VCUarts is ranked #1 among public art schools by US News & World Report



July 9–28, 2017


The 2017 online application opens on December 16, 2016.


Students who have finished their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior years in high school, and are serious about improving their artistic abilities, developing portfolios, and/or learning how to audition for college admission.


All applicants must meet age requirements and demonstrate the desire and the motivation to complete this rigorous three-week program through their application materials. Students will be in class for six hours each weekday, and then participate in studio time to complete art projects or attend evening activities focused on enhancing their artistic knowledge. Ideal students will be focused, serious students who are passionate about participating in this challenging college curriculum. There are no portfolio requirements.


Students are encouraged to apply early since space in each major is limited. Applications are dated and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Incomplete applications are not processed until all missing documents are supplied, so be certain to include all attachments and signatures. If a student is ineligible for the program they will be notified soon after the application is received.


Don’t forget to download the supplemental forms, fill them out and mail them to us. These are required in order to complete your application. We cannot review your application until we have received all supplemental forms.


Students pick one area of study to concentrate on for the three weeks.

Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Incomplete applications are not processed until all missing parts are supplied. Be certain that you review and comply with the checklist at the end of the application, and include all of the information listed to ensure admission.

VCU attempts to satisfy as many requests as possible, but space is limited in this extremely competitive program. Applicants will be contacted if their first choice course is filled and be placed on a waiting list.


Applications are due March 31st: Please submit your application along with a non-refundable $50 application fee, and all supplemental forms. You will be notified of program acceptance by May 12th. You may make payments by check or credit card. Please make checks payable to Virginia Commonwealth University – School of the Arts.

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Incomplete applications will not be processed until all required components are received. Please mail all supplemental forms and checks to:

VCUarts Summer Arts Intensive
325 N. Harrison Street
Pollak Building, Room 212
P.O. Box 842519
Richmond, VA 23284


Contact: Ursula Woolman, Program Director
Phone: 1-866-534-3201 (toll-free)