Art Summer Institute


Participants of the Art Summer Institute will receive UCLA credit for the following course(s):

  • Art 70 – Summer Art Institute: Special Topics in Studio (3 units)



Working in a variety of media, students in the Drawing course learn techniques for drawing from observation as well as from imagination. Students explore form and content, material, and ideas, to develop new approaches to making art. Individual and group critiques led by artist instructors help students expand their body of work and learn to discuss the work of others. The course also addresses historical, contemporary, and experimental traditions in drawing.



The Painting course offers students opportunities to investigate contemporary and historical concerns in painting, and to develop new approaches to making work. With instruction in composition, color mixing, and technique, the course encourages students to experiment and innovate. Students also strengthen their art-making practice at the university level using class discussion and group critiques as critical tools for growth and development.



The Photography course examines contemporary and historical photography with a focus on form, content, and new approaches to making photographs. Through workshops on camera operation and printing techniques, students learn the fundamentals of digital photography, and execute a wide range of projects and experiments. Individual and group critiques led by artist instructors help students expand their body of work and learn to discuss the work of others. Students must bring their own DSLR camera with manual mode.


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 sculpture. Students in the sculpture concentration learn about a wide array of conceptual processes, construction methods, and materials in the UCLA sculpture lab. Through this course, students strengthen their art-making practice at the university level using class discussion as a critical tool for growth and development.



The video course combines instruction in video art production methods with an examination of historical and contemporary video art. Through workshops in project development, shooting, editing, and exhibition, students learn the fundamentals of video art production and presentation. They also discover a wide range of approaches to the medium via screenings, lectures, and projects. Students in the video concentration have access to a myriad of resources in the UCLA New Genres department, including equipment, video library, viewing rooms, and shooting and editing facilities. Individual and group critiques led by artist instructors help students expand their body of work and learn to discuss the work of others.



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



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. Faculty bios will be available in February.



Please find the sample Monday - Friday schedule below.

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

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

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



The 2018 syllabus will be available May 2018.



Participants of the Art Summer Institute will be awarded 3 units of Pass/No Pass credit after the successful completion of the program.

As a participant, you 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 program unless prearranged by the student and the instructor.

The program instructor is 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 P grade may count toward satisfaction of degree requirements, but these grades, as well as DR, I, and NR, are disregarded in determining a grade-point average.

UCLA is on the quarter system. While some schools are also on the quarter system, most colleges and universities are on the semester system. As a general guide to transferring quarter units to a semester system school, one semester unit or credit 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.

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


Grades earned during the summer are recorded on an official University of California transcript. Students can view grades on MyUCLA no later than August 13.

The transcript is a permanent record that reflects all undergraduate and graduate work completed at UCLA. The transcript lists courses, units, grades, cumulative grade-point average, transfer credits, total units, and work in progress in chronological order. Note: Official transcripts are NOT automatically sent to you or your home institution.

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.

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 the home UC campus grade-point average.


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 8 - JULY 20, 2018

JULY 23 - AUGUST 3, 2018

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 15: Refund Deadline for Precollege Summer Institutes

JULY 8-20: Art Summer Institute (Session A)

JULY 23 - AUGUST 3: Art Summer Institute (Session B)