Art Summer Institute

Summer 2018 program dates available for view in late-December / early-January.


Study at the world-renowned UCLA Department of Art this summer!

The Summer Art Institute is designed for talented and highly motivated high school students. Each two-week session carries three units of UCLA college credit, and is structured around a combination of daily, focused studio work, artist lectures, field trips, and a final exhibition.

Students may enroll in one, or both, two-week sessions, and choose from Drawing, Painting, Photography, or Sculpture.


Led by recent UCLA Master of Fine Arts graduates, the Summer Art Institute curriculum encourages students to explore and expand their creative work and develop their artistic vocabularies. Institute activities are scheduled 9am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Students should expect an intensive two weeks of immersive studio instruction and come prepared to work hard. The low student-to-teacher ratio ensures individualized attention and thought-provoking discussion.


Daily studio work is enhanced by special programming. Participants are exposed to a range of media and contemporary art practices with presentations by both UCLA Department of Art faculty and visiting artists, as well as guided field trips to prominent Los Angeles museums such as the Hammer Museum, the Getty, and LACMA.


Each two-week session culminates in a final critique of student projects, hands-on experience installing artwork in a gallery setting, 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 exhibition.


The UCLA Department of Art offers a scholarship opportunity for students interested in studying Sculpture. This scholarship covers program fees and will be awarded to one student based on artistic potential demonstrated in the written application and by uploaded images of original artwork.

All applications that are received by April 15 for Sculpture will be considered for the scholarship.


Headed by a faculty of internationally recognized artists, the Department of Art is committed to artistic development and study within the context of a research university. As working artists, the faculty represents many approaches to art making and the interpretation of artworks.

Students are provided the tools, facilities, and curriculum to experiment and are challenged to express themselves in ways that are meaningful in the social context in which they live.

For information about the UCLA Department of Art, please visit our web site, or contact



Students interested in the Art Summer Institute must be in grades 9-12 AND age 14-17 at the time of registration.

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 starting February 15.

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.

If applicable, the document and IEI fees must be paid on MyUCLA after registration. For more information, please refer to FEES AND PAYMENT in the left column.



In order to guarantee a spot in the program, a valid payment of the $150 non-refundable deposit is required.

Registration is not complete until the deposit is paid in full. Those who are not prepared to pay can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to make the deposit.

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.

Already submitted the registration form but need to make a change or complete registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. 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
  • Dropping a current program

If you would like to switch into a different program or add additional programs, please contact our office at with your five-digit registration number, the students first and last name, and a description of the change you are requesting.



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
  • 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.

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Summer Institutes Registration Opens

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

MAY 1: Full Payment via MyUCLA due for Precollege Summer Institutes

JUNE 1: Refund Deadline for Precollege Summer Institutes