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College Summer Programs

The following list of summer fine & performing arts programs for high school students offers suggestions only. It is not an exhaustive list nor is it an endorsement by Park Tudor School of any listed program.

Ball State University, Design Works Studio

Ball State's College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) offers a hands-on immersion into the exciting world of environmental design and problem solving, with fun and creative activities led by CAP faculty, this summer, July 7 - 19, 2013. The workshop's format bears similarities to the college’s First-Year Program for new freshmen—a sampling of our various disciplines, conducted in the same design studios that college students use. The application deadline is June 14, 2013.

Barnard College, Summer in the City

Students select two courses, a morning class and an afternoon class to be attended Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for the duration of the four week program. On Wednesdays, students spend part of the day visiting professional organizations or attend on-campus seminars. These sessions introduce you to different fields and the education or professional training they require. Courses range from acting, architecture, art history, dance, filmmaking, studio art and theatre.

Boston Architectural College, Summer Academy

Summer Academy at the BAC is a four-week design exploration program providing high school students the opportunity to build fundamental architectural design skills through hands-on projects. Issues of structure, form, sustainability, beauty and utility in the built environment are all encountered as students are challenged to creatively solve architectural design problems. Projects in the studio include model building, full-scale prototyping, free-hand drawing, graphic collage, mapping, diagramming and photography. Students are encouraged to experiment with new techniques and learn new skills while working both individually and in small group teams.

Boston University, Tanglewood Institute

The Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) is recognized internationally as the premiere summer training program for aspiring high school-age musicians and is the only program of its kind associated with one of the world’s great symphony orchestras. Under the guidance of distinguished professionals and in the presence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), young people devote themselves to an artistic experience without parallel. The high artistic standards, rich culture of learning, and diverse programs make BUTI a unique opportunity for young artists, a starting point on the path to a future in classical music.

Brandeis University, Summer Program

BIMA brings together talented teens and top-notch arts faculty for four weeks in the summer to pursue serious artistic growth within a Jewish setting. Courses offered in dance, music, visual arts, writing and theater. The result is a vibrant community brimming with artistic discovery and Jewish experiences.

Bradley University, Summer Forensics Institute

Bradley University’s Speech Team is the most successful forensics program in the country. Join us this summer for personalized instruction from national champions specializing in Interp, Oratory, Extemp, Original Comedy, and Special Occasion Speaking.

Butler University, Butler Community Arts School/Jordan College of the Arts Summer Camps

BCAS is an arts education and outreach program that provides instruction in specific performing arts disciplines to all ages and abilities. Instruction is provided by carefully selected and trained Butler students ("Teaching Fellows").

California College of the Arts, Pre-College Program

Immerse yourself in a college-level curriculum and become part of a creative community, meeting and working with other talented, serious students from diverse backgrounds. Pre-College provides a perfect platform to expand your knowledge, grow as an individual, develop strong portfolio pieces, and get a taste of college life. For more than 25 years, CCA’s Pre-College Program has been an inspiring opportunity for high school students to study art, architecture, design or creative writing in an art school setting while earning 3 units of college credit.

Carnegie-Mellon, Pre-College Art & Design Program

The Pre-College Art and Design program motivates, stimulates and prepares you as emerging artists and designers. Exploring traditional tools and new technologies in a variety of media leads you to develop conceptual and technical skills as well as your portfolio – all excellent preparation for applying to and succeeding in college-level art and design programs. Challenging courses, stimulating workshops, museum and gallery field trips, and energetic interaction with dedicated faculty and talented peers introduce you to the spirit and substance of an art and design school culture and environment.

Carnegie-Mellon, Pre-college Drama Program

The Pre-College Drama Program gives students the chance to participate in a professional training program with three options: acting, music theatre and design/technical production. The program focuses on the exploration of a conservatory training program with emphasis on creativity, craft and discipline.

Carnegie-Mellon, Pre-college Music Program

Instruction is challenging, creativity is expected and the responsibility of making music and training musicians is taken very seriously. At Carnegie Mellon, we are proud of our history in which tradition and technology co-exist. The School of Music has graduated superb musicians who are known worldwide as performers, composers, conductors and educators.

Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Immersion Program for High School Students

As one of the top performing arts schools in the country, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music is pleased to offer Summer Arts Immersion, a selection of one-week and two-week programs for high school students. Sponsored by the Preparatory Department, which serves over 2,000 precollege and community students in music, theatre arts and dance, high school students will receive exceptional training and performance opportunities while in residence at CCM.

Davidson College, Davidson July Experience

You will take two liberal arts courses taught by full-time Davidson faculty, live in residence halls with students from across the country and around the world, and participate in sessions about the college admission process, while getting prepared for college. 2016 courses include "Romare Bearden: Art and Identity (Art)" and "The Universal Language of Music.....or not? (Music)."

Eastman School of Music, Summer Programs

An exciting course offering of pre-college workshops are available at Eastman, which include: jazz studies, classical study and institutes for wind instruments, vocal studies and more. See site for more information.

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Summer Program

Learn more about what it's like to launch your own business or have a great career in Marketing, Fashion Buying, Merchandising, Fashion Styling, or Fashion Design at FIDM's 3 Days of Fashion for high school students.

Georgetown University, Summer Programs

The Summer College Courses at Georgetown University offer high school students a one of a kind experience. With access to many arts courses such as, art history, acting, and studio arts this is your chance to experience what life at Georgetown feels like both inside and outside of the classroom.

Gustavus Adolphus College, Summer Speech Institute

We focus on the process required to achieve excellence. While the goal is for you to leave with a tournament ready performance by learning the nuances of your primary event, our aim is to teach you the process required to compete at an elite level. You will learn to set preparation goals vs. result oriented goals, and we encourage you to commit to the process required of a champion, not the championship itself.

Harvard University, Summer Courses

Various courses in the arts are offered in Harvard’s summer program for high school students, including and not limited to: acting workshop, drama and dance.

Illinois State University, Summer Speech Institute

The emphasis of the Institute is on teaching both novice and experienced students the skills and theory necessary to successfully participate in interscholastic speech activities. The ISU Summer Speech Institute meets all the recommendations of the National Development Conference on Forensics. Every participant will have an opportunity to work with an experienced teacher in small classes to prepare and polish their events. The workshop has consistently maintained an instructor to student ratio of 1:4.

Indiana University, High School Journalism Institute

Sponsored by Indiana University's School of Journalism, the institute is designed for high school students who have accepted a position in high school media or for those interested in learning about journalism prior to their senior year. Participants will examine the role of the media, analyze their own and other student publications, and develop the skills needed to produce quality publications. Students also will contribute material to, a website to showcase work and blog about events during the workshops. Media professionals from all areas of journalism — broadcast, design, public relations, reporting and photography — will visit each session to have lunch with students and answer questions about work and careers.

Indiana University: Jacobs School of Music, Summer Music Clinic

The Indiana University Summer Music Clinic offers the high school student a musically challenging experience on the beautiful wooded IU campus. The IU Summer Music Clinic operates two Concert Bands, an Orchestra and two Jazz Bands. Clinicians include Scott Weiss from the University of South Carolina, Stephen W. Pratt, and Eric M. Smedley, both from the IU Jacobs School of Music. The program also offers small ensemble opportunities in Brass, Woodwind and String ensembles.

Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, High School Dance Programs

The summer dance program offers an encompassing curriculum for the serious student in grades 9-12 who wishes to study dance in a focused and creative atmosphere. Classes are designed to improve the artistic and technical proficiency of each student while providing a positive environment for the exploration of movement and personal growth. Each three-week session culminates with a public showing of the repertory pieces.

Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, High School Music Programs

Interlochen offers a wide range of musical opportunities for high school musicians and attracts some of the world’s most talented students and teachers. In addition to large-ensemble experiences, Interlochen Arts Camp also offers programs in some areas geared toward individual performers.

Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, High School Theatre Programs

Summer theatre programs at Interlochen offer students the opportunity to study with some of the top artists and educators in the field, from all over the United States. One – six week programs are offered in Musical Theatre Production, Musical Theatre Workshop, Musical Theatre Intensive, Repertory Theatre Production and Theatre Design and Production are offered.

Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, High School Visual Arts Programs

The visual arts program attracts highly dedicated and talented faculty, staff and students from around the world. Together, they create an environment focused on ideas, craftsmanship and the exchange of artistic values. Courses are designed to build fundamental skills in the visual arts and develop students’ creativity. Sessions in Visual Arts, Advanced Drawing Intensive, Advanced Painting Intensive, Drawing and Painting Institute and Preparing a Portfolio for College run approximately 1-3 weeks beginning June 15th and ending August 5th.

The International Film Institute of New York, Summer Filmmaking Intensive

The International Film Institute of New York will be offering its 5 week filmmaking intensive in partnership with Sarah Lawrence College and New York City Programs. The Filmmaking Intensive will be a five-week course that focuses on four core elements: writing for the screen, directing, production, and post-production.

Ithaca College, Summer Programs

The three-week summer college program is for talented students who have completed their sophomore or junior year in high school. Courses include, but are not limited to: Acting, Digital Music Projection, Musical Theatre Performance and Intro to Media Production. Students who have just completed their senior year are also eligible. Enroll in one course and earn two to four credits.

Johns Hopkins, Summer Pre-College Programs

Johns Hopkins Summer University is your chance to put Hopkins’ undergraduate programs—and yourself—to the test before applying to college. You’ll get an opportunity to see if Hopkins feels right for you, and we’ll get to know you better, too. Courses include, but are not limited to: art and art history, film and media studies, history of art, theatre arts and studies and Peabody music.

Julliard, Summer Dance Intensive

The Summer Dance Intensive is a three-week program in ballet and modern for advanced students who are dedicated, disciplined, and dance with a generosity of spirit. The program is limited to dancers who will be age 15-17 at the time of the program, and will begin their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school in fall 2013.

Maine Media Workshops + College, Young Artist Workshops

Dive into an experience that will stick with you for the rest of your life. Join us for an intensive summer camp experience in photography, filmmaking, acting, animation, screenwriting, and more. For students aged 14-17.

University of Michigan, Summer Performing Arts Institutes

MPulse provides an opportunity for approximately 200 young musicians and performing artists to gain exposure to the rigorous training provided by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Designed for students who are considering studying these areas in college, participants work with distinguished University of Michigan faculty and alumni while experiencing campus life in Ann Arbor.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, High School Music Camp

The HS Music Camp is intended for rising 9th grade through rising freshman in college age pianists and singers. The program offers private lessons in voice or piano, theory classes, daily individual performance opportunities in studio classes and solo recitals, and large choral and staged singing opportunities.

NYU Steinhardt, Summer Programs

Every summer, high school to graduate school students and faculty participate in our varied and exciting music and performing arts courses and workshops. Through these programs you'll benefit from master classes, private lessons, and performance opportunities. We have many dynamic programs in music, dance education, and educational theatre including workshops in music theatre, string quartet performance, jazz improvisation, Broadway percussion, and Shakespeare, to film scoring, music business, and the Kodaly method of music education.

Oberlin College & Conservatory, Vocal Academy for High School Students

The Oberlin Conservatory of Music presents the Vocal Academy for High School Students, a nine-day, intensive workshop that offers dedicated high school voice students age 15 years and older (high school graduates are excluded) an opportunity to explore the many facets involved in developing the singer's art. Technical work will include the development of posture, breathing, phonation, resonance, and articulation.

Otis College of Art and Design, Summer of Art

This intensive, four week, pre-college program is for individuals 15 or older who wish to study at one of the top art and design colleges in the country. Serious young artists seeking to strengthen and enhance their art skills as well as students with limited art training are invited to participate.

Parsons College of Art, École Parson À Paris

The Parsons Paris Summer Program offers an exciting set of intensive courses with a modern edge in the historically complex city of Paris. Areas of study include Art History and Critical Studies, Communication Design, Design Management, Fine Arts, Fashion Design, French Language, Illustration, and Photography. One to four-week long courses help introductory to advanced level students explore art, design, business, culture, and language. For more information, visit Early registration discount deadline is February 15, 2013.

University of Pennsylvania, Art: Summer at Penn

Taught by members of Penn’s Department of the History of Art, the Art in the City Academy introduces students to the extensive world of the visual arts that lies both on Penn’s campus and in downtown Philadelphia. The focus of the program is on acquainting students with the museums, galleries and historical sites that house works of painting, sculpture, and decorative arts that make the nation’s first capital a world-class center for art and architectural study. Students will work with instructors and research professionals to develop weekly projects including visual analyses, videos, and web pages.

Pratt Institute, Summer Pre-College Program

Realize your best creative dream, and build a good quality portfolio through Pratt Institute’s credit courses and professional development programs. Pratt's Pre-College Program is featured on's list of the Top 10 Most Exciting College Programs for high school students.

The Putney School Summer Program, Arts for Creative Youth

The Putney School Summer Programs offer students age 14-17 the opportunity for in-depth exploration in the visual arts, performing arts, and creative writing, as well as sustainability through our Farm Program. We welcome students to apply who are ready to take risks in their creative work, to learn new things and get better at what they already know, and to be a responsible member of this diverse and close-knit community. The Summer Programs enrolls teenagers from all over the world.

Ringling College of Art + Design, Summer Art Programs

Various studio courses are offered in the studio arts. Offerings for summer 2016 will be available mid-Spring.

RISD, Pre-College Program

The six-week summer residential Pre-College Program offers 16- to 18-year-old high school students a comprehensive introduction to the college art school experience. Students follow a college-level studio curriculum and live in RISD residence halls, in a full-immersion encounter with art and design education at the highest level. The program is focused, serious and challenging, as students experience the core elements of a RISD education – critical thinking and artmaking – from foundation drawing and design courses, to critical studies in art, to focused concentration in one of 20 diverse majors.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Summer Enrichment Programs

Summer enrichment programs are designed and taught by Rensselaer faculty members. Activities include daily on-campus classroom preparation, lab experience, tours, visits with faculty and admissions counselors, hands-on projects and interactions with current undergraduate and graduate students. Course offerings vary from Architecture Career Discovery Program to Aerospace Engineering. Application/Registration begin in January. Costs for programs vary.

Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory, Mason Gross School of the Arts

The Rutgers University Summer Acting Conservatory is a four-week program designed to allow high school students the opportunity to experience intensive, professional actor training taught by accomplished professionals within the context of a college environment.

Savannah School of Art & Design, Pre-College Program

This challenging five-week program awards college credit to rising high school seniors who are ready for a summer college experience. Students enroll in two college-level classes and have the opportunity to build or enhance their visual arts portfolios.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Summer High School Student Programs

The Early College Program (ECP) provides excellence in precollege, interdisciplinary art, design, and creative writing education by focusing on contemporary practices that develop visual and conceptual skills, facilitate portfolio development for college admissions, expose high school students to SAIC faculty and institutional resources, and offer opportunities for high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit.

School of the Visual Arts, Summer Program

Pre-College students are immersed in their chosen field of study through lectures on art history, theory and the use of media and material. The Pre-College program is further enhanced with a comprehensive list of supervised activities that takes full advantage of the social and cultural life of New York City.

Skidmore College, Pre-College Program

Prepare for college success in Skidmore's Pre-College Program, a unique summer experience for talented high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from around the world. The five-week program offers the opportunity to engage in college-level study in the liberal and studio arts with distinguished Skidmore faculty amid a beautiful upstate New York campus setting.

Sorbonne, Summer Program

A rich selection of non-credit preparatory classes and workshops, taught in English except for French language classes, are offered for all Summer Study at the Sorbonne high school summer program students. Courses include, but are not limited to: architecture, art history, drawing in Paris, fashion, film studies and Paris through digital photography.

Stanford University, Summer Youth Orchestra

The Stanford Youth Orchestra will bring the finest young musicians from around the world to participate in a three-week intensive orchestral and academic program in Summer 2013 on the beautiful campus of Stanford University. Bringing together world-renowned faculty instructors, the Stanford Youth Orchestra will provide participants with exceptional orchestral training in the new state-of-the-art Bing Concert Hall, and within Stanford’s peerless intellectual and interdisciplinary environment.

Tulane University, Career Explorations in Architecture

Students will spend their three weeks in the School of Architecture exploring the ideas, methods, and issues of architecture. Lectures, field trips, discussions, critiques, and other activities during the four-hour daily class session will be supplemented by regular exercises to be completed outside class time. Students will sample the intensity as well as the subjects of a collegiate architecture curriculum.

Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Summer High School Program

During the summer the Tisch School of the Arts offers high school students the chance to participate in intensive training in New York City. Through these programs students gain an enriching and enlightening experience, and a better understanding of the nature of a professional training program. In each of our four-week programs, students are enrolled in rigorous and highly structured college-level courses taught by our full-time faculty. Upon successful completion of the summer program, students earn six college credits, all fully accredited New York University courses.

UCLA, Summer Institute

The Summer Art Institute is designed for exceptionally talented and motivated high school students, grades 9-12. Each session is two weeks long and offers young artists an opportunity to earn three units of UCLA college credit. Students can commute to campus for five days a week of intensive studio work, or opt to stay in UCLA residential housing halls with meal plan and supervised evening and weekend activities. Courses in drawing, painting, photography and sculpture are offered.

Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Summer Programs

Every summer Walnut Hill School for the Arts welcomes hundreds of talented students ages 10 to 17 to campus for exploration in the creative and performing arts. Admission to summer programs at Walnut Hill School for the Arts is highly selective. Our programs are designed to provide the highest level of artistic training in a fun, nurturing, and enjoyable manner, set in a conservatory-style atmosphere. Walnut Hill offers exciting programs in Dance, Theater, Writing & Film, and Visual Art.

Yale University, Summer Conservatory for Actors

The Yale Summer Conservatory for Actors is an intensive introduction to the basic techniques of acting. Based on the principles of Stanislavski, this five-week program is a distillation of the acting curriculum at the Yale School of Drama.