Who may apply?
Students who have completed 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 are encouraged to apply.
Participants will meet students from across the country and around the world. In 2013 students attended the Intensive from 18 states/localities, and 4 foreign countries. Through working on common projects and sharing a living space strong bonds are formed among the participants. Many students have formed long-term friendships through the Intensive.
What is the typical daily schedule?
8:15 – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am – 12:15 pm Morning Learning Modules
12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 – 4:15 pm Afternoon Learning Modules
6:00 – 6:45 pm Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 pm Evening Modules
9:00 – 11 pm Social Activities in the dorm
12 am Room Check/Lights Out
The weekday Theatre schedule is:
“Acting for the Camera” 9 am – noon
Lunch noon – 1 pm
“Musical Theatre” 1:00 – 3:15 pm
“Stage Combat” 3:30 – 5:15 pm
“Make Up Design” 7 – 9 pm Dates to be announced.
*Adjustments may be made for program specific activities. The university reserves the right to change course content, schedules, or to make other changes deemed necessary or desirable.
What topics are included in the evening modules?
-Studio time to prepare work products to exhibit during our final day’s culminating event “Show Your Stuff.” “Show Your Stuff” will include activities such as art and photography exhibits, a Fashion Show, a performance by our Theatre students, screenings of student films, etc.
-Dance parties and concerts are also arranged for the students, as are field trips to area museums and restaurants.
**Note: All students are expected to attend all programs events unless the Program Director has written permission from the students’ parents or guardian prior to an event.
What are the faculty qualifications?
How large are the classes?
What is the residence hall like
Students will share a hall bathroom. Toilet paper and hand soap are provided.
Highly responsive security guards are on duty 24 hours per day to insure student safety.
Our team of rigorously trained residence hall counselors will live directly with their five assigned students, and will guide students to meals, classes, and all activities. The Head of Residence Life and three Senior Counselors will also be living on-site to carefully supervise students and be available for emergency response.
Room assignments will be made to place males and females on separate floors. These floors are accessed by separate elevators.
Coin-operated washers and dryers are available on each floor. Participants do their own laundry. The cost is $1.00 per load, and the machines only take quarters. There is a change machine located on the first floor of the residence hall.
The residence hall has a lounge for watching TV and movies, so students are encouraged to bring their favorite films with them.
The residence halls have soda, juice, water, and a variety of Nestle products such as chocolate milk available in vending machines located on the first floor. The cost for all beverages is $1.50. A variety of snacks are also available. The price ranges from $1.50 to $1.75.
There are no microwaves, refrigerators or televisions in the dorm rooms. Participants may bring these items if they wish. A cable TV hook up is available in each room. All residence halls are smoke-free. A housekeeping staff keeps all public areas clean, but students must clean their own rooms, i.e., wash their own sheets, towels and clothes, etc.
Who is accepted into the Intensive?
Program and Average GPA
-2D Portfolio Development (Drawing and Painting) 3.63
-2D/3D Portfolio Development (Drawing and Sculpture) 3.71
-Sequential Drawing and Comics 3.45
-Digital Filmmaking 3.34
-Digital Photography 3.63
-Fashion Design and Merchandising 3.52
-Graphic Design 3.67
OVERALL AVERAGE GPA for the 2015 Intensive Students = 3.58
Who should I have complete my “Teacher Recommendation”?
What should I bring?
- Comfortable walking shoes – We will be doing a good deal of walking around campus to and from meals, classes, etc.
- Linens for a regular sized single bed (80” long)
- A pillow and pillow case
- Blanket and/or bedspread
- Umbrella and/or raincoat
- Towels and a wash cloth
- Shower shoes
- Alarm clock
- Bedside lamp (halogen lamps are not allowed)
- Hangers for your clothes
- Floor fans (although all rooms are air conditioned)
- Personal medications
- Laundry detergent and change for the machines
- Hand laundry soap in case you would like to wash something and hang it to dry while you are in class.
- Change for vending machines
- Cell phone or a phone card
- Band-Aids in case you get a blister. Students will be doing a good deal of walking around the campus.
- A deck of playing cards, video and board games and movies you enjoy.
- A small amount of cash in case you want to stop by the coffee shop, VCU’s Bookstore, buy snacks, order a pizza, buy souvenirs, etc.
Program specific lists of what to bring will be sent out to all accepted students in May.
Special Note: VCU will not assume responsibility for any lost or damaged items, therefore recommends that no valuable items such as jewelry be brought to campus. Students are encouraged to bring a debit card and a small amount of cash for personal expenses, art supplies and snacks while on campus.
Prohibited items include:
- Firearms, weapons of any kind and “look alike” weapons
- Open flames such as candles or incense
- Hot plates for cooking in your room
- Window fans
- Alcohol or illegal drugs – We have a zero tolerance policy regarding the use of illicit substances, and students who violate this rule will be immediately dismissed from the program.
A breach in any of the rules listed on this site may result in student expulsion without a refund.
Where will participants eat?
Will my son/daughter be safe?
Participants were asked on their program evaluations to rate how safe they felt while on campus. The rating scale ranged from 1 which meant “Totally Safe” to 4 which meant “Completely Unsafe.” The students’ average rating was 1.1 which was very close to “Totally Safe”.
Entrance to the residence hall requires an electronic key card and passage by a security desk that is staffed by security guards around the clock. The front door is the only way to enter and exit the building. The VCU Police monitor dorm access and exit according to student card key swipes. Students found entering or exiting the building after curfew will be dismissed from the program immediately.
How will roommates be assigned?
All other residential students will complete and return a roommate preference form. These preferences will be used to match roommates. Students will be placed in rooms with members of the same sex who are taking the same course of study, and have similar preferences.
When should I plan to arrive?
Those arriving via automobile, please park your car briefly (just long enough to unload) in front of the residence hall. Then move your car to make way for others. Parents may stay long enough to get students settled in their rooms, and then they are free to leave. The picnic and orientation session are strictly for the participants.
Your counselor will greet you and later escort you on a campus tour and then to dinner. Sunday evening all students will have a mandatory orientation session at 6 pm.
Will someone pick up my son or daughter from the airport, train or bus station? We will be happy to transport arriving students from the Richmond airport, train or bus stations. Once students are admitted to the program they will receive a travel form so they can alert the VCUarts Summer Intensive staff of their arrival times, and we will schedule pick up times accordingly. This service is provided free of charge to make student arrival stress-free.
When is check-out time? Students will check out of the residence hall on Friday, July 27th between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm. Counselors will transport students who request this service to the airport, train or bus station for their journeys home.
Is there a fee if I lose my room key?
Are there any scholarships available for the VCUarts Summer Intensive?
Some students are getting part-time jobs to help out with tuition. Others are asking their grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. to give them money for birthdays and holidays so they can use the money to attend the program. Some students are checking with local community organizations such as the Rotary, Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Arts Council, etc. to see if they have scholarship money available.
When should students apply? 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.
Returned Check Fee:
What do participants do on the weekends?
Are there art supply stores close to campus?
What is the weather like in Richmond during July?
The academic spaces and residence halls are air conditioned so warmer attire, such as a sweater or jacket, is recommended.
Who are the counselors? Counselors are upper-level undergraduates, graduate students or teachers who have completed a rigorous application procedure, provide references, and pass a background check. The Counselors complete an extensive training program prior to the Summer Intensive.
Once the student is on site, refunds will not be made if the student chooses to leave early, becomes homesick, or is expelled for disciplinary reasons.
What are the deadlines for applying to the programs?
May 13, 2016: Your $300 deposit to hold your place in the Intensive is due. Students are not guaranteed a space in the program until this deposit has been received.
June 3, 2016: The tuition balance is due. Any tuition or fees not paid by June 4th will result in a loss of enrollment.
What is Richmond, Virginia like?
Richmond offers easy access to the ocean, mountains, Washington, DC, and Williamsburg, VA. It also offers trendy boutiques and restaurants, outdoor pursuits among one of the nation’s largest river park systems, and a treasure trove of historic landmarks provide fun times galore.
VCU contributes greatly to the culture and entertainment of the city with collegiate athletics as well as dance, music and theatre performances by VCU School of the Arts students. Richmond life is also enhanced by a number of professional sports teams, professional theatre companies, the Richmond Ballet, Richmond Symphony, Virginia Opera, and a rich selection of museums and historical sites.