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Summer and extracurricular arts programs for high school students

  • California College of the Arts Summer Pre-College Program

    California College of the Arts Summer Pre-College Program: A three week summer program for students who will have completed the 9th grade by summer 2014.  Take classes on the beautiful Oakland campus (walking distance from Rockridge BART) in art, architecture, design, creative writing and more in an intensive art school setting while earning 3 college credits. Scholarships available for qualified students.

  • Digital Media Academy

    Learn game development, music-production, filmmaking, programming and more this summer at prestigious universities. Ranked one of the Ten Best Summer Camps in the World, no other tech camps offer DMA’s unique experience. Teens can explore possible career paths, prepare for college, gain real-world skills and even earn Stanford Continuing Studies Credits.

  • Grammy in the Schools Camp

    Grammy in the Schools Camp for aspiring music industry professionals; hands-on career training, learn from industry experts, preformance and music business tracks (financial aid available). Deadline to apply is March 31.

  • Green Forest Art Studio summer camp

    Summer Art Camps runs in two half-day (morning & afternoon) and full-day sessions for children ages 5 to 18 years old.


    iD FILM ACADEMY | Teens (Ages 13-18) INTENSIVE, PRE-COLLEGE EXPERIENCE IN MOVIE MAKING, SPECIAL EFFECTS & PHOTOGRAPHY. Artistic types look no further—our intensive, pre-college program for teens 13-18 will immerse you in the vibrant world of visual arts. iD Film Academy is held on the prestigious campuses of Yale, UCLA, and UC Berkeley. You’ll put your creativity to use, work alongside our talented faculty, tour a big-name studio, and go on fun off-site excursions. The curriculum is intensive, but appropriate for beginner through advanced students. Graduate with a film or photography portfolio and the tools to excel in the field of visual arts. Meet new friends, and get a taste of the collegiate lifestyle.


    iD GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY | Teens (Ages 13-18) INTENSIVE, PRE-COLLEGE EXPERIENCE IN GAME DEVELOPMENT, GAME PROGRAMMING, GAME DESIGN, 3D MODELING & ANIMATION. So, you love video games? Have you considered what it would be like to create, code, design, and develop video games for a living? And do it at a top university location? Our intensive pre-college program for teens ages 13-18 will immerse you in the creative world of video game production. We’ll introduce you to industry professionals, take you on a tour of a local game studio, and show you how your passion for gaming can benefit you in college—and even turn into a career. All graduates leave the Academy with a gaming portfolio and the tools to excel in the rapidly expanding field of game development.

  • Merola Opera Program

    Each summer, San Francisco becomes a place where dreams come true for the young artists in the Merola Opera Program. Out of hundreds of young hopefuls who audition, approximately 23 singers, five apprentice coaches and one apprentice stage director are chosen to participate in the Program. Merola is dedicated to seeking out the finest young opera talent and helping them develop into professional artists of the highest caliber.

  • Museum Ambassadors at the de Young Museum in San Francisco

    This award-winning program trains high school students to give presentations and lead museum tours for elementary school classes and community groups. These teen educators provide a unique and interactive approach to learning about art. Museum Ambassadors—high school students trained as museum educators—will visit classrooms or community centers to introduce a special exhibition or a part of the permanent collection to younger students through an interactive activity that is done in small groups. During the summer, there is also an extensive art project.

  • sewnow! fashion studio

    Spend a fantastic week at sewnow! fashion studio learning fashion design and sewing!  We offer specialty camps as well as compressed camp versions of our optimized fashion design and sewing curriculum.

  • SF Art Institute Young Artist Program

    This three-week intensive summer program for artists ages 13 to 15 offers a fun and focused environment for exploring new techniques and developing artistic expertise. By studying at SFAI, students become part of a community of artists at one of the nation’s most prestigious schools of higher education in contemporary art. For 140 years, SFAI has been a magnet for adventurous, innovative thinkers, and it’s the perfect place to get your hands dirty, experiment, and express yourself. Classes take place in our historic and inspiring studios and are led by talented, experienced artists.

  • SF Ballet Summer Session

    Enjoy beautiful, cosmopolitan San Francisco and study at the home of one of the world’s most respected ballet companies and schools. Join San Francisco Ballet School for a unique and challenging program individually suited to address the technical and artistic needs for both intermediate and advanced/pre-professional students.

  • SF Film Society Young Filmmakers Camp

    This intensive film program is an opportunity for teens to learn from first-class film professionals in a fun, interactive, small-group environment. Aspiring filmmakers can enroll in the Starter Lab or the Advanced Lab—or take both for a full four weeks of total film immersion.

  • The California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA)

    The California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) is a rigorous pre-professional 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 Crucible: blacksmithing, flameworking, welding, jewelry making, and more

    FIRED UP spring and summer camps are fun, educational, kid-friendly settings to explore our fiery Crucible subject areas ranging from blacksmithing, flameworking to welding and jewelry making. Youth complete projects such as welded sculpture, glass tiles and mosaics, robots and gizmos, glass tube sculpture and more while learning basic rules of science, physics and chemistry.

  • Urban Adventure camps

    The Bay Area is full of fantastic art museums that are just waiting to inspire our campers.  From impressionism to modernism to cubism, we will visit it all.  Campers will see photographs, paintings, drawings, and even some sculpture. Days will be filled exploring art museums, strolling by outdoor murals and creating our own art, of course.  Each camper will receive a sketchbook to work in during the week and stops will be made en route to complete exciting and engaging art projects.

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