2015 Summer Programs College Fair

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Learn about exciting, innovative summer programs offered by a broad range of ASN Member Schools, Colleges, Conservatories, and Arts Education Organizations, in the U.S. and U.K.

College representatives will also provide information on degree programs, admission policies, audition requirements, and scholarships and financial aid.

Attendees will receive a map indicating the location of institutions along with a brief description of the programs offered.


Wednesday, October 21, 4:00-6:00pm


THE CORNISH PLAYHOUSE Seattle City Center, 201 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

Staff and students of local schools are invited to attend free of charge!  Contact:  admission@cornish.edu


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  • Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design – AICAD
  • Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
  • California College of the Arts
  • California Institute of the Arts – CalArts
  • California State Summer School Arts Foundation
  • College of Charleston School of the Arts
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • CulinArt
  • Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts
  • Lingo Tours
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • McNally Smith College of Music
  • NYU Tisch School of the Arts
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • SCAD – Savannah College of Art and Design
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Minnesota, Guthrie BFA
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Walnut Hill School for the Arts
  • Webster University
  • YoungArts


Acceptd is the premiere online arts network connecting students with Performing and Visual Arts programs worldwide. Create a free student account and connect with hundreds of universities, conservatories, festivals, competitions and scholarships. Build an online portfolio and be recruited by admissions representatives from top college programs. Get tips for creating an awesome portfolio and video audition. Maximize your potential and consider the possibilities!

The Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design – AICAD, http://aicad.org/ is a membership organization of the 42 leading art & design schools in the US and Canada, will feature helpful information for prospective art school applicants, such as admissions tips, portfolio development, information about creative careers, statistics on alumni satisfaction and success, and more.

Be sure to visit Lee Ann Adams at the AICAD booth to learn more and to get connected!

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, ASN 2016 Conference Host

Learn about ASN’s 2016 Dallas Conference – Theme: Deep in the ART of Texas: Partnering Innovation with the genius in everyone!

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts is a founding member of ASN.

Since 1976, BTWHSPVA has established an international reputation for excellence in arts and academics. The school is the anchor member of the Dallas Arts District, which is the largest arts district in the country. As such, there is a wealth of opportunity for ASN members to experience the rich history of the artistic evolution in Dallas and its impact on the educational institutions in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

California College of the Arts. Entering its 30th year, the California College of the Arts Pre-College Program is an exciting opportunity for high school students to study art, architecture, design, or creative writing in an art-school setting while earning 3 college credits.

Dive into a college-level curriculum and become part of a creative community, meeting and working with other talented, serious students from diverse backgrounds. While taking classes on CCA’s beautiful Oakland campus, you can explore the Bay Area’s rich culture and geography. 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.

Pre-College is an immersion experience. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4p.m., with a one-hour lunch break at noon. In addition to scheduled class time, students develop and complete assignments outside of class. Evening activities such as life drawing sessions, artist talks, and hands-on art and design workshops enhance the overall program experience. The last day concludes with a campus-wide exhibition and reception.

Open to students who will have just completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school by summer 2016. Housing and scholarships are available. Application will be live on January 5, 2016. www.cca.edu/precollege

The California Institute of the Arts – CalArts, Valencia, CA. Established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is the nation’s first higher education institute to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in both the visual and performing arts. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions.

As successive generations of faculty and alumni have helped shape the landscape of contemporary arts, the Institute encompasses a vibrant, eclectic community with global reach, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration and exchange among artists, artistic disciplines and cultural traditions.

Admission to CalArts is competitive and considered mainly on the basis of demonstrated artistic merit, as assessed by the faculty of the individual programs. Other important considerations include educational records, recommendations, and artist’s statements by applicants. CalArts is dedicated to training and nurturing the next generation of professional artists, fostering brilliance and innovation within the broadest context possible.

The California State Summer School for the Arts is a rigorous, pre-professional, month-long training program in the visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation and film for talented artists of high school age. CSSSA provides a supportive environment in which students hone acquired skills and explore new techniques and ideas for an intense and exciting learning experience. The school was created by the California Legislature, and held its first session in 1987. Its purpose is to provide a training ground for future artists who wish to pursue careers in the arts and entertainment industries in California. The California State Summer School for the Arts is a state agency funded through a unique public-private partnership.

California residents enrolled in grades nine through twelve may apply to attend CSSSA. Students from outside of California may also apply; twenty are admitted each year. Participants are selected in the spring, on the basis of their talent and creativity as demonstrated through assignments and teacher recommendations. The student body is representative of the ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the state. The admissions process is highly competitive.

The College of Charleston School of the Arts offers real-world experiences in an arts-centric historic city combined with studies with dedicated artist-scholars; this results in well-rounded, individualized and real-life preparation for careers in the arts.

The College of Charleston School of the Arts is a vibrant community of practicing artists who are also dedicated teacher-scholars. Collectively, the faculty and administrators strive to give students the best possible arts education within a liberal arts curriculum.

The School is made up of four departments, which include art and architectural history, music, studio art, and theatre and dance, as well as two stand-alone programs: arts management and historic preservation and community planning. Also available is a degree in Computing in the Arts, which is a collaborative program with the department of computer science. Professors also participate in offering master’s programs in arts management, historic preservation and community planning, an artist certificate program in music, a graduate certificate in arts management and a master of arts in teaching (choral music and theatre).

The School of the Arts offers a broad range of courses in these fields, as well as other educational and cultural experiences, including study abroad opportunities. Students enjoy multiple opportunities to exhibit their work and talents. The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, administered by the School, serves as an extension of the undergraduate curricula at the College and as a cultural resource for the region. The Institute provides a direct experience with works of art in all media within an environment that fosters creativity, individuality, innovation and education.

Throughout the academic year, the School of the Arts presents an exciting array of music events, plays, dance performances, lectures, films and gallery exhibits. Students also have opportunities to engage with professional artists and arts organizations throughout the community, including local and international arts festivals.

Columbia College Chicago. Columbia College Chicago is an international leader and recognized pioneer in arts and media education. With over 120 years of deep experience teaching creative students to develop authentic voices and meaningful skills, Columbia graduates are fully prepared to launch sustainable careers in the visual, performing, media and communication arts.

Our educational philosophy is rooted in the essential wedding of theory with practice. Our students are immersed in a creative learning environment designed to give them ample opportunity to test and perfect their art, craft or practice, while grounding them in a rigorous academic curriculum that provides broad context and the intellectual, analytical and creative capacity to succeed in their chosen fields.

Cornish College of the Arts. Founded in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Film+Media, Performance Production and Theater, a Bachelor of Music degree, and an Artist Diploma in Early Music.

Since its beginning, the College’s founder Nellie Cornish, and the many teaching artists who followed her, believed in education through exposure to all the arts. This approach continues to inform the College’s curriculum and community involvement today. Visit our website for more information http://www.cornish.edu/ and sign up for our Open House in November, http://www.cornish.edu/admission/visit/open_house/

Summer at Cornish offers a variety of courses in Art, Dance, Design, Film+Media Music, Performance Production, Theater, and Interdisciplinary Explorations for all age ranges and levels. Visit our website for more information and to create a custom schedule www.cornish.edu/summer. Earn college credit and experience college life! Summer 2016 registration will be begin December 2015. Register by May 6th and receive 10% discount on tuition.

CulinArt Group is the largest privately-owned managed dining services company in the northeast and second largest in the country. CulinArt Group serves a diverse mix of esteemed clients in colleges & universities, graduate schools and private schools. CulinArt Group takes a total regional approach to customizing dining programs to schools’ individual needs, based on student demographics, regional and cultural preferences, and the mission of the school. CulinArt offers each of its school partnerships a unique advantage in applying a “Food First”, scratch cooking approach to dining. Moreover, CulinArt is not just about the food we serve, but also about providing students with the tools they need to “Eat Green, Live Green.” CulinArt Group employs registered dietitians who educate students about making sound dietary choices while being mindful of their foods’ origins. For more information, please visit culinartgroup.com.

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program offers over 90 different courses for students of all ages, including Creative Writing, Dance, Film & Digital Media, InterArts, Fashion Design, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

The campus, situated on 205-forested acres (85 hectares) in the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains in Southern California, is a safe and inspiring setting for young students and artists.

Interlochen Center for the Arts. Located in beautiful northwest Michigan, Interlochen Arts Camp offers summer programs for grades 3-12. This summer, join the 2,500 students from all over the world who will come to Interlochen to study music, theatre, visual arts, creative writing, motion picture arts, and dance. Learn from amazing artists and educators, be inspired by our scenic campus, and create with other students who share your passion for the arts. Each summer, student artists gather at Interlochen to learn, create and perform alongside leading artists and instructors.

There’s a lot to see and do while at Interlochen. Campers can participate in and enjoy several performances, readings and art exhibitions each week. There are no classes on Monday afternoons, and off-campus field trips to the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Peterson Beach on Lake Michigan are camper favorites. Campers live and learn in age-appropriate divisions. – See more at: http://camp.interlochen.org/media/video-camp-life#sthash.YvAuC6kc.dpuf

Lingo Tours – Student Groups
Rustenburgerstraat 276
1073 Amsterdam
Tel: +31 6 3829 4454

  1. Performing Arts Tours in Europe (for US based schools/classes) 2016/2017. Customized tours for performing arts schools, touring in Europe to perform, train and/or to see performances.
  2. Acting training retreat/tour summer 2016/2017
  3. Music, Jazz workshop week in Amsterdam, summer 2016

Massachusetts College of Art and Design is a public, independent college of art and design located in the heart of Boston. As a national leader in visual art and design education, the college influences contemporary culture through the creative accomplishments of its students, alumni, faculty and staff. MassArt offers bachelor of fine arts degrees in 20 disciplines spanning the fine arts, design, art education, and art history, as well as graduate degrees in the fine arts, dynamic media, architecture, and art education.

MassArt also offers residential summer programs for high school students. Summer Studios is an intensive four-week program for the young artist who is serious about his or her work. Students from around the world come together to experience MassArt and the environment of a higher education institution in the visual arts. Students take three required foundation classes and one elective, and are able to see the development of their work over the program. In addition, the program offers a number of special events, and students participate in a closing exhibition of their work.

McNally Smith College of Music. For over 30 years, McNally Smith College of Music has helped students make and sustain a life in music. Located in the heart of St. Paul, MN the college offers a unique curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in music through a combined emphasis on artistry, technology and entrepreneurship. McNally Smith offers a variety of degrees and programs for study ‹ including Composition & Songwriting, Music Performance, Audio Production, Live Sound, and Music Business.

Visit www.mcnallysmith.edu to learn more.

New York University, The Tisch School of the Arts. We seek out and celebrate all kind of unique voices hailing from 48 states and 39 countries. Our students undergo the most rigorous admissions process of any school at NYU. We take a lot of time to decide whom we invite into the school. Our faculty pour over academic histories, essays, portfolios, writing samples, images, and performances to identify the most intriguing people who have the urge to create, to invent, to experiment, to produce, to write, to code, to film, to analyze, to perform and TO DO…

Once you’re here, you will encounter other people like you — people who have a deep curiosity about themselves and the world around them. They will become your friends and collaborators for life. You are going to dig deeply into your discipline, but you will also get the breadth of a liberal arts education in a great research global university. This is going to prepare you for anything you want to do in your journey for life. You will be creating, YOU.

Our Summer High School Programs: Challenge yourself and learn how to unleash your true artistic potential. Develop your talents and explore the possibilities of a career in the arts. High school students from all over the world participate in the summer intensive program in New York City and gain an enriching and enlightening experience under the guidance of our full-time faculty.

In the summer program students spend four weeks on campus and earn six college credits, live in one of the residence halls and have a pre-college experience. We offer summer high school programs in: Creative Computing, Dance, Drama, Dramatic Writing, Filmmaking, Game Design, Photography and Imaging and Recorded Music.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is the nation’s centre of excellence for performing and production arts training. We provide specialised vocational education in dance, drama, music, production and screen to prepare the next generation of professionals for the global workplace.

Approximately 900 students are currently pursing degrees at RCS across all of our art form specialisms. We were the first conservatoire to be awarded our own degree-awarding powers up to taught Masters level. We work in partnership with prestigious education institutions including the University of Glasgow, the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh. We also work in partnership with the national companies including the National Theatre of Scotland and BBC Scotland to provide students with the very best learning experiences the Scottish landscape has to offer.

Based in the heart of Glasgow, RCS is also a busy performing arts venue; we host over 500 public performances each year and welcome audiences of over 40,000 people to our Renfrew Street campus. Additionally, we also teach over 3000 part-time learners every year through our Junior Conservatoire and Short Courses departments.

Find out more about the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: rcs.ac.uk

Royal Welch College of Music and Drama. The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) is ranked Number 1 for Drama and top 5 Music conservatory in the UK in the latest Guardian League Tables (2016). It is a center of excellence for the performing arts and the first and largest All-Steinway Conservatory in the UK offering undergraduate/graduate courses in Music (Classical & Jazz), Acting, Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre, Design for Performance and Arts Management.

RWCMD competes alongside an international peer group of conservatoires and specialist arts colleges for the best students globally, enabling students to enter and influence the world of music, theatre, and related professions. Set in the grounds of Cardiff Castle in the heart of the city, bordering one of the largest and most beautiful urban parks in the United Kingdom, and just two hours by train to central London, the College is well known for its distinctive warm and welcoming character. With small class sizes, there is a real sense of community enabling the College to offer students an outstanding level of training and support.

Visit our website for further details: www.rwcmd.ac.uk

SCAD – Savannah College of Art and Design. This summer, explore new avenues of artistic development and spark your imagination at the university for creative careers. SCAD offers summer programs for high school students and educators. Students have the opportunity to pursue art and design disciplines while working alongside peers from all over the world. At the SCAD Educator Forum, or SEF, educators are able to revitalize their creative energy while learning new skills through a variety of educational and recreational activities in the midst of a bustling art scene. With exceptional facilities, extensive equipment and inspirational settings, SCAD summer programs offer an ideal environment for artists at all levels to create, learn and grow.

University of Colorado Denver. The CU Denver College of Arts & Media was the first college in Colorado devoted exclusively to arts and entertainment. Located in the heart of downtown Denver, we understand the influence of modern trends and technology on traditional art forms. Our faculty is comprised of artistic masters and arts education leaders who are connected to the national pulse of art and entertainment.

We offer programs in Music Business, Recording Arts, Singer/Songwriter, Performance, Film & Television, Theater, Art History, Digital Animation, Digital Design, Illustration, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Studio Art, and Transmedia-Sculpture. We also offer the LYNX National Arts & Media Camps which are two-week summer camps to expose high schools students to our college and programs. In summer of 2016 we will offer two LYNX Camp sessions and summer camp programs in Photography, Digital Animation, Music Industry, Movie Production, and Design to Improve Life.

The University of Minnesota Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program. https://theatre.umn.edu/theatre/bfa  The partnership between the University of Minnesota and the Guthrie Theater offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in acting. Our innovative curriculum combines outstanding academics from the University of Minnesota with the artistic vision of the internationally renowned Guthrie Theater.

In the audition process, we are looking for raw talent rather than slick polish. We are looking for passion. Students with a love of literature and history, rather than dreams of fame and fortune. A sense of humor. A willingness to take risks. A willingness to fail.

Program Highlights

  • Study abroad at the Globe Theatre in London
  • Alumni/students regularly cast in productions at Guthrie Theater and across the Twin Cities
  • Ranked as a top acting program in the world (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Prestigious academics and research, renowned faculty, Big Ten Conference

Stage Elements Summer Theatre Intensive   https://theatre.umn.edu/theatre/elements

Immerse yourself in an extraordinary, 8-day theatre intensive designed for current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors, led by distinguished University of Minnesota faculty who are professional artists from organizations including the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company and Penumbra Theatre.

University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Welcome to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where summer is intense, exhilarating and all about the students. Whether your passion is dance, drama, filmmaking, music or visual arts, you’ll find all the hands-on experience, all the performance opportunities, and all the individual attention from professional artists you’ve dared to dream of.

UNCSA Summer Intensives offer non-credit immersion in five arts areas for students ready for a challenge. All programs are open to both residential students and commuters (day students). For those who live on campus, the UNCSA campus is a safe environment to take artistic risks:

  • Trained resident counselors on each hall. Student to counselor ratio of 15:1
  • Students live, work and socialize with other young artists
  • Campus police devoted to the safety of all students 24/7
  • Full meal plan for any diet included with campus housing. Discounted block meals available for commuters
  • Fun social and recreational activities on weekends and evenings
  • On-campus health services

Follow this link: http://www.uncsa.edu/summersession/index.htm For more information, please contact us at 336-734-2848. Email: summer@uncsa.edu

Walnut Hill School for the Arts is a boarding and day high school located 17 miles west of Boston in Natick, MA. Every summer, Walnut Hill welcomes hundreds of talented students, ages 10 to 17, to campus for exploration in the creative and performing arts. Our programs in Dance, Theater, Visual Art, and Writing & Film attract students who are serious about their studies and seek a level of training that would not typically be offered in an arts campus environment.

Students come from across the country and around the world to develop their skills at the highest level in the company of peers who share their exceptional abilities and love for the arts. Each program is designed to provide outstanding artistic training in a nurturing, fun and creative atmosphere. More detailed information on all of our summer programs can be found at summer.walnuthillarts.org.

Webster University is pleased to offer a full array of summer camps, workshops, and intensives focused on the Arts. These include: Dance, Art, Music, Jazz Studies, Piano, Filmmaking, Musical Theatre, and Music Production. In addition, Webster has BA, BFA, and BM degrees in all of the above areas, and also in the areas of Animation, Scriptwriting, Video Game Design, Creative Writing, Photography, and Songwriting.   A full complement of theatre design/tech programs such as Costume Design, Technical Direction, Stage Management, Wig & Make-Up Design, and Lighting Design are also available.

Located in Webster Groves, a residential suburb of St. Louis, MO, Webster University provides the perfect setting for the creative process to thrive. Students work with our award-winning faculty immediatley, which includes nationally recognized performers and artists who make teaching undergraduates their first priority.

YoungArts. The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) is an annual, national competition for students ages 15-18, grades 10-12, studying the performing, visual, literary and design arts. Each year more than 11,000 students apply for consideration to be nationally recognized by YoungArts. In 2015, 786 winners were selected through a rigorous, multi-round adjudication process. YoungArts winners are eligible to receive cash awards of up to $10,000 ($500,000 awarded each year); to participate in YoungArts week-long master class programs, performances and exhibitions; and to join a strong alumni network.   In addition, high school seniors are eligible for nomination to receive a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts award. All applicants are eligible to be part of the Student List Service which connects students with both pre-college opportunities, and college admission representatives from across the U.S. YoungArts applications open each April and close mid-October. Full details about YoungArts—www.youngarts.org. 

Special thanks to the Fair’s Host and Sponsor Cornish College of the Arts!

Established in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts, the Pacific Northwest’s premier art college, offers BFA and BMu degrees in both the visual and performing arts.

About: Arts Schools Network is a non-profit association founded in 1981, dedicated to its mission to provide leaders in arts schools with quality resources, support, and networking opportunities.


If you need to ship materials for the Tables at the College Fair:

Jonathan Lindsay c/o ASN Conference Fair
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Cornish College of the Arts
1000 Lenora St.
Seattle, WA  98121

Please mark the box:  ASN Summer Programs College Fair and list the name of your organization.