Art Summer Institute
Thank you for visiting the Art 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 https://www.summer.ucla.edu/faq/SummerInstitutes.
Can students take different pathways during different sessions and still get college credit?
Students will receive 3 units of UC credit for Art 70 for each session they attend – students enrolled in both sessions A and B will receive a total of 6 units of UCLA credit.
If enrolling in both sessions, please note that some course content will overlap between sections offered in both Session A and Session B. For this reason we recommend that students choose two different sections.
Can students take classes in mediums that they have never worked with before?
Yes! The Art Summer Institute offers undergraduate-level, intro studio art courses. Our courses are designed to accommodate students who are experienced artists, as well as those who are trying a medium for the first time. No experience with the medium is necessary. Our instructors are also skilled at responding to students working at a variety of levels with challenging assignments to help them explore and develop their work.
Is this a program to help students design their portfolio for college applications?
The Art Summer Institute is not a portfolio building program - we find that a concern towards building a portfolio can deter students from taking risks or being experimental and ambitious in their work. However, students in the Art Summer Institute can expect to make a significant number of works during the session, including many portfolio pieces, and will have access to a Department of Art admissions advising session. Students will also have ample opportunity to discuss their portfolios with their instructors throughout the program.
What materials should students have?
Students in Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture classes will order complete kits directly from Blick Art Materials in West LA. Kits include all of the tools and materials necessary for the class, and are priced at a significant discount. Materials kits can be ordered for delivery via FedEx, or picked up curbside by appointment for families living in Los Angeles.
Photography students have their own DSLR camera with manual mode, and a computer for editing their images. Students who don’t have Adobe Photoshop will be provided with a software license for the duration of the institute
Video and Performance Art students must have a smartphone (or other digital video recording device), and a computer for editing their work. Students who don’t have the Adobe software suite will be provided with a software license for the duration of the institute.
For the Photo track, do students need to have their own camera? What quality should the camera be?
Photo students must have their own digital SLR camera with manual mode, memory card, and and access to a computer for editing their images. Students who don’t have Adobe Photoshop will be provided with a software license for the duration of the institute.
ART SUMMER INSTITUTE (SESSION A):
JULY 6 - JULY 17, 2020
ART SUMMER INSTITUTE (SESSION B):
JULY 20 - JULY 31, 2020