Immerse yourself in a one-week, college-level program and become part of a creative community of talented and serious artists from diverse backgrounds. The FAA Summer Intensive provides a perfect platform for high school students to learn about careers in the arts, create strong portfolio pieces, and get a true taste of college life. The broad curriculum allows students to choose one track to focus on for the week: Acting Track, Dance Intensive Track, Design Track, Environmental Arts Track, Studio Arts Track, and Theatre Tech and Design Track. Whether you want to hone an existing talent or sample new options, the FAA Summer Intensive has something for you. The summer 2020 program has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more.
Join other talented high school students to explore creativity, build valuable skills, and become immersed in the arts at our summer programs.
Discover Architecture introduces high school students to how architecture shapes a sustainably built environment through hands-on studio exercises in drawing, graphics, and modeling. During the two-week program, students explore the architectural design process and learn how architects, as creative professionals, must be environmentally responsible designers. Students who participate in Discover Architecture experience a university atmosphere complete with campus living, faculty lectures, and studio work. Read more about this program.
For more than 60 years, Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM) has helped young musicians improve their artistry, strengthen their self-confidence, and embark on professional careers. Junior and senior high school students perform with large band, orchestra, chorus, and jazz ensembles or attend intensive, specialized instrumental programs. Students return home with newly developed skills, a lifelong sense of discipline, and in-depth training. All 2020 programs have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about ISYM.