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Summer Photography Workshop

July 8 - July 14, 2018

Apply Online (Application deposit required with application, payable with Credit Card)

If you would like to pay the deposit with a check or money order, please contact Casey Cummings at 215.895.5869 or photog@drexel.edu to make those arrangements. If you plan to submit a check or money order you may still complete the online application minus the credit card payment. 

ABOUT THE ONE WEEK SUMMER PROGRAM

The one week residency Photography Workshop will be an intensive exploration of the many facets that make up photography in the 21st century. We will cover all main areas of the medium with one-two day intensive lessons. We will begin in the studio covering the workflow of lighting both still life and portraits. Then we will move into our state of the art digital labs where we will learn how to harness the full power of Photoshop and make large prints from the prior two days in the studio. Finally, we will spend two days in the darkroom exploring the alchemy that make traditional photography such a magical process.  We will also be going on a field trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to visit their Prints and Photographs collections where you will see first-hand, prints made by the masters of the medium.  Finally, the workshop will culminate with an exhibition of the work produced by the students that parents and the public will be invited to attend to view.

Field trips, guest lectures and demonstrations: 
We will travel to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to visit their Prints and Photographs collections where you will see first-hand, prints made by the masters of the medium. We will also visit a photographer’s studio who shoots for Philadelphia Magazine and is an alumnus of the program.

Social evenings:
There will be two group dinners when we will visit the Old City section of Philadelphia and local galleries.

About the Photography Program
The Drexel University Photography program teaches students how to develop a unique photographic vision using a combination of aesthetics and technology. Using both applied and theoretical teaching methods and blending traditional processes with current digital technologies, the photography curriculum provides aspiring photographers with the breadth of experience and knowledge required to succeed in today’s marketplace. The photography foundation courses are the same for each student until their third year, at which point they design a custom path of study that culminates in their senior thesis portfolio. Our alumni’s achievements reflect the diversity built into our program. They own successful photography studios, teach in high school and college programs, serve as curators, work as magazine photo editors and operate their own digital illustration firms.


General Information 

Eligibility:  We welcome high school students who are at least 16 years of age who have completed their sophomore year by July, prior to the start of the program. We encourage anyone who is excited about design to apply and we limit each program to 12 students.

Faculty:  Students will be taught by Drexel faculty from the Department of Photography in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. The faculty will be assisted by teaching assistants all of whom will spend one-on-one time with every student.

Housing & Meals: Students will live together in a Drexel Residence Hall with separate accommodations for females and males. We are located in University City, adjacent to Center City Philadelphia and many cultural sites. We have around-the-clock supervision resident assistants who reside with the students in the residence hall, and faculty supervision during the day.  Meals will be provided through Drexel Dining Services and other meal providers during fields trips.

What will you bring home with you: Students who successfully complete the one-week program will receive a program certificate from Drexel University’s Photography Department. You will also take away the foundation of a diverse student portfolio with original prints and digital files along with a lot of career insights and happy memories, too.

Registration and Payment: You may apply by completing the online application, submitting a copy of your high school transcript, and your 300 word personal statement of interest.  Transcripts can be e-mailed to photog@drexel.edu or sent by mail to the address below. 

A deposit of $300 is required with your application. Your deposit will be returned if you are not accepted into the program. Upon acceptance, your deposit is nonrefundable. The balance of $1,500 must be paid by June 22, 2018. A final balance payment form will be provided. No refunds will be made once the program begins.  If you would like to pay with a check or money order, please contact Casey Cummings at 215.895.5869 or photog@drexel.edu to make those arrangements.

Send items to:

ATTN: Casey Cummings
Drexel University
Academic Building, Bldg 55-418
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

How soon will you hear from us? All applications will be reviewed as we receive them and applicants will be notified within 3 weeks from receipt. Admissions decisions are based upon academic preparation and commitment to explore design. We will limit the program to approximately 12 students. We will mail an acceptance letter and an information package to you and your family with additional program information, and of course, more forms to complete. Enrollment is limited and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis upon review and acceptance of the application.


Tuition Registration 

Tuition: The tuition of $1,800.00 covers everything, including:

  • Supervised accommodations in our residence hall
  • Three meals a day
  • Classes, seminars, and lectures
  • Field trips
  • Use of photography facilities and equipment
  • Recreational field trips and social events
  • Select Supplies and Materials: We will also provide a list of items students should bring with them

Tuition does not include student health care coverage. All students must provide proof of insurance in order to enroll in the session (form will be provided).

Application, Registration, Payment: You may apply by completing the online application, submitting a copy of your high school transcript via mail or e-mail to photog@drexel.edu.  

A deposit of $300 is required with your application. Your deposit will be returned if you are not accepted into the program. Upon acceptance, your deposit is nonrefundable. The balance of $1,500 must be paid by June 22, 2018. A final balance payment form will be provided. No refunds will be made once the program begins. Transcripts can be e-mailed to photog@drexel.edu or sent by mail to the address above.

General Questions? Call 215-895-5869 or e-mail Casey Cummings at photog@drexel.edu

Questions about Curriculum? Call 215-895-1093 or e-mail Paul Runyon at or runyonp@drexel.edu