High School Summer Intensive

July 5–24, 2020

The VCUarts Pre-College Summer Intensive is an action-packed residency program for high school students offering exciting fine arts, design arts and performing arts instruction.

Learn more

Sculpture/Painting Summer Studio Program

This seven-week intensive program combines theory and practice through seminars, studio visits, artist lectures, critiques, professional development and intensive studio time.

This two-month residency is ideal for artists developing a portfolio for application to graduate school, as well as those interested in uninterrupted studio immersion with charged feedback inside a stimulating and supportive atmosphere.

Sponsored by the departments of Painting + Printmaking and Sculpture + Extended Media.

Learn More


Photography, Film + New Media Summer Studio Program

The Summer Studio Program in Photography, Film + New Media is an artistic residency that combines theory, practice and professional development over four weeks in Richmond, Virginia. This intensive, hands-on experience is ideal for artists developing a portfolio for graduate school, as well as those interested in studio immersion within a stimulating and affirmative environment.



Drawing For Your Portfolio

This hands-on, small studio course provides focused and structured drawing instruction as well as drawing portfolio advice. Appropriate for both introductory drawing students, and those with more experience, students work closely with a VCUarts faculty member to build their drawing skills. Still lifes and figure drawing will be explored, and participants will have the opportunity to get feedback on drawings they are considering for inclusion in their art school application portfolios. Students will come away with new skills, critique experience, portfolio recommendations, and a collection of finished drawings.


Students work on art projects using white fabric

Drawing Unplugged

This hands-on, not-for-credit, drawing course is designed to provide a focused and structured introduction to the tools and skills needed to draw. Working closely with an instructor and using live models, students will come away with finished portraits and figure drawings. This course is taught by the same faculty that teach our current students and takes place over five Saturdays in the summer.

Community members + rising high school seniors are welcome!


students drawing

Video Unplugged

This hands-on, not-for-credit, studio course provides a focused and structured introduction to the tools and skills needed to make video-based artwork and stop-motion animation. Equipment ranging from cell phones, DSLR cameras and green screens will be explored, as well as various editing software. Working closely with a VCUarts faculty member, students will come away with new time-based media skills, experience critiquing and discussing in-process work, as well as finished art pieces.


video illustration

Creative Arts Day Camp

The Art Education department offers this day camp for children in grades K- 9. Classes are divided by age, and three to four classes are offered each session. Classes are held on the VCU campus and are taught by undergraduate and graduate art education students.  The camp provides students with experience in a variety of media including sculpture, digital media, printmaking, painting, drawing, bookmaking, fibers and more.


creative arts students

Music Pre-college Programs

The Music department regularly hosts events for middle- and high-school students and their families.


 music students

Investigation NOW

This six-week contemporary art program is run by the Art Education department for 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grade students in the Richmond metropolitan area.


contemporary art students

Future Studio

The Sculpture + Extended Media department offers a free 10-week Saturday program that provides Richmond teens with hands-on art making experience.


future studio students