California State Summer School for the Arts

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Basic Information

Address: P.O.Box 1077 Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone Number: (916) 229-5160
Fax Number: (916) 229-5170
Program Director: Michael Fields

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Additional Information

Founded: 1987
Number of Students: 500
Student Body Type: High School
Grades: 9-12
Ages Accepted: 14-18
Session Start Date: 7/13/2013
Session End Date: 8/9/2013
School/Campus Setting:

Residential summer arts program held on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355.

Application Deadline: 2/28/2013
Diversity: CSSSA reflects the geographic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity of the State of California. Financial aid is available.
% of Faculty with Advanced Degree(s): 100%
Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:9
Pricing: $1550 in-state, $5,000 out of state/out of country
Mission Statement:

The mission of the California State Summer School for the Arts is to educate and empower the next generation of creative artists, innovators and arts leaders of California. Each summer, a select number of high school students of the visual, literary, performing and media arts are selected through a rigorous application process. They are provided with an intensive learning experience with distinguished arts professionals, designed to deepen the student's artistic skills and to expand their understanding of their identity as creative individuals.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

CSSSA values process over product. CSSSA is a transformative experience designed to move you in ways that will challenge your perceived boundaries.

School History:

Since 1987, CSSSA has offered an immersive summer experience for dedicated, motivated, committed students in the arts. Seven different disciplines are offered: Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, Film/Video, Animation and Creative Writing. Nearly 13,000 young artists have attended CSSSA over the years and are now making their mark as alumni in the arts, entertainment, nonprofit and business sectors. CSSSA provides an effective training ground, preparing students for college and career. Through CSSSA partners, students receive college credit, college scholarship opportunities and designation as California Arts Scholars, setting them apart from their peers. The CSSSA Foundation has provided over $4 million in financial aid scholarships for students, insuring that no qualified student is denied admission due to financial circumstances.

School Motto: CSSSA is possibility.
Additional Information:

 Students apply for the opportunity to study in one of the School's seven departments. They may receive 3 units of California State University elective credit for successful participation. 

  • Animation students explore the theories and techniques of animation in studio workshops conducted by leading artists in the field. Course work in two-dimensional animation, life drawing, movement and related subjects is augmented by visits from world-renown guest animators. Students attend screenings of animations that demonstrate the history and breadth of the art form.
  • Students in the Creative Writing Program receive individualized instruction in poetry, fiction, and scriptwriting. They work with an award-winning faculty in small groups and have opportunities to learn from visiting writers, literary agents, journalists, and poets. Students and faculty members share their work with the School community in weekly open readings and publish an anthology at the end of the session.
  • CSSSA's Dance Program provides a rigorous course of dance instruction. The curriculum includes intensive training in ballet, modern, and body conditioning mat technique; choreography; dance history; and jazz. Students have the option of taking classes in improvisation and modern repertory or Pointe and ballet repertory. 
  • Film/Video students receive instruction and experience in film and video production techniques. They work with Super-8 and 16-mm film and a variety of video media to create short works individually and in collaboration with other students. They attend film screenings and meet filmmakers and producers.
  • CSSSA's Music Program for vocalists, instrumentalists, and composers features classes and experiences in music history and theory, a mix of Western and non-Western chamber music, composition and improvisation, technology, collaboration with other art forms such as dance, theatre and animation and traditional instruction. Students receive private lessons and participate in student ensembles. The School presents a wide range of leading professional musicians in concerts and master classes.
  • The Theatre Program is an intensive acting course that emphasizes the development of physical and vocal awareness and control as essential elements of the actor's craft. Classes are held in tai chi chuan, acting, movement, voice, story, stage combat, physical comedy, stage acrobatics, and musical theater. There are special forums, workshops, and guest lecturers. Students perform works-in-progress throughout the summer.
  • CSSSA's Visual Arts Program offers studio classes in figure drawing, design, painting, digital media, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and photography. Guest artists and others give lectures on topics of importance to visual artists. Visiting artists conduct workshops, and students go on field trips to local museums and galleries.