One-Week Summer Intensives for High School Students

PAFA's one-week summer intensive courses are open to teens of all skill levels and backgrounds who have completed grades 8-12 and provide a valuable opportunity to develop and hone their skills under the guidance of stellar PAFA faculty.

Courses run for 1 week, Monday through Friday, starting at 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Students are eligible to take classes for an optional 1.0 college credit. Scholarships and optional residential services available (see below).  Summer High School Intensives are part of PAFA's Continuing Education (CE) Programs.

Summer 2020 registration opens February 14!

Register Online

2020 Course Offerings

June 22 - 26


  • Landscape Painting
  • Drawing I
  • Figure Sculpture
July 6 - 10
  • Painting I: Still Life
  • Illustration: The Art of the Concert Poster
July 13 - 17
  • Portrait Drawing and Painting
  • Photography

July 20 - 24

  • Drawing for Comics
  • Drawing II: Life Drawing*
July 27 - 31
  • Painting II: Figure Painting*
  • Watercolor
  • Printmaking
August 3 - 7**
  • Cast Drawing and Painting

* Denotes courses that utilize the nude model.
** No housing available August 3 - 7.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition $425 per week
May be taken for 1.0 undergraduate credit or non-credit

Additional lab fees may apply—see course descriptions.

How to Register

Registration for 2020 classes is OPEN.  Register for Summer High School Intensives online (above) or call (215) 972-7632. 

  • Upon registering, students will receive an online registration or email confirmation.
  • Please review the course Materials List and Continuing Education Policy Guide, which are attached to each online course description (coming soon) and will be emailed prior to each course start date. 
  • All students must submit a completed Parent-Guardian Information and Consent Form (Google Form, included on Materials Lists) before the first class in order to permit class participation and attendance on field trips.


  • Membership Discount
    PAFA Members at the Friend level and above receive a 10% tuition discount!  For more information and to join or upgrade your membership, view our online membership details or contact the Development Department at 215-972-2077.

  • Referral Discount
    Refer a first-time Continuing Education student, and you and the new student will receive a 10% discount on tuition for one class or workshop within the current semester (excludes Master Classes).  Call 215-972-7632 to register. 

Scholarship Opportunities

PAFA offers a limited number of full- and partial-scholarships for Pre-College One-Week Intensive Classes based on merit and need. The completed scholarship application will also serve as your registration form—no additional form required. 

Summer 2020 Scholarship Application Opens:  February 14
Summer 2020 Application Deadline:  June 5

Scholarship Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form via SlideRoom.

  • Teacher’s recommendation (be prepared to submit your teacher's/counselor's email address on the SlideRoom application)

  • Personal statement: 1–2 paragraphs explaining why you would like to attend pre-college classes at PAFA and why you are requesting scholarship assistance.

  • Portfolio of 5 digital images: Portfolios should consist of your strongest artwork and should include drawings or paintings from direct observation (as opposed to referencing photographs). Make sure the photos of your artwork are well-lit, not blurry, and show only the artwork (you may need to crop). A smartphone camera is typically sufficient.

How to Apply for Pre-College Scholarships

  • Go to SlideRoom.
  • "Login" to an already existing account, or “Sign Up” to make a SlideRoom account. SlideRoom is a free service.
  • If creating a new account, open the email that automatically will be sent to you and click on the activation link.  Log into your new account.
  • Select "CE Pre-College Scholarships - Summer 2020 One-Week Intensives" from the Directory (available by February 14). 
  • Complete the application form and upload your personal statement and portfolio images. 
  • Once all sections are completed, review and submit your application.  You can save an application in progress if you need to check or add information/images before submitting it.  Logout when finished. 


Once submitted, applications cannot be altered.  Be sure to make note of your SlideRoom login information:  In addition to logging in to complete an application in progress, you can use this account for future SlideRoom applications at PAFA and other participating institutions.

Scholarship Decisions

Scholarship results will be announced via email.  Partial scholarship awards require payment of the tuition balance due by June 21 in order to confirm scholarship acceptance and enrollment in the course.

Residential Housing

 Comprehensive residential services are available through Julian Krinsky Camps and Programs. Students can enjoy life on the beautiful University of Pennsylvania campus, and meet students in other summer programs. Residential services are optional. 

Residential Housing $1,250 per week

Amenities include:

  • Air-conditioned housing
  • Resident counselors
  • Transportation to/from PAFA
  • On-campus breakfast and dinner
  • Evening and weekend activities

After completing enrollment for PAFA one-week intensive courses, students requiring residential services must register separately through Julian Krinsky Camps and Programs and abide by their payment schedule and refund/cancellation policy. 

For more information about residential services, visit or call 866-TRY-JKCP (866-879-5527).


  • Housing Location:  University of Pennsylvania - Quad, 3700 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 (Students will be shuttled to/from PAFA for daily classes.)
  • Open to:  Ages 14 - 18 / grades 9 - 12
  • Available weekly sessions:  June 21 - August 1 (housing not available for Cast Drawing and Painting, August 3 - 7)
  • Session length: 7 days (Sunday - Saturday)
  • Housing tuition (in addition to PAFA's class tuition):  $1,250/week (PAFA's application waives the $100 application fee)
  • Housing application deadline:  Applicants must register no later than 4 weeks prior to their intended session start date.

How to Apply for Housing

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