Art Summer Institute


Session A
Tracks: Drawing & Painting, Drawing & Sculpture, or Photography
Program Start: Monday, July 6, 2020
Program End: Friday, July 17, 2020

Session B
Tracks: Drawing & Painting or Video Art & Experimental Animation
Program Start: Monday, July 20, 2020
Program End: Friday, July 31, 2020

UCLA Course Credit: Art 70 (3 units)

Important Note: UCLA has decided to transition all Precollege Summer Institutes to remote learning only. For more information, visit our Updates and Alerts page.

Program Overview

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, group critiques, and one-on-one meetings with faculty. Students may enroll in one or both two-week sessions and choose from Drawing & Painting, Drawing & Sculpture, Photography, or Video Art & Experimental Animation. Students should expect an intensive two weeks of immersive studio instruction and be prepared to work hard.

Remote Learning in 2020

This year the Art Summer Institute is offering our program remotely! In accordance with safer at home orders, our department successfully transitioned all of our spring undergraduate studio art courses to remote learning. Our faculty have adapted their curriculum to this new way of teaching, using online platforms for small-group instruction and one-on-one conversations. Students learn how to set up a home studio using the space they have available, and are guided to develop their technical and conceptual artmaking skills. Dialogue is a huge part of any studio art course, and our faculty are using a variety of approaches to ensure a meaningful remote studio community for all students. With positive feedback from our undergraduates, we are excited to offer remote courses for high school students this summer.

UCLA is one of the top art programs in the country, and we remain committed to providing a rich studio art education for all of our students. As with every summer, the 2020 Institute will give high school artists the chance to make new friendships, build their portfolio, and experience life as an art student at a major research institution. We hope you will join us this summer for a new version of this incredible program.

Intensive Art Instruction

Led by recent UCLA Master of Fine Arts graduates, the Art Summer Institute curriculum encourages students to explore and expand their creative work and develop their artistic vocabularies. Institute activities are scheduled 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, with homework assigned most evenings. All course meeting times are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). If completing the program in a different time zone, please make sure to account for the time difference.

Students will work with two instructors in a coordinated curriculum, developing their conceptual understanding and technical skill in two art mediums. A Teaching Assistant will also meet with students throughout the day to offer support, technical expertise, and feedback. The low student-to-teacher ratio ensures individualized attention and thought-provoking discussion.

Guest Artists

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.

Scholarship Opportunity

The UCLA Department of Art offers scholarship opportunities for students interested in studying Drawing & Sculpture OR Video Art & Experimental Animation. These $1000 scholarships will be awarded to students in each course based on artistic potential demonstrated in the application, including uploaded images of original artwork. All Sculpture and Video & Performance Art applications that are received by Sunday, May 31, will be automatically considered for these scholarships.

About the UCLA Department of Art

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


Program Eligibility

To apply for the Art Summer Institute, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Enrolled in grades 8th – 12th during Spring 2020
  • 14 years of age or older by June 22, 2020, and 14-17 years of age at the time of participation

Students who do not meet the minimum program requirements should not apply and should consider other summer opportunities.

Application Requirements

To participate in the Art Summer Institute, you must apply and receive acceptance into the program.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete the following:

  • Upload four examples of your original and recent artwork in JPEG format (width greater than 500 pixels, length lesser than 1024 pixels at 72 dpi).
  • Complete a brief questionnaire answering the following questions:
    • What is your main reason for applying to the Art Summer Institute? What do you hope to learn?
    • What art experience do you have, if any?
    • How would you best describe the kind of art that you make now?
    • Provide the name, email address, and phone number of one previous art teacher.
    • Provide the name, email address, and phone number of a second teacher.

Students will be notified within two weeks of an acceptance decision.

How To Apply

Application for the Art Summer Institute can be done conveniently online using the steps below.

  1. Access the Summer Institute Online Registration Form starting February 15. Read all terms and conditions, then scroll to the bottom and “Continue to Registration.”
  2. Complete the first page of the online registration form by answering all mandatory questions, then, select “Continue” at the end of the first page.
  3. Provide responses to all questions on the second page of the online registration form
  4. Submit your registration form.
  5. Once your form is submitted, you will be directed to the Retrieve Registration page. Select “File Uploads” to upload your original artwork (see Application Requirements above for more information)
  6. Allow up to two weeks for the program instructor(s) to review your application. An email will be sent to you with the official decision.
  7. If accepted to the program, follow the steps in your acceptance email to make payment of the non-refundable deposit ($150 for domestic students, $400 for international students) and reserve your space in the program.

A space in the program is not reserved for you until valid payment of the non-refundable deposit* is completed. Those who are not prepared to pay after program acceptance can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to make payment, however you risk losing a space in the program if the program reaches capacity prior to the ability to pay.

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.

If registering after May 1, full payment of all fees including the non-refundable deposit but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required to reserve your space in the program.


Already submitted the online registration form but need to make a change or finish your registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. To retrieve registration, please complete the steps below:

  1. Access the Summer Institute Retrieve Registration Form here.
  2. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address. Fill out the form, then "Submit".









Program Dates

JULY 6 - JULY 17, 2020

JULY 20 - JULY 31, 2020

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

JUNE 5: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline

JULY 6-17: Art Summer Institute (Session A)

JULY 20-31: Art Summer Institute (Session B)

UCLA Summer Sessions Transitions to Remote Instruction. Learn More.