Sci | Art Lab + Studio Summer Institute

Thank you for visiting the Sci| Art Lab+Studio Summer Institute Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page! Here, you will find answers to questions that students and parents most commonly ask us specifically about this program.

Still have questions? Check out the general Summer Institutes FAQ page at

How does this program differ from the other science institutes?

The Sci|Art Lab+Studio Summer Institute focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations, exploring the possibilities and implications of scientific and technological innovation. Nanoscience research requires fresh ways of thinking and new methodologies and the future of innovation and discovery in nanotechnology is determined not just by scientific knowledge, but also by the application of creative thought and imagination that go beyond a traditional reductionist approach. The advantage of an artistic approach lies in its ability to address challenges from a more holistic and general view, to conceive of new ways to deal with complexity which, when combined with science, provide a powerful new direction for invention and creation.

Through historical retrospective, cutting edge lab visits, guest lectures, field trips, surveys of current art-science collaborations, as well as science fiction movie screenings, students are exposed and immersed in the interface of science, art and culture.

What type of science background should applicants have? Should applicants have taken art classes in the past?

Although helpful, students don't need specific background in either art or science but the curiosity and willingness to embrace scientific method and artistic process as complimentary tools for rethinking traditional models of exploration and innovation that makes connections between cutting edge scientific research, popular culture, and contemporary arts.  

Is there a final project?

Yes, the course culminates in a final project.

Is a laptop required?

Yes, we recommend students bring their own laptops.


Program Dates

JULY 28 - AUGUST 9, 2019

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline

JULY 28 - AUGUST 9: Sci|Art Lab + Studio