Art Summer Institute


This program carries 3 quarter units of Pass/No Pass UC credit.

Students will be officially enrolled into Art 70.

Please note: Some course content will overlap between sections offered in both (A) and (B); therefore it is recommended that students choose two different tracks if enrolling in both sessions, e.g. Drawing (A), Sculpture (B).




The Photography course examines the concerns of contemporary and historical photographic art practices. Students explore formal and conceptual issues, and develop new approaches to making photographs.

Through workshops on camera operation and printing techniques, students will learn the fundamentals of photography.

Using the UCLA campus as a resource and a background, students will also execute a wide range of projects and experiments. Individual and group critiques led by artist instructors will help students expand their own work as well as discuss the work of others.

Students must bring their own DSLR camera with manual mode.


The Drawing course exposes students to the concerns addressed by contemporary and historical drawing practices.

Students work with a variety of media and learn techniques for drawing from observation as well as from their imagination. Students will explore many formal and conceptual issues to develop new approaches to making art.

Individual and group critiques led by artist instructors help students expand their own work as well as discuss the work of others.



The Painting course offers students the opportunity to investigate contemporary and historical concerns in painting.

Extending instruction beyond the basics of composition, technique and color, students will be guided toward innovation and exploration.

Through this course, students will strengthen their art-making practice at the university level using class discussion as a critical tool for growth and development.



The Sculpture course is a unique opportunity to introduce students to sculptural techniques and interpretation rarely offered in high school curricula.

Students will examine the complex relationships between form, space, materials and meaning as they relate to contemporary and historical sculptural practices in this fast paced class.

Students in the sculpture concentration are exposed to a wide array of conceptual processes, construction methods and materials in a fully stocked lab with dozens of stationary shop tools and exhibition space.



Please visit the Art Summer Institute Student Gallery for sample projects.



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.


Art (A)


Kate Stewart

Kate Spencer Stewart (b. 1984, Phoenix, AZ) holds a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, was a 2011 resident at the Mountain School of Arts and will complete an MFA in Painting and Drawing at UCLA this year. In 2007 and 2011 she showed with the Los Angeles art, music and community space known as Tiny Creatures. In 2014 she was included in the exhibition “Another Cats Show” at 356 Mission, and in 2016, “2017” at Art Center College of Design. Kate has three years teaching experience at UCLA assisting resident faculty Lari Pittman, Silke Otto-Knapp and Patty Wickman.



Tristan Unrau

Tristan Unrau (b.1989, Canada) holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, was a 2013 resident at the Banff Centre, and will complete an MFA degree at the University of California, Los Angeles this year. In 2015, the artist had a solo exhibition at CSA Space, Vancouver and was a finalist for the 2015 Royal Bank of Canada Painting Competition. Unrau is currently included in 'Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures' at the Vancouver Art Gallery, until April 17, 2017.



Bjarne Bare

Bjarne Bare (b. 1985, Poznan) obtained his BFA from the Academy of Fine Art Oslo in 2013, and currently attends the MFA program at UCLA, specializing in photography. He is the founder of Cornerkiosk press, and a co-founder and director of the artist-run gallery MELK in Oslo, Norway, focusing on contemporary photography. He is also the editor of the book titled New Scandinavian photography published in 2016 by Black Dog Publishing. Recent solo exhibitions include The Pineappleweed, Kunstparken, Risør, 2015; and Outboard Swaddle, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Palazzetto Tito, Venice 2014. His works have been presented in venues such as the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; OSL contemporary, Oslo; Gallery Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam; Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre, Xiamen; miau miau estudio, Buenos Aires; TJ Boulting, London; Preus Museum, Horten and Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo.



Art (B)


Ravi Jackson

Ravi Jackson was born in Santa Barbara, California in 1985. He grew up in Connecticut, and went to college in Ohio, where, at Oberlin College, he received his BA in 2007. He then moved to New York, where he briefly attended Hunter College, and lived until 2013, when he was admitted to UCLA. Ravi completed his MFA in the Painting and Drawing program at UCLA in the spring of 2016.




Veronica Gelbaum

Veronica Gelbaum is an artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. She has recently completed an MFA in the Painting Department in the Graduate Arts Division at UCLA in 2017. Ms. Gelbaum received her undergraduate degree in painting in 2005 from the Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence, Rhode Island. She has also participated in artist residencies, including the Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst in Salzburg, Austria. There she studied decorative painting under the artist Lucy Mckenzie. At UCLA she has been a teaching assistant for advanced painting classes taught by Silke Otto-Knapp, Lari Pittman; as well as other classes in drawing and printmaking. As a long time resident of Los Angeles, she places great value on the unique arts community here, and the contributions made by the faculty and students of the UCLA Arts Division. She has found studying and teaching at UCLA to be a profoundly rewarding experience, and relishes the opportunity to help young artists advance their work.



Jordie Oetken

Jordie Oetken was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. In 2012, she was awarded the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to study at the Yale/Norfolk School of Art before graduating with a BFA from Murray State University in 2013. She has held residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and at the Vermont Studio Center. Oetken will graduate with an MFA in photography from UCLA in 2017. She has served as a teaching assistant to Catherine Opie, Anthony Lepore, Russell Ferguson, and Martin Elder, and recently assisted in the 2016 CalArts CSSSA program.



Cara Chan

Cara Chan lived in New York from 2005-2015. After receiving her BFA from New York University in 2009, she worked as a studio assistant for multiple sculptors and painters, as a fabricator for art installations, window design, and stage sets, as a fine-art printmaker, as well as an art-handler. In 2015 she moved to Los Angeles to attend graduate school at UCLA, where she will receive her MFA in sculpture in 2017.

Chan has worked alongside Adrian Wong, Olga Koumoundouros, and Rodney McMillian assisting college level beginning and advanced sculpture classes, as well as with Barbara Kruger in a studio course entitled Looking, Gathering, Making. In 2016, Cara assisted a painting course at the California State Summer School for the Arts, where she worked with high-school students in developing their studio-practice.

Since relocating to California, Chan’s sculptures have become life-size or larger. Her favorite materials to work with are foam, aqua-resin, paper clay and concrete.




9:00am – 10:00am Lab/Studio Demonstrations
10:00am – 12:00pm Studio Time and/or Artist lectures
12:00pm – 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm – 5:30pm Studio Time, Snack Break and Activities (e.g., museum visit, artist lecture, film screening)

Extended studio time is scheduled until 7:00pm on Wednesday nights.

Afternoon schedules vary with regard to the time and nature of the activity blocks.


The 2017 syllabi are available below.

Drawing (A) Syllabus: (PDF) | Drawing (B) Syllabus: (PDF)
Painting (A) Syllabus: Session A (PDF) | Painting (B) Syllabus: (PDF)
Photography (A) Syllabus: Session A (PDF) | Photography (B) Syllabus: (PDF)
Sculpture (B) Syllabus: (PDF)



Enrolled students are expected to complete all assigned coursework, take all examinations, attend class regularly, and submit all required work by the end of the program. No part of the coursework may be continued beyond the close of the course unless prearranged by the student and the faculty.

Instructors are required to assign a final grade for each student enrolled in a course. This program is offered on a P/NP grading basis. The following grades are used to report the quality of student work for this program::

P Passed (achievement at grade C level or better; used only for undergraduate study)
NP Not Passed (used only for undergraduate study)
I Incomplete
DR Deferred Report
NR No grade was received from the instructor


Courses in which students receive a Pass (P) grade may count toward satisfaction of degree requirements, but these grades, as well as NP, DR, NR, and I are disregarded in determining the grade-point average.

For more information on grades, see the UCLA General Catalog.

UCLA is on the quarter system. As a general guide, a semester unit is worth 1.5 quarter units (e.g., 4 quarter units = 2.5 semester units).

UCLA courses are generally accepted for transfer credit, but all decisions on transferability rest with the home institution. Students should get advance approval of their UCLA Summer Sessions course selections from the home institution prior to registration.



Grades earned during the summer institute will be recorded on an official University of California transcript.

Students can view grades on MyUCLA no later than August 14 for programs that end prior to August 4. Programs ending after August 4, grades can be viewed on MyUCLA no later than September 18.

The transcript is a permanent record that reflects all undergraduate and graduate work completed at UCLA. It lists courses, units, grades, cumulative grade-point average, transfer credits, total units, and work in progress in chronological order. Please note that official transcripts are not automatically sent to you.

Current or incoming UC students will have all UCLA summer activity appear automatically on the home UC campus transcript, and the grades earned at UCLA are included in their home UC campus grade-point average. For all other students, a transcript must be ordered online through MyUCLA.

Students are assessed a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Those requiring expedited or special delivery can submit a Transcript Request Form in person at the Registrar's Office. Additional charges may be assessed. Transcript Request Forms can be also picked up at 1113 Murphy Hall between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.



Students in drawing and painting will receive complete kits including all of the tools and materials necessary for the class.

Photography students must bring their own DSLR camera with manual mode. Students will be provided with the materials to print their work.

Students in sculpture will have access to the UCLA sculpture lab with shop tools, as well as the raw materials to create their work.

Additional art supplies are available as needed at the UCLA student store for students who are ambitious in their use of materials.

Program Dates

JULY 9 - JULY 21, 2017

JULY 24 - AUGUST 4, 2017

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

JULY 9-21: Art Summer Institute (A) - Residential - Housing Provided

JULY 24 - AUGUST 4: Art Summer Institute (B) - For Commuters - Housing Not Provided