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UCLA Sci Art Lab+Studio Summer Institute 2022

Dates or Deadline: 
27 June 2022 to 22 July 2022
Organized by: 
UCLA Art|Sci Center
Los Angeles, CA
United States

In the highly competitive Sci|Art Studio + Lab, students are immersed in science and art practices to simultaneously develop and sharpen analytical and creative skills. This program prepares students for interdisciplinary thinking before they begin their undergraduate education.

During this intensive two-week program, students make connections between cutting-edge scientific research, popular culture, and contemporary arts. Through historical retrospectives, surveys of current art-science collaborations, and science fiction movie screenings, students are exposed to the interface of science, art, and culture with a focus on multidisciplinary collaborations.

Students will participate in person at UCLA, experiencing all that our campus has to offer during their summer program.

Housing- Optional

For participants in the Sci Art Lab + Studio Summer Institute, living in on-campus housing is optional. Students who wish to live in UCLA residence halls alongside other program participants may sign up for housing at the time of registration. The total cost for housing, which includes room, board (two meals per day), student supervision, and evening and weekend activities, is an additional $1,521.

For more information on UCLA housing precollege programs, please see the Housing for Minors page.


The Sci|Art Lab+Studio Summer Institute awards UCLA credit for the following coursework:

  • Design Media Arts 6 – Art/Science and Technology Studio/Laboratory (4 units)

The Sci|Art Lab+Studio Summer Institute exposes high school students to the scientific method and artistic processes as complementary tools for rethinking traditional models of exploration and innovation by making connections between scientific research, popular culture, and contemporary arts.

The program will include lab visits, workshops facilitating hands-on experiments, and lectures with world-renowned artists and scientists. Through engagement, students will be exposed to the work of scientists and artists that explore new forms of creative expression, communication, and collaboration within this multi-disciplinary field.

To foster academic development, students will develop an original concept for a collaborative final project under the challenge of ‘Imagine the Impossible’. Building off of course material and guided by the assistance and skill of the base SciArt Team, student groups will create and deliver a multimedia presentation to share their work and ideas during the program’s closing ceremony.


To apply for the Sci|Art Lab + Studio Summer Institute, students must be:

  • 14 years of age or older as of June 21, 2022
  • Enrolled in grades 8 – 12 during Spring 2022

Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be considered and are encouraged to explore other opportunities.


The program has application requirements for admission. Eligible applicants who successfully submit all requirements will be reviewed and notified via email of an admission decision within 3 weeks. See Application Requirements below for details. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Applicants are required to provide the following during the online registration process:

  • One 500-word essay from one of the following prompts:
    • Choose a favorite sci-fi movie or book and tell us what ideas you find exciting within it.
    • If you plan to pursue the sciences as a major in college, tell us about your art or music interests.
    • If you plan to pursue the arts as a major in college, tell us about your interest in science and technology.
  • Option letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor. Letters of recommendation can be submitted via email to artscicenter@gmail.com after online registration is complete.

Application for the Sci|Art Lab + Studio can be done conveniently online using the steps below.

  1. Access the Summer Institute Online Registration Form. Read all terms and conditions, then scroll to the bottom and “Continue to Registration”.
  2. Complete the first page of the online registration form by answering all mandatory questions, then, select “Continue” at the end of the first page.
  3. Provide responses to all questions on the second page of the online registration form, including your essay response (see Application Requirements above for more information)
  4. Submit your registration form.
  5. Once your form is submitted, you will be directed to the Retrieve Registration page. Select “File Uploads” if you wish to upload a letter of recommendation (see Application Requirements above for more information)
  6. Allow up to 2 weeks for the program instructor(s) to review your application. An email will be sent to you with the official decision.
  7. If accepted to the program, follow the steps in your acceptance email to make payment of the non-refundable registration fee ($350) and reserve your space in the program.

A space in the program is not reserved for you until valid payment of the non-refundable registration fee* is completed. Those who are not prepared to pay after program acceptance can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to make a payment, however, you risk losing a space in the program if the program reaches capacity prior to the ability to pay.

This fee is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins.

If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the wait list, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.

If registering after May 1, full payment of all fees including the non-refundable registration fee but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required to reserve your space in the program.

For questions and assistance, please contact us at info@summer.ucla.edu.

UCLA Summer Sessions Summer Scholars Support

Qualified students attending grades 8th – 11th in Spring 2022 in the state of California may be eligible for Summer Scholars Support, a need- and merit-based scholarship offered by the UCLA Summer Sessions Office. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available to support enrollment in SCIP/eSCIP, one Summer Course, or a Precollege Summer Institute.

Summer 2022 deadline to apply: April 1.

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