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CSU Summer Arts Polishes Students' Talents for Future Careers in Art

Christianne Salvador


Students performing on stage

​Photo courtesy of CSU Summer Arts.​


​​​​Calling all artists, dancers, writers and actors! CSU Summer Arts is back and is currently accepting applications for summer 2019.

Students from any CSU campus can master their craft with world-renowned artists in music, theatre, dance, media, creative writing, visual art and design. For two to four weeks in July, students will reside on the Fresno State campus to work side-by-side with industry professionals as well as faculty experts in their respective fields. The program is highly collaborative, leaving students fully transformed and polished for future careers in the arts.

“The experience catapults students' practice light years ahead of where they were when they began," says Samantha Fields, professor of art at CSUN and Summer Arts course coordinator. “Students emerge with a greater sense of purpose, a more sophisticated studio practice and a fuller understanding of what it takes to be a working contemporary artist."

Guest artists that will be teaching courses this year include the acclaimed Diavolo Dance Company, award-winning artist Daniel Keys and Hollywood industry veteran Hal Masonberg.

In addition to the courses at Fresno State, Summer Arts also offers study-abroad courses called Art in Place, where students can study their art at the geographical location where it originated and flourished. This summer, a course on classical guitar, called La Guitarra Española, will be held in Granada, Spain, and a course on Japanese ceramics will be taught in Echizen and Kyoto, Japan.

Summer Arts is an opportunity for pre-professional and master students to advance their talents while earning credits toward their degree. In support of Graduation Initiative 2025, students can earn up to six transferable units, allowing them to graduate in a timely manner. Seventy percent of students who participated in last year's Summer Arts applied their earned units toward a degree.

Scholarships are available to cover part or all of a student's enrollment fees. There is only one scholarship application form, and all applicants will be considered for the maximum amount of aid available to them. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of both financial need and talent. Every year, an average of 80 percent of Summer Arts students receive scholarships.

Since 1985, CSU Summer Arts has been nurturing the artistic talents of students from across the university. The high-impact program houses participants together, providing an immersive educational experience for two to four weeks. The program culminates with the annual CSU Summer Arts Festival, a celebratory event that's open to the public and showcases students' talents to hundreds of community members, students and parents.

Application deadline for CSU Summer Arts 2019 is between April 28 and May 13, depending on the course. For more information or to apply, visit