Art


Art Summer Institute

Curriculum

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)

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

 

Drawing and Painting (A) and (B) Curriculum

This course offers students opportunities to investigate contemporary and historical concerns in drawing and painting, and to develop new approaches to making artwork in these mediums. Students will work with their instructor throughout the day, spending half the course studying Drawing, and the other half studying Painting, with daily homework assignments. A Teaching Assistant will also meet with students regularly to offer support, technical expertise, and feedback.

In Drawing, students work with a variety of media to learn techniques for working from observation, as well as from imagination. In Painting, students receive instruction in composition, color mixing, and paint handling, as well as the encouragement to experiment and innovate. In both mediums, students explore form and content to develop new approaches to making art. Students also strengthen their art-making practice at the university level using individual meetings with the instructor, class discussion, and group critiques as critical tools for growth and development.

Photography (A) Curriculum

The Photography course examines contemporary and historical photography with a focus on form, content, and new approaches to making photographs. Students will work with their instructor to study a variety of approaches, techniques, and methods in photography and will receive daily homework assignments. A Teaching Assistant will also meet with students throughout the day to offer support, technical expertise, and feedback.

With workshops in the fundamentals of camera operation and advanced techniques, students in photography will execute a wide range of projects and experiments to develop their skills and portfolio. Students also strengthen their art-making practice at the university level using individual meetings with the instructor, class discussion, and group critiques as critical tools for growth and development.

Drawing and Sculpture (A) Curriculum

The Drawing & Sculpture course is a unique opportunity to introduce students to art making techniques and interpretation rarely offered in high school curricula. Students will work with their instructor throughout the day, spending half the course studying Drawing, and the other half studying Sculpture, with daily homework assignments. A Teaching Assistant will also meet with students regularly to offer support, technical expertise, and feedback.

In Drawing, students work with a variety of media to learn techniques for working from observation, as well as from imagination. In sculpture, students will examine the complex relationships between form, space, materials, and meaning, and will be exposed to a wide array of conceptual processes, construction methods, and materials. The course also addresses historical, contemporary, and experimental traditions in drawing and sculpture, and gives students the opportunity to develop new approaches to making art. Students strengthen their art-making practice at the university level using individual meetings with the instructor, class discussion, and group critiques as critical tools for growth and development.

 

Video Art and Experimental Animation (B) Curriculum

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to experiment with a range of art-making practices centered around moving image and performance. Students will work with their instructor throughout the day, spending half the course studying Video Art, and the other half studying Experimental Animation, with daily homework assignments. A Teaching Assistant will also meet with students regularly to offer support, technical expertise, and feedback.

The class comprises a series of workshops designed to create space to experiment and play with ideas and processes, while learning core production skills. In addition to the foundations of video making, instruction may include found-footage collage, micro-length animation, music videos, live performance, and ad hoc set design and prop making. The course will examine these experimental methods and techniques in the context of the history of video art and film making. Individual and group critiques will help students consider their own and each other’s work critically and thoughtfully, expanding for them the rich potentials of video art and animation for meaning making and unmaking in their continuing practices as art makers and viewers.

SCHEDULE AND SYLLABUS

Schedule

Please find the sample Monday - Friday schedule below.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Class meeting – Demos, lectures, assignments, etc.
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Studio work and small group meetings with Instructor and TA .
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Class meeting – daily review, discuss homework, etc.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Class meeting – Demos, lectures, assignments, etc.
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Studio work and small group meetings with Instructor and TA .
3:30 AM – 4:00 PM Class meeting – daily review, discuss homework, etc.
Evening – Homework

Alongside daily studio work, participants are exposed to a range of media and contemporary art practices with presentations by both UCLA Department of Art faculty and visiting artists. These artists' lectures are built into class meeting times throughout the Institute.

 


SUPPLY LIST

All students will need a laptop or desktop with a working webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection (good enough for Netflix, for example). Headphones are optional but recommended.

Students in Drawing & Painting, Drawing & Sculpture classes will be provided with a list of supplies to order from Blick Artist Materials, or their local art supply store. Students should expect to spend approximately $150-$200 on supplies for these courses. If you have questions about ordering your materials please email summerart@arts.ucla.edu.

Video Art and Experimental Animation students must also have a smartphone (or other digital video recording device), and a computer for editing their work. Information about any software requirements will be provided to students enrolled in the course.

Photography students must have their own DSLR camera with manual mode, and a computer for editing their images. Information about any software requirements will provided to students enrolled in the course.


Faculty and Instructors

FACULTY

Instructor bios coming soon!


Grades

GRADES

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)
NP Not Passed (achievement at grade C- or lower)

Courses in which students receive a P grade may count toward satisfaction of degree requirements but will be disregarded in determining a grade-point average.


Credits / Units

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.

TRANSCRIPTS

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.

Ordering a transcript can be done online through MyUCLA. Those requiring expedited or special delivery can submit a Transcript Request Form.

Requests are not processed if students have outstanding financial, academic, or administrative obligations to the University.

NOTE: Current or newly admitted UCLA students will have their grades appear on their UCLA transcript immediately after grades are submitted by the course instructor. Current or newly admitted visiting UC students will have their grades appear on their home UC campus's transcript in October or November.

Program Dates

ART SUMMER INSTITUTE (SESSION A):
JULY 6 - JULY 16, 2021

ART SUMMER INSTITUTE (SESSION B):
JULY 19 - JULY 30, 2021

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15 - APRIL 1: Summer Scholars Support for California High School Students Application Period

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline - Refund Deadline for Summer Institutes

JULY 6-16: Art Summer Institute (Session A)

JULY 19-30: Art Summer Institute (Session B)

UCLA Summer Sessions 2021 will be remote. Learn More.