Calling all future musicians, actors/actresses, authors and artists! We’ve compiled a list of opportunities you can pursue this summer to boost your college applications while quarantined. These are great opportunities for you to highlight your passions and show that you stay motivated even during the summer.
CLASSES AND PROGRAMS
Many universities host programs for high schoolers centered around the arts. These are generally paid courses that give students a taste of college life. The following are some highlights that are still accepting applicants. If you have a specific dream school, we recommend looking on their website to see if they have a summer program that is still accepting applications.
RISD ADVANCED PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Deadline: July 20th
Description: RISD’s Advanced Program for High School Students is an intensive, collegiate-level program for students completing grades 9-12. This immersive online experience is designed for students who are interested in pursuing art and design in college.
NYU TISCH SUMMER HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM
Deadline: Unspecified (rolling)
Description: Tisch programs for high school students are a way for you to develop your talents and explore the possibilities of a career in the arts. We encourage creativity and self-expression while providing you with a foundation for collaboration. The rigorous, professional training you receive is an outgrowth of the undergraduate programs, offering you an immersive experience in emerging media and the performing and cinematic arts.
INTERLOCHEN SUMMER ARTS CAMP
Deadline: Unspecified (rolling)
Description: This summer, join the 2,500 students from all over the world who will come to Interlochen to study music, theatre, visual arts, creative writing, film and new media, and dance. Learn from amazing artists and educators and create with other students who share your passion for the arts.
COMPETITIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Competitions are a great resource to utilize, especially as most of them can be done in the comfort of your own home. They’re a way to stand out in admissions by highlighting your competitive strengths. Many competitions also have cash prizes, which will help you start saving up for college (or just treat yourself!). For even more opportunities we recommend checking out Scholarships.com.
Prize: Up To $10,000
Deadline: October 16th
Description: Each year, National YoungArts Foundation receives thousands of applications for its national competition that recognizes the most accomplished young artists across 10 disciplines (Classical Music, Dance, Design Arts, Film, Jazz, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice and Writing). YoungArts winners win cash awards up to $10,000, take master classes with notable artists, and become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Joining a 20,000-strong alumni community, they receive creative and professional development opportunities and connect with an extraordinarily rich network of peers.
Personal Note: I competed in YoungArts for writing my junior year of high school and cannot recommend the experience enough. It is highly competitive but highly rewarding. More than just a scholarship, winners become part of a larger artistic community and truly become better artists.
SCHOLASTIC ART AND WRITING
Prize: Up To $10,000
Deadline: Varies by region (sometime in the fall)
Description: Each year, the Scholastic Alliance partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) apply in 29 categories of art and writing.
OCEAN AWARENESS COMPETITION
Prize: Up To $1,500
Deadline: June 15th
Description: The 2020 Ocean Awareness Contest is a call for young artists, conservationists, makers, thinkers, and activists who are concerned about the future of our blue planet. Join thousands of youth around the world in our annual program that raises awareness about the climate crisis and potential solutions, uplifts youth voices for ocean conservation, and inspires hope and action through art, creative media, and storytelling. Submissions are accepted in Visual Art, Film, Music, Poetry, Prose, and Multimedia.
START A YOUTUBE CHANNEL, SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT, OR BLOG
Share your art with the world! If your art if visual, post it on social media or start a YouTube channel. If you write, start a blog. Show colleges you can take initiative by building an online community around your work.
TEACH YOUR SKILLS
With so many summer camps being cancelled, many parents are looking for ways to keep their kids engaged this summer. Consider hosting online classes for these kids and teaching your art to them.
FIGHTING THE PANDEMIC
With the global pandemic going on, there are many ways to spread hope and support through the arts. The UN is collecting art submissions that spread hope and people are making masks for their communities. You can also put on online plays and use art to spread awareness about best practices during these times to stay safe and healthy.
We hope you found something exciting for you on this list. If not, don’t worry! We will be coming out with more opportunities everyday this week, many of which intersect with art and music. You can also check out some of our other articles this week on summer opportunities here, here, here and here. If you don’t want to miss out, you can subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of this page!