Summer Arts courses take place on the CSU Monterey Bay campus, except for Drawing and Painting in Florence, which will be in Florence, Italy.

Earn 3 to 6 units of transferable undergraduate or graduate college credit!
More than 70% of our students receive scholarship assistance!
California residents can take up to six units for the same tuition dollars!

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Visual Art/Design

Drawing and Painting in Florence
Course Dates: June 12 to July 2, 2014
Coordinated by Andrew Dickson
Expand your artistic vision by immersing yourself in the art and culture of Italy, studying drawing and painting for three weeks in Florence. Learn in this amazing Renaissance setting under the guidance of master artists.
Guest artists include: Domenic Cretara and Marsha Steinberg.

Inventor’s Workshop: Sound + Sculpture
Course Dates: June 30 to July 13, 2014
Coordinated by Sheri Simons -
Make sculptures and environments come alive by exploring ways to integrate kinetics and sound into your designs. Take chances, work collaboratively, and gain new tools and skills to add to your studio practice. Learn directly from masters in the field.
Guest artists include: Trimpin, Sasha Leitman, and Michael Shiloh.

Typo/Graphic Design: The Art and Craft of Communication
Course Dates: June 30 to July 13, 2014
Coordinated by Arnold Holland -
Powerful typography makes mass communication visual and expressive. Join this workshop and expand your ability to integrate type and image into unique solutions to challenging problems.
Guest artists include: Thomas Detrie, Steff Geissbühler, and William Longhauser.

Photographic Storytelling with Light & Color
Course Dates: July 14 to July 27, 2014
Coordinated by Nicole Jean Hill -
Explore the narrative potential of photographs and cultivate the use of light and color, from the camera to the editing process to the final print. Create a visually sophisticated and professionally prepared portfolio under the guidance of nationally renowned artists and photography professionals.
Guest artists include: Holly Andres, Erika Gentry, Aline Smithson, and David H. Wells.


Dance Innovations: The Power of Transformative Movement
Course Dates: June 30 to July 13, 2014
Coordinated by Jane McKeever -
Learn to fly! Harness the transformative and non-traditional ground-based and aerial dance techniques from world-renowned dancers.
Guest artists include teachers from the Diavolo Institute and Lux Aeterna.

Connections: Lester Horton and Alvin Ailey
Course Dates: July 14 to July 27, 2014
Coordinated by Ray Tadio -
Immerse yourself in the athletically emotive Lester Horton technique as expressed through the artistry and spirit of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater repertoire.
Guest artists include: Sylvia Waters, Ana Marie Forsythe, and Elizabeth Roxas.


Drum Talk: Rhythms from Cuba and Brazil
Course Dates: June 30 to July 13, 2014
Coordinated by Umi Vaughan -
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!
Guest artists include: John Santos and Mario Pam of Ilê Aiyê.

Big Band Boot Camp
This class has been cancelled.


Understanding Your Character for Feature Animation
Course Dates: June 30 to July 13, 2014
Coordinated by Aubry Mintz -
Work with successful feature film animators and professional television/film/theatre actors to develop a strong character animation piece for your industry-ready reel.
Guest artists include Ryan Woodward, Rob Thompson, and Orlando Pabotoy.

Pre-Visualization for Film and Game
Course Dates: June 30 to July 13, 2014
Coordinated by Frank Pereira -
Work with industry professionals to visualize and design a film shot sequence or game cinematic using a motion capture system and your imagination.
Guest artists include: Nick Fredin, Jerry Zigounakis, and Mark Pullyblank.

Nickelodeon: An Overview from Development to Pitch
Course Dates: July 14 to July 27, 2014
Coordinated by Aubry Mintz -
Gain insight into how the creative merges with the business in the world of TV animation. Students will work collaboratively to develop a pitch bible and learn the basic production phases of a storyboard driven show. Guest speakers from Nickelodeon Animation Studio include show creators, directors, storyboard artists, and professional designers.

Sound Design in Entertainment Media: The Art of Making Noise
Course Dates: July 14 to July 27, 2014
Coordinated by Jane McKeever -
Work side-by-side with Academy Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning professionals as you discover the power of sound and learn how to harness it. Learn recording design, sound effects, Foley, ADR, dialog, and more!
Guest artists include: Cece Hall, Jeffrey Wilhoit, Brett Voss, and Philip G. Allen.

Editing for Film and Television
This course has been cancelled.


Broadway Boot Camp: From Sondheim to Glee
Course Dates: June 30 to July 13, 2014
Coordinated by Joanne Gordon -
Act, sing, and dance with seasoned Broadway and television professionals. Acquire the skills and make the contacts!
Guest artists include: Susan Egan, Roma Maffia, Alexandra Billings, Andre Garner, Brian Moe, and Jarod Phillip Sheahan.

Stage Combat: Unarmed and Small Arms Combat for Theatre and Film
Course Dates: July 14 to July 27, 2014
Coordinated by Terry Smith -
Learn the skills for the most commonly staged physical violence, from realistic to comedic to farce. A Society of American Fight Directors Certified Teacher will provide 30 hours of training allowing students to apply for Skills Proficiency Testing.
Guest artists include: Anthony Carreiro, Collin Bressie, Amie Root,and SAFD Certified Teacher Nate Mitchell.

The Michael Chekhov Acting Technique
Course Dates: July 14 to July 27, 2014
Coordinated by Hugh O’Gorman
Widely recognized as one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, and considered by Stanislavski to be his “most brilliant student,” Michael Chekhov developed his own psycho-physical approach to acting. The Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA) is the standard bearer of this work in the United States. MICHA, headed by Joanna Merlin will lead this life-changing workshop.
Guest artists include: Joanna Merlin, Jessica Cerullo, Fern Sloan, Ragnar Freidank, Marjo-Riikka Makela, and Craig Mathers.


Sketch Comedy Writing
Course Dates: June 30 to July 13, 2014
Coordinated by John Mayer -
Feel the frenzy of a comedy writer's room! Develop television and theatre scripts through improvisation fast and furiously for success!
Guest artists include: Amy Seeley, David Razowsky and James Grace.

Social Action Writing: Personal to Political, Words at Work
Course Dates: July 14 to July 27, 2014
Coordinated by Aimee Suzara -
Work with award-winning writers from around the country. Examine the roadblocks that create silence and learn how to remove them. Shape language into story, revelation, weapon, and healing.
Guest artists include: Kwame Dawes, Luis Rodriguez, Evelina Galang, and Sharon Bridgforth.