Columbia College Chicago

Summer

Summer is a great time to get creative! In addition to our usual assortment of classes, our intensive programs are a fun way to experience the arts this summer. From the three-week Summer at Columbia for teens to the Summer Arts and Media Camp and our Suzuki Summer String Camp, there's something for all young creatives!

Summer at Columbia

Ages 15-18

July 10-28, 2017

For complete information about the 2017 Summer at Columbia Program, please visit the Summer at Columbia webpage at learn.colum.edu/summer


Bring Your Talent to the Next Level

Columbia College Chicago's pre-collegiate Summer at Columbia program is an intensive three-week program offering college-level courses specifically tailored for high school students interested in exploring the arts, media and communications fields.

Our courses are uniquely designed by Columbia faculty to challenge you to explore your creative ideas and develop the technical skills to bring them to life, all while earning college credit that can be used towards your major should you attend Columbia College Chicago in the future. From the very first day of class, you'll get hands-on experience in the creative field of your choice and get a feel for what it's like to pursue your passion on a campus in the heart of downtown Chicago.

Admission to the Summer at Columbia Commuter Program is open to students who will have completed at least one year of high school by summer 2017 and have not yet started college. The on-campus Residential Immersion Program is limited to high school students who have completed at least two years of high school by summer 2017 and have not yet started college.

Why Choose Columbia?

Columbia College Chicago is an arts and media-focused college dedicated to rigorous academics, hands-on learning, collaboration and career preparation. We encourage students to take creative risks, develop their authentic voices and author the culture of their time.

Columbia gives you the opportunity to practice and perfect your craft from day one while grounding you in a liberal arts curriculum. Our location in Chicago— one of the most vibrant, forward-thinking cities in the world— provides you with access to an array of cultural and professional experiences, and our award-winning faculty of working professionals prepare you for successful careers in your field.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

For over 30 years, Columbia College Chicago has been a destination for high school summer learning.

Since 1982, thousands of high school students from across the country and around the world have studied on Columbia's campus. Our Summer at Columbia program immerses high school students in an urban college setting by providing access to accredited college courses during a three-week intensive that is open to commuters as well as students wishing to live on campus.


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Summer Arts and Media Camp

Ages 6-15
For complete information about the 2017 Summer Arts and Media Camp, please visit the camp website at summer.colum.edu.

The Summer Arts and Media Camp at Columbia College Chicago is a unique and urban camp program for young creatives. Featuring small class sizes and multiple opportunities for collaboration, the camp invites exploration in the fine, performing and media arts.

Campers will have access to Columbia's state-of-the-art equipment in our campus classrooms, theaters, galleries and workshop spaces as they learn from a diverse variety of experienced teachers and counselors in a safe and exciting urban campus environment, located in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. 

Session 1: June 26-July 21, 2017

Session 2: July 24-August 18, 2017

(Please note that our spring term print schedule incorrectly listed the dates of the camp as being one week earlier. The corrected dates are listed above. We apologize for any confusion.)

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Summer Arts Garden

Ages 4-5

Summer Arts Garden is series of week-long, half-day creative experiences for children aged 4-5 on the Columbia College Chicago campus. In a safe and nurturing environment, your child will make new friends while spending a week exploring their creative side in the areas of music, dance, art or theatre. Children can enroll in as many camps as they wish. At the end of each session, parents and caregivers are invited to a show-and-share that celebrates the children's creative discoveries.

Tuition: $225
Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm


Sea Creature Crafts

July 17-21, 2017

During this week-long adventure campers will explore creatures of the sea through mixed media art. We’ll draw, paint, collage and sculpt gigantic whales, tiny seahorses, and lots more sea life in between! We’ll play games and tell stories as we learn how our sea friends look, locomote and live. We’ll create jiggly jellyfish, prickly starfish, and inky octopi while learning about texture, color, and shape. And most of all, we’ll have fun! The week will end with a culmination art exhibit on Friday to share with families and friends.


Super Dance Heroes

July 24-28, 2017

Harness your super powers, kids! Dancers will leap, twirl, and bound through superhero-themed stories and songs. We’ll play dance games to learn creative movement elements such as rhythm, shape, and bravery. We’ll establish our own superhero identities and make our own capes to use in the super showcase performance for friends and family at the end of the week. No experience is necessary to participate, but comfortable clothing is required.


Super Slow Super Sloths – An Original Musical

July 31-August 4, 2017

Mama sloth is looking green. Greener than we've ever seen...what could it mean? Does quetzal know? What about tree frog? During this week of song and movement, campers will delight in an early childhood summer stock theater experience, complete with designing their own set and costumes. Participants will learn basic musical theater and improvisation skills in a relaxed, playful environment, topping off their week of camp with a short performance.


Sing, Write, n' Strum!

August 7-11, 2017

The ukulele is a fun instrument for little strummers, and a week is the perfect amount of time to begin learning how to play. In this class, we’ll sing songs, play musical games, and learn about all the beautiful sounds the ukulele can make. We will even write our own group songs to share! No experience is necessary to participate, and each child will take care of her/his very own ukulele. You can purchase an ukulele in the color of your choice or bring your own. At the end of the camp, students will participate in a concert to show friends and family what they’ve learned.

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Suzuki Summer String Camp

Ages 4-15

July 10-14, 2017, 9:00 am-3:30 pm*

*Students ages 4-5 have the option to participate in a half day option, from 9:00 am–12:00 pm.

The Suzuki Summer String Camp, now in its seventh year, is proud to offer fun and innovative classes that will keep your child motivated and engaged in summer study. Our course offerings for violin, viola and cello are built around the Suzuki method, and will give your child the opportunity to broaden and deepen their musical knowledge. Students must have at least 6 months of previous study on their instrument. 

Camp Structure

Classes for ages 4-12:

  • Semi-private lesson: Students will be grouped by age and level into a small group of 3 - 4 participants. Each student will get a mini-lesson with our experienced instructors, and have the opportunity to work on their solo repertoire. This is a great opportunity for students to learn from one another. Some students may be selected to perform a solo at our end-of-camp recital.
  • Large group lesson: Students will be grouped together by repertoire and work on pre-determined Suzuki pieces to perform at our end-of-camp recital.
  • Eurhythmics: A fun and active class that teaches an understanding of music's fundamental concepts, expressive meanings, and deep connections to other arts and activities. Students benefit from this approach which incorporates rhythmic movement, aural training and improvisation.
  • Orchestra: Intermediate level students will improve sight reading and ensemble skills in this fun group setting.
  • Violin fiddlers: Violin students will broaden their musical horizons and experiment with music from other genres.
  • Chamber Music: Intermediate students will benefit from this more intimate music making experience and improve their note reading and ensemble skill.
  • Note reading: Beginner students will have an opportunity to sharpen their sight reading and musicianship skills.

*Class availability will depend on camp enrollment. Semi-private, large group & Eurhythmics classes will run regardless of enrollment.

Classes for ages 12-15:
(minimum requirements: violin book 4, cello book 3 and above)

  • Semi-private lesson: Students will be grouped by age and level into a small group of 3 - 4 participants. Each student will get a mini-lesson with our experienced instructors, and have the opportunity to work on their solo repertoire. This is a great opportunity for students to learn from one another. Some students may be selected to perform a solo at our end-of-camp recital.
  • Large group lesson: Students will be grouped together by repertoire and work on pre-determined Suzuki pieces to perform at our end-of-camp recital.
  • Improvisation, Jazz for strings: Students will begin learning the basics of improvisation and gain experience performing in a jazz style.
  • Musicianship: Music theory and music history will be covered in this fun, multi-media and interactive class.
  • Chamber Music: Beginner and intermediate students will benefit from this more intimate music making experience and improve their note reading and ensemble skills.

The Suzuki String Camp will culminate in a final concert on the afternoon of Friday, July 14th.

String Camp Faculty
Martine Benmann
Marija Bubanj
Emilia Blaszak
Kelly Larson
Erica Lessie
Melissa Padgett
Kristen Regester
Nobuaki (Aki) Tanaka


How To Register

$500.00: Full Day Camp
$300.00: Half Day Camp (ages 4-5 only)
A 50% down payment is required at the time of registration to secure a spot in the camp.

Online: Click the red "Register Now" button below to visit our Online Registration Center and register online. Online registration is easy, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is the most popular registration option.

By Phone: Call our Student Services Desk at (312) 369-3100 during regular office hours to speak with a Student Services Specialist to register and pay via credit card by phone. Registrations are accepted from 10:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Saturday.

In Person: Stop by our Student Services Desk on the 1st floor of the Sherwood building, 1312 S. Michigan Ave., anytime during regular office hours to speak with a staff member to register and pay in person. Payment by credit card, check, and cash (exact change only) is accepted for in-person registrations.

Financial aid is available, please see the following links for more information and to apply:
Financial Aid FAQ
Financial Aid Application

For more questions about the Suzuki Summer String Camp, please contact Aki Tanaka at sherwoodsuzuki@colum.edu.

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