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Rutgers Community Arts

Summer Programs

Developing Artists. Building Community. 

Join the vibrant artistic community at Rutgers University–New Brunswick this summer! We offer programs in Art & Design, Dance, Filmmaking, Music, and Theater. Explore, create, and perform under the guidance of Rutgers faculty, and make use of the professional facilities of the state’s premier arts conservatory. 

    About the Program

    Sample the College Experience

    Residential options for music, theater, and dance programs allow high school students the opportunity to experience college life at Rutgers–New Brunswick. Students live in Rutgers dorms and have meals at campus dining halls under the supervision of current Mason Gross student-counselors.

    • Full-time live-in residential counselors, CPR trained, for each intensive 
    • Registered nurse on site during program hours, and on call 24/7
    • Rutgers Dining Services nutritionists ensure each student’s special dietary needs are met 
    • Full support of Rutgers University Police Department 
    Student Safety
    • Full-time live-in and CPR trained residential counselors, are available for each intensive. 
    • A registered nurse is on site during program hours, and on call 24/7. 
    • Rutgers Dining Services nutritionists ensure each student’s special dietary needs are met.
    • Full support of Rutgers University Police Department is available. 
    Dormitory and Campus Life
    • All residents are bound to follow Rutgers University’s Student Policies for Dormitory life. 
    • Residents are not permitted to have guests in their rooms or in the dormitories. 
    • Parents are not allowed inside the dormitories.
    • Adult counselors will reside in the dormitories with students to ensure supervision of evening activities and social time and to keep students on schedule – morning, noon & night! 
    • Counselors provide supervision during non-class/rehearsal periods during the daytime.
    • Internet: Free guest WiFi is available for use all throughout campus.
    • Laundry: Coin-operated laundry machines are available on campus, although we recommend that you pack enough clothes so that you do not have to worry about this!
    • Cell phones: Students are encouraged to have cell phones. Student cell phone numbers will be requested by counselors at the start of the program. Cell phones should be on vibrate or silenced altogether during rehearsal periods.

    The following resources provide detailed information on the residential halls in which Rutgers Community Arts summer residential students will live during their stay:

    New Gibbons Hall (Residential Hall for Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory participants) 

    Perry Hall (Residential Hall for Music and Dance program participants) 

    What to Pack
    • Bring your own linens: Twin XL sheet, a pillow, and towels. 
    • Each room is equipped with a mini-fridge and microwave. Students are encouraged to bring snacks and drinks for the evening. 
    • Bathrooms are shared on each floor and separated by gender. 
    • Money: Student meals are provided (lunch only for commuters; all meals for residents) and trips to town are not allowed. Generally speaking, students have little need to be carrying significant amounts of money.
    • Weather-related packing: Students are encouraged to bring rain gear, extra shoes, and any other necessary items to walk from the dorms to Nicholas Music Center.

    Programs

    Art & Design

    Summer Art & Design Intensives take place in the art studios and computer labs of Mason Gross School of the Arts, located in the vibrant Civic Square Building in downtown New Brunswick. Programs available for students ages 10–18.

    Children’s Camp

    Let your imagination soar at Kids Create! arts immersion camp. Open to students entering grades K–8. 3 sessions available!

    Children’s Camp

    Let your imagination soar at Kids Create! arts immersion camp. Open to students entering grades K–8. 3 sessions available!

    Dance

    Summer dance students receive specialized, age-appropriate mentorship by Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty. Programs available for students entering grades K–12.

    Filmmaking

    Spend your summer at the Rutgers Filmmaking Center, recently recognized among “30 Film Schools You Should Know” by Backstage. Available for students ages 14–18.

    Filmmaking

    Spend your summer at the Rutgers Filmmaking Center, recently recognized among “30 Film Schools You Should Know” by Backstage. Available for students ages 14–18.

    Music

    Summer music intensives feature a rigorous, collegiate-level experience led by Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty and renowned musicians. A residential option allows high school students an early taste of on-campus college life. Programs available for students ages 11–18.

    Theater

    Led by Mason Gross Theater Department faculty, the Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory is a renowned four-week training program offering rigorous study for young actors from across the country. Open to students entering grades 10–12. Audition required.

    Theater

    Led by Mason Gross Theater Department faculty, the Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory is a renowned four-week training program offering rigorous study for young actors from across the country. Open to students entering grades 10–12. Audition required.

    Inquiries

    Have a question about a specific program? Reach out to one of the email addresses below or Contact Rutgers Community Arts.

    Art & Design: summer.visualarts@mgsa.rutgers.edu 

    Dance: summer.dance@mgsa.rutgers.edu 

    Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute: summer.jazz@mgsa.rutgers.edu 

    Rutgers Symphonic Wind Band Intensive: summer.band@mgsa.rutgers.edu 

    American String Teachers Association of NJ Chamber Music Institute at Rutgers University: ASTA.CMI@mgsa.rutgers.edu 

    Theater: RSAC@mgsa.rutgers.edu