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Purchase (Westchester), NY - SUNY Purchase College
SUNY Purchase College Precollege Programs in the Arts- COMMUTER
Filmmaking, Visual Arts, Journalism, Photography, Video Game/App Design, Acting, Vocal, Songwriting, Creative Writing, Architecture, STEM, Theatre Design

For passionate high school artists (grades 9-12 unless otherwise noted) and those planning to pursue the arts on the college level. Portfolio/performance building opportunities and audition training techniques. Earn certification letters based upon participation and attendance. Schedules allow for more than one art form. Participate in a performance, exhibition, or publication for friends and family.
2018 Programs
STEM Scholars: Art Forensics (Grades 9-12)
June 25 – July 6. Monday-Friday. 9am-5pm. $1,260/$1,135 (discounted tuition) Join members of the Purchase College faculty in small-group, research-based projects and coursework on campus. Develop methodologies for determining the composition of oil paints after they have been applied to a stretched canvas. The resulting methodologies will be used to detect fakes and frauds in the art market.
UPDATED! STEM Scholars: Mars Mapping (Grades 9-12)
July 9 – 20. Monday-Friday. 9am-5pm. $1,400/$1,260 (discounted tuition) Join members of the Purchase College faculty in small-group, research-based projects and coursework on campus. Develop original hypotheses about geological and climate processes on Mars, and evaluate and test those hypotheses through the analysis of imagery available from the various orbiters that are currently exploring Mars.
UPDATED! STEM Scholars: Food Science (Grades 9-12)
July 23 – August 3. Monday-Friday. 9am-5pm. $1,400/$1,260 (discounted tuition) Join members of the Purchase College faculty in small-group, research-based projects and coursework on campus. Determine “hidden” lactose levels in non-dairy foods. Use a series of enzymatic reactions and fluorescence detection in a microplate reader to measure levels of “hidden” lactose in nondairy foods such as bread, confections, and dry baking mixes to help alleviate this issue.
Architecture Intensive (Grades 9-12)
July 22 – August 3. Monday-Friday. 9:30am-3:30pm. $1,200/$1,080 (discounted tuition) Design, draft, and model a structure or space of your choosing during studio work sessions. Learn how to manipulate space, materials, and style through exercises that focus on drawing and thinking and through demonstrations of the properties of assorted materials. Draw and use architectural tools and techniques that are presented. Learn to translate your drawings into computer models in daily basic AutoCAD workshops. Use your architectural drawings to construct a model of your unique architectural design.
Songwriting Workshop (Grades 9-12)
June 25 – July 6. Monday-Friday. 9:30am-3:30pm. $1,100/$990 (discounted tuition) Develop your ability to write, record, perform, and promote your own songs! Receive instruction on piano and/or guitar, lyric writing, music theory and arranging. Learn to use Pro-Tools and Garage Band. Receive a DVD of the concert!
Acting Intensive (Grades 9-12)
June 25 - July 20. Monday-Friday. 9:30am-3:30pm. $2,100/$1,890 (discounted tuition) Ranked as a Top 15 Precollege Summer Theater Program by backstage! Learn important acting practices of modern theater through scene work by developing the skills of building acting practices of modern theater through scene work by developing the skills of building characters, playing objectives, and expressing interior emotions physically and vocally. Perfect for beginners and advanced actors alike. Receive a DVD of the final performance!
Filmmaking Institute (Grades 9-12)
June 25-July 20. Monday-Friday. 9:30am-3:30pm. $2,100/$1,890 (discounted tuition) Bring your video camera! Advance your knowledge of visual storytelling. Write, direct, and act in original movies. Produce work that may be used in the college application process. Edit using professional software. View your film at the final screening and receive a recording of your movie!
Musical Theatre Bootcamp (Grades 9-12)
July 30-August 3. Monday-Friday, 9am-5:30pm. $890/$800 (discounted tuition) Improve your musical theatre technique and gain confidence and a stronger understanding of the audition process for musical theatre and the many paths to performance! Identify the multitude of character “types” in musical theatre, which will help you choose, prepare, and practice a variety of audition materials. Receive daily instruction in acting, voice, and dance.
Acting On Camera Bootcamp (Grades 9-12)
July 23-August 27. Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm. $890/$800 (discounted tuition) Through daily on-camera work, learn to perform for the camera and gain an awareness of how the camera affects your performance. Discover how TV/film auditions differ from stage auditions and what to expect and how to prepare for them. Investigate the many pathways to performance in film/TV work. The skills you study in Acting for the Camera will support your work in any theatrical medium!
NEW! Advanced 3D Game Design with Unity (Grades 9-12)
June 25-July 6. Monday-Friday. 9:30am-3:30pm. $1,100/$990 (discounted tuition) With Unity, an industry grade design software, aspiring game designers will learn level editing, 3D modeling, intermediate event scripting, and the impact of game play on user experience. Next, go well beyond the limitations of the traditional 2D game design classes and create an immersive 3D world learning the physics behind 3D games, exploring beginner event scripting, level design, controlling the flow of gameplay, and storytelling.
NEW! Code your Own Adventure and Drone Quest (Grades 9-12)
July 9-July 20. Monday-Friday. 9:30am-3:30pm. $1,200/$1,080 (discounted tuition) Learn how to create your own text-based adventure games with variables, conditional logic, images, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Also, in this hands on, interactive class you will learn how to fly and drive drone robots. Working in teams you will be able to code your drone to compete in missions that will prepare you for the ultimate team challenge!
NEW! Create an App and Virtual World (Grades 9-12)
July 23 – August 3. Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm. $1,200/$1,080 (discounted tuition) Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your own game app! Using a specialized app & game development tool, explore the world of web-based (HTML5) mobile apps. Learn the basics of mobile app design and game development and understand how the world of App publishing functions. Next, learn the foundations of VR design by creating your own virtual worlds, exploring simulated environments, and crafting memorable 3D experiences in this cutting edge environment
Modern Journalism (Grades 9-12)
June 25 - July 6. Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm. $1,100/$990 (discounted tuition) Channel your passion for the news, storytelling, and communicating! Improve your journalism skills and begin to understand how to report in depth and write clear and concise stories that capture an audience’s attention. Embrace multimedia journalism (video, photography, and social media platforms), and also learn to use professional editing software (Final Cut Pro, Adobe), sound recorders, and lighting equipment to properly prepare your photos and video for blogs, broadcast, or print. Delve into journalism’s role and responsibilities in society and its legal and ethical concerns.
Creative Writing Workshop (Grades 9-12)
July 23 - August 3. Monday-Friday. 9:30am-3:30pm. $1,200/$1,080 (discounted tuition) Create and share original work in a workshop-style format focusing on voice, character, tone, plot, and point of view. Produce polished pieces for COLLEGE ESSAYS and/or award submissions.
UPDATED! Vocal Intensive (Grades 9-12)
July 9 – July 20. Monday-Friday. 9:30am-3:30pm. $1,200/$1,080 (discounted tuition) Learn to unlock the full potential of your voice through choral and solo training. Pursue an in- depth study of vocal skills and concepts as well as music theory. Receive a DVD of the final performance.
26th Annual Visual Arts Institute (Grades 10-12)
July 9-August 3. Monday-Friday. 9:30am-3:30pm. $2,300/$2,070 (discounted tuition) Attend master workshops in drawing & painting and sculpture and an elective of your choice. Learn how to develop your portfolio and document your work. Display your work in the exhibition!

Early Drop-Off & Extended Day Options starting at 8am & ending at 5:30pm!
SAVE 10% when you pay in full by the early registration deadline, May 4, 2018

Click here for Open House Information- April 21, 2018.

Summer Youth and Precollege Programs in the Arts
SUNY Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577-1400
Telephone:   (914) 251-6500
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