Community Programs

The School of Creative Arts (SOCA) offers a variety of community and summer programs for children and adults.

For additional information, please call 260.399.8064.

Pre-College Summer Academies

The mission of the Summer Art Academies is to provide meaningful training in the arts, support students in their portfolio development and increase the number of area teenagers who enter college with the necessary skills to compete for college scholarships.

Music Technology

The University of Saint Francis will host a High School Music Technology Summer Academy for students in grades 9-12, featuring four different themed days. Students may elect to sign up for as many daily sessions as they choose. Each session costs $30 and will run from 1 to 4 p.m. starting on June 18.

Working Inside the Recording Studio – Monday, June 18
Become familiar with the recording studio and learn how to make sure you are getting the best out of your recordings.

Working with Film and TV – Tuesday, June 19
Learn how sound effects, Foley and ADR are created within film and TV. Students will create their own dialogue, sound effects and Foley effects inside of a film/TV. Students will have a hands-on experience learning how this process happens in television and film.

Music Production – Wednesday, June 20
Spend a day learning modern music production techniques. Students will work with industry tools and learn how they can create music in different genres and the tips and tricks professionals use.

Applied Techniques – Thursday, June 21
This session is the culminating experience from the entire week. Students will work in the studios and learn how all the individual pieces of a recording studio, post production studio and music production come together in a hands-on experience that will have students working with state-of-the-art equipment and industry tools.

The academy will be held in the Music Technology Center, next to the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W Berry Street.

For more information, contact SOCA at 260.399.8064.

Visual Arts

The Pre-College Summer Visual Arts Academy offers high school students the opportunity to study the visual arts, work with professional artists, visit museums and develop professional portfolios for college entrance and scholarship applications. The program is highly structured and students will choose two courses (morning and afternoon sessions) from a variety of 2-D and 3-D media. This intense, three-week course runs every July, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Mimi & Ian Rolland Art & Visual Communication Center off Leesburg Road. Supplies are provided.

For a registration form or additional information, contact SOCA at 260.399.8064.

High School Workshops

SOCA offers workshops to regional high school art, music and communication students and teachers. The workshops are held once a semester. Each student will participate in one workshop with a full-time faculty member, followed by a portfolio review or music audition for interested individuals.

Saturday Morning Art

Saturday Morning Art classes are offered to first through eighth grade students in six week sessions. Each session is held for six Saturdays from 9am-11am. Grades are divided and capped at 20 students each. Classes are taught by senior Art Education majors.

Depending on the session students will work with 2-D Projects (Drawing and Painting), and  3D Projects (Ceramics and Sculpture). The cost of the program covers all instructional fees as well as supplies.

For more information, a registration form, or to be added to our mailing list please call 260.399.8064

Art in the Morning

Art in the Morning is a three-week summer youth art program for first through eighth graders, offered by SOCA. Classes are offered over three weeks in July, Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Mimi & Ian Rolland Art & Visual Communication Center on Leesburg Road. Area art teachers and Art Education majors will instruct children in drawing, painting, printmaking, multimedia and ceramics.

The cost includes all art materials, instructional fees and a daily snack.

For more information, call 260.399.8064.