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 course 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.
Submit your application online and choose one of the following studio concentrations per session:
Session A: July 7-18
Color Darkroom Photography
Session B: July 21-August 1
Intensive Art Instruction
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.
Faculty and Guest Artists
The Art Summer Institute curriculum is created and supervised by the internationally recognized UCLA Department of Art faculty. Participants are exposed to a range of media and contemporary art practices through hands-on studio and lab work, experimental film and video art screenings, engaging lectures on contemporary art history and culture, and field trips to prominent Los Angeles area museums, led by recent UCLA Master of Fine Arts graduates, members of UCLA faculty, or by distinguished visiting artists.
Final Critique and Exhibition
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.
Sculpture Scholarship Opportunity
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 application. All applications that are received by April 15 for Sculpture will be considered for scholarship.
As part of the application process, students wishing to enroll in the Summer Art 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.
View images from last year's program by clicking here.
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, visit our website by clicking here.