In 2017, all Summer Arts courses will take place on the Fresno State campus, except for La Guitarra Española, which will take place in Granada, Spain, and Acting Irish Theatre in Dublin, which will take place in Dublin, Ireland.

Earn 3 to 6 units of transferable undergraduate or graduate college credit!
Almost 80% of our students receive scholarship assistance!
California residents can take up to six units for the same tuition dollars!

More Information? Email the course Coordinator directly or summerarts@calstate.edu

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Visual Art/Design

Landmarks: Photographed Ciphers of Time and Place
COURSE DATES: June 26 to July 9, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
Transform your portfolio under the guidance of internationally-celebrated photographers. Learn about making, exhibiting, and publishing photographs.

Prototype to Product: Design and Entrepreneurship
COURSE DATES: June 26 to July 9, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
Develop and prototype innovative ideas with the goal of seeing your products come to market under the guidance of experienced designer-entrepreneurs.

Visual Storytelling: The Art & Craft of the Graphic Novel
COURSE DATES: July 10 to July 23, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
Learn everything you need to know to artfully create and execute a compelling graphic novel.

Printmaking and Installation: Out of the Matrix
COURSE DATES: July 10 to July 23, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
Work with the hottest contemporary printmakers to create printmaking-based installations and wearable art.

Dance

Urban Bush Women Dance: Fierce, Fabulous, and on Fire
COURSE DATES: July 10 to July 23, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
The bold and athletic dancing of the Urban Bush Women is dedicated to empowerment, social justice, truth-telling, and stories. Be challenged physically, mentally, and spiritually.

CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater: Moving Bodies, Owning the Floor
COURSE DATES: June 26 to July 9, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
This course is a total hybridization of dance, theatre, and music, all working together to reach out and take hold of people's hearts.

Music

Chamber Music for Strings and Piano
COURSE DATES: June 26 to July 9, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
Learn, practice, rehearse, and perform chamber music in small ensembles and side-by-side with world-class professionals.

Latin Jazz: Beyond the Clave
COURSE DATES: June 26 to July 9, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
Unravel the mysteries of Afro-Caribbean rhythms as you work side-by-side with some of the world's leading performers and teachers of Latin jazz.

Drum Talk: Rhythms from Cuba and Brazil
COURSE DATES: July 10 to July 23, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
Learn and perform a range of music styles from Cuba and Brazil: including sacred rhythms of Candomblé and Santería, samba, baião, maracatú, bembé, rumba, comparsa, and more!

La Guitarra Española
COURSE DATES: July 27 to August 17, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2017
Hone your technique and deepen your appreciation and understanding of the Spanish guitar by spending three weeks in Granada, Spain with some of the world’s greatest players.

Media

Expanded Cinematography in the New Age
COURSE DATES: June 26 to July 9, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
Explore the esthetics and techniques of cinematography in expanded digital and virtual realms in contemporary film production.

Animating a Short Film with Nimble Collective
COURSE DATES: July 10 to July 23, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
Under the guidance of industry pioneers from Nimble Collective (DreamWorks, Weta, Pixar), you will create an original, CG-animated short!

Video Game Development Studio
COURSE DATES: June 26 to July 9, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
Work as part of a team to develop a video game and experience a real-world game development environment.

Video Projection Mapping in 3D Space
COURSE DATES: July 10 to July 23, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
Learn cutting-edge 3D video projection mapping techniques from Belgian video artist Yannick Jacquet with a focus on chemiluminescence and bioluminescent organisms.

Theatre

Acting for the Camera: The Reel Experience
COURSE DATES: July 10 to July 23, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
Work with Los Angeles-based masters to hone your on-camera skills and to create a high-quality, agent-ready demo reel of your acting.

Musical Theatre: Actor, Music, and Lyrics
COURSE DATES: July 10 to July 23, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
Work one-on-one with Broadway music directors to bring your musical theatre storytelling skills to the next level.

The Voice Actor’s Ultimate Tool Kit
COURSE DATES: June 26 to July 9, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
Take the plunge into voice-over with techniques in recording, demo reel creation, casting, and more!

Acting Irish Theatre in Dublin
COURSE DATES: July 19 to August 8, 2017
THIS CLASS IS CLOSED, AND IS NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.
Expand, explore, and deepen your awareness of Irish theatre at Irelands's premiere actor training conservatory in the heart of Dublin.

Writing

Hybrid Poetics and Narratives
COURSE DATES: June 26 to July 9, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
Mingle images and texts to break open narrative desires.

Visual Storytelling: The Art & Craft of the Graphic Novel
COURSE DATES: July 10 to July 23, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
Learn everything you need to know to artfully create and execute a compelling graphic novel.

Sexuality and Love in Creative Writing
COURSE DATES: July 10 to July 23, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2017
Learn how to tell stories about sex - coming-of-age tales, sexuality of aging, marginal sexualities, and more - and also how to tell the story of love.