

JULY 7: Session A tracks start

JULY 18: Session A tracks end. Check-out date for Session A students with residential plan

JULY 20: Check-in for Session B students with residential plan

JULY 21: Session B tracks start

AUGUST 1: Session B tracks end. Check-out for Session B students with residential plan