FAA Summer Intensive

Painting Class, FAA Summer Intensive 2017, Photo by Natalie Fiol

June 23–29, 2019

At this immersive, weeklong program, each high school student selects one major and one minor. Current FAA faculty members, graduate students, and recent FAA graduates teach classes Monday through Friday. Participants also join in evening activities such as bowling, ice skating, sand volleyball, shopping on campus, swimming, scavenger hunts, and trips to Krannert Art Museum. The FAA Summer Intensive concludes with an open house showcasing all work for families and participants.

Apply by May 1, 2019, for full consideration

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  • Acting
  • Dance
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Graphic Design (Beginner)
  • Industrial Design
  • Painting


  • African Dance
  • Comic Art
  • Drawing
  • Fashion for Stage and Film
  • Graphic Design (Intermediate)
  • Improv
  • Jewelry Design (Metals)
  • Hip Hop

Students will participate in rigorous acting, voice and speech, movement, and scene study classes to learn the art of acting for the stage. During the program, teens will refine and perform audition pieces and theatrical scenes that will be showcased at the open house.

In this major, teens will join the faculty and students of one of the strongest and oldest dance programs in the country. Students will be immersed in intense technical training in modern dance and ballet. Additional styles such as jazz or capoeira (a Brazilian martial art/dance form) will also be woven into the curriculum. A challenging modern dance piece choreographed by a summer faculty member will be rehearsed during the week and performed at the open house.

This course is an introduction to a variety of computer-controlled fabrication processes such as laser cutting, waterjet cutting, CNC routing, and 3D printing. Students will take ideas from digital designs to physical objects while exploring a variety of materials and processes and experimenting with cutting-edge technologies.

Are you interested in graphic design but don't have much experience? Whether you make a poster for your favorite band or create a poster for a new unnamed movie, you'll learn basic design concepts using Adobe Illustrator. You'll learn about concepting, collaborative brainstorming, sketching, and prototyping by problem solving. Your final piece will be exhibited at the open house. Although experience with Adobe Illustrator is not required, basic computer knowledge is a must.

In this major, you'll learn about basic industrial design principles and design a product. You will have the opportunity to research, test your idea, and create a prototype for display at the open house.

Students will explore acrylic paint in its more traditional form as well as its not-so-traditional experimental uses. These will include working with gels and pastes and incorporating collage into a final mixed-media creation that will be shown at the open house. This is a great opportunity to create a portfolio-worthy piece!


Umfundalai (MA FOON DAH LAH) is a contemporary African dance technique that draws its movement vocabulary from dance traditions throughout the continent of Africa and its diaspora. Much like Katherine Dunham did with her technique, Kariamu Welsh, Umfundalai's progenitor, sought to develop a movement system that empowered choreography that emanated from an African American experience. Taught by Umfundalai's only male dance master, the class offers FAA Summer Intensive attendees an introduction to contemporary movement practices that emerged from the Black Arts Movement of the late 1960s. This minor is open to people at all dance levels, even those with no formal dance experience.

Do you enjoy drawing characters and creating stories of your own? In this course, you will combine drawing and short text.

In this minor, you will enhance your abilities in techniques such as shading, controlling tones, composition, and drawing methods. Bring a sketchbook! You will draw indoors and outdoors. If you want to learn more about the art of drawing and create an awesome portfolio piece, this class is for you!

Do you have a love for fashion? This class will introduce you to what it means to be a costume designer, and you'll work on your basic drawing and painting skills for a final rendering. The class will be held at the world-renowned Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

If you are already familiar with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop but want to learn more advanced techniques, try this class. You will investigate package design, wayfinding, and three-dimensional design within the context of multiple exercises. The goal is to get an overview of the variety of work that design encompasses. Your final piece will be exhibited at the open house.

Do you want to have some fun while improving your theatrical performance skills? Improvisation builds confidence and trains your brain for creative thinking. You'll learn techniques for thinking quickly on your feet through coaching, warm-up exercises, and creative performance.

Cast a ring and link a chain. In this jewelry and metals minor, students will make a cuttlefish mold to cast a silver ring and learn to fuse fine silver to make a flexible loop-in-loop chain. Completed projects will be displayed at the open house.

Hip-Hop dance technique will consist of the study and practice of Urban dance forms grounded in hip-hop culture. Students will explore the multiple dimensions of hip-hop dance as they train in the fundamentals of each form, learn its respective historical context, and access ways of incorporating individual ideas and lived experiences into their dancing.

Note: Majors and minors are subject to change. Course descriptions are also subject to change. Courses may have additional course fees or required supplies.

Other Features

On June 29, students will showcase their talents for visiting family members from 10 a.m. to noon.

Students are encouraged to bring their portfolios for informal feedback from Summer Intensive instructors and FAA faculty members.

Faculty and staff members from the School of Art and Design, Dance at Illinois, and Illinois Theatre will offer seminars focused on portfolio tips and audition preparation.

Current FAA faculty members, graduate students, and recent FAA graduates will teach all major and minor courses. These enthusiastic artists and educators are dedicated to providing a profoundly satisfying experience that represents what it's like to live, work, and study at FAA.

Housing and Meals

Students staying on campus during the FAA Summer Intensive will spend the week in shared rooms in University of Illinois residence halls. Each room is furnished with beds, desks, and dressers. Students must provide their own linens and will have access to laundry facilities. Housing is staffed and supervised by resident advisors and FAA Summer Intensive counselors. Resident advisors are currently enrolled University of Illinois students trained in community building, problem solving, and emergency procedures.

Those staying in the residence halls are automatically enrolled in a plan that includes three meals per day served in the dining halls. Commuter students are automatically enrolled in a Monday–Friday meal plan that includes lunch and dinner only plus dinner on Sunday.

A nightly room check of 10 p.m. is strictly enforced.


Program deposit with application: $50 (nonrefundable)

Residential program fee: $700 (includes instruction, housing, and meals)

Commuter program fee: $500 (includes instruction plus lunch and dinner Monday–Friday and dinner Sunday)

Course Supplies

Upon acceptance, each student will receive a course supply list. Supply costs range from $20 to $60 and vary by course.

Spending Money

Although it's not required, a student may appreciate having access to $50 in spending money for the week on campus. Teens especially enjoy shopping at the Illini Union Bookstore for Illinois attire.


Several scholarships will be awarded during the Discover FAA High School Competitions.


Students must have completed their freshman, sophomore, or junior year of high school by summer 2019. Teens at all ability levels are invited to apply.

Early application to the program is encouraged, as students are placed in majors and minors on a first-come, first-served basis. Although every effort will be made to assign applicants to their first or second choices, placements cannot be guaranteed.

1. The application deadline is May 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted after May 1 if space is available. The $50 application fee must accompany the application to secure space in classes.

2. Send an optional letter from a parent or guardian in support of a course supply scholarship by April 1, 2019, to kmartin2@illinois.edu.

3. International students must prove competency in the English language at the time of application by submitting TOEFL, TOEIC, or IELTS scores or a supporting letter from a school counselor or English teacher.

4. Applicants will be notified of their admission status on a rolling basis beginning in March 2019 and will be assigned to their majors and minors on a first-come, first-served basis.

5. Submit the program fee no later than May 1, 2019, unless otherwise approved. Any accepted student who has not paid the program fee by May 1 will be dropped from all courses. For convenience, fees may be paid in installments. Contact Kristi Martin-Hoss at kmartin2@illinois.edu to create a payment plan.

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Refund Policy

All withdrawals must be requested in writing. The postmark date or email date will be honored as the withdrawal date.

  • Withdrawal before May 1, 2019: 100 percent refund minus $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Withdrawal before May 31, 2019: 50 percent refund minus $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Withdrawal after May 31, 2019: No refund

If a student is asked to leave the program for violations of school policies or regulations, no refund will be issued.