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.
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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 through the application of creative methodologies. In this program, we consider how merging science and art cultures can expand the communication of knowledge, enrich approaches to science and technology, as well as foster and build community across disciplines. The advantage of adding an artistic approach to scientific thinking lies in arts ability to address challenges from a wider and more creative thought-process, inspiring alternative ways for dealing with and applying complexities.
Through historical retrospective, cutting edge lab visits, guest lectures, field trips, surveys of current art-science collaborations, science fiction movie screenings, and a final project consisting of both science and art research, 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 final project asks students to work collaboratively in small groups, under the challenge: "Imagine the Impossible". Students focus on one aspect of the course work that they are interested in, and work in small groups to expand upon and research their chosen topic. They are asked to develop ideas or methodologies for the application of this information, whether that be in an art project, product proposal, or media design. Instructors work closely with the students on the conceptual and technical development of their ideas. The final works are delivered in a multimedia presentation during our closing ceremony.
JULY 26 - AUGUST 6, 2021