Ends on May 18, 2018

Join the California Institute of the Arts for the 2018 summer! The Community Arts Partnership Summer (CAP) Arts Program is free to Los Angeles County high school students.

Study an arts discipline with alumni and students from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). For four weeks starting in June, you'll learn what it means to be a professional artist; dedicating every day to your chosen art form. All levels of experience are welcome to apply. 

For the 2018 summer, CAP will be offering two different academies on one campus. Both academies will be hosted by Susan Miller Dorsey High School in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles. See details below:

1. Visual & Performing Arts Academy (VAPA)

Explore and study one of the six disciplines below.

Learn from your classmates and CalArts instructors as they guide you through each art form in detail over five weeks. At the end of the five weeks, each class will have the opportunity to perform and present what they learned for a Culmination Event.

Available Classes:

  • Acting for the Stage
  • Animation 
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Beginning Music
  • Advanced Music
  • Photography
  • Beginning Visual Art
  • Advanced Visual Art

2. Dorsey Film Academy (DFA)

Explore the art and craft of movie production in the CAP Film Academy.

Working in a group of filmmakers, you'll learn how to create film content, like writing screenplays, acting for the camera, scoring the music or managing a film crew of your own. At the end of 5 weeks, each group will have the opportunity to view and present their work.

Available Classes:

  • Acting for the Camera
  • Directing
  • Editing for Film
  • Music for Film
  • Production: (this includes classwork in Cinematography, Sound Design, Lighting, Production Assistant and Set Design)
  • Screenwriting

Program Details for both academies:

Participant Eligibility 

1.Individuals must be in grades 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th: graduating or going into high school in 2018 and must be between 13 - 18 years old by July 10, 2018 

2. Attend a Los Angeles County high school

3. Need extra arts enrichment (arts classes not offered during the school day)

Dates and Times

June 18th through July 18th 2018 *no class on July 4th
Monday - Friday 10:30am - 3:30pm
Culmination Event on July 21st


Susan Miller Dorsey High School
3537 Farmdale Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Application Process:

To apply, click on the SUBMIT button at the top of this page and fill out the information on the next page. The application may take 20 minutes to complete, but you may save your application at any point and come back to it later.

Please note: we will only accept one application per student.

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