Creative U — The Summer Arts Camp at UNT CVAD

Creative UThe College of Visual Arts and Design will host 20 high school juniors and seniors for a day camp in the Art Building in the summer of 2024.

The CVAD Foundations program and the Onstead Institute have collaborated once more to offer a three-week day camp from June 3–21, 2024. Students will learn how art and design practices can be used to investigate and communicate ideas, tell stories, identify problems and determine solutions! 

The camp allows rising juniors and seniors in high school to engage in critical thinking skills through creative means. Students will participate in activities designed by CVAD faculty that foster visual problem-solving and skills-based making. 

Campers will explore color theory, design thinking, observational drawing, digital illustration, typography, graphic novels, and other topics at the college’s facilities. CVAD’s 238,000-square-foot building boasts an array of cutting-edge resources and equipment — a stimulating environment for young learners. Previous artmaking experience is not required; campers of all backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

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Camp Information

Dates, Times, Location

Tuition: $1,500 — see below for scholarship information
Day Camp: June 3–21, 2024
Monday–Friday, 8 am.–4 p.m.
Lunch and parking passes are provided.

UNT College of Visual Art and Design | Map to the UNT CVAD Art Building
UNT Art Building
1201 W. Mulberry St.
Denton, TX 76201

Eligibility to Attend

A student must have a projected high school graduation date in 2024 or 2025 to be eligible. 

Two Steps: Apply, then Pay Tuition or Apply for a Scholarship

1. Application Form — Registration is closed.

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis for 20 available spots in the camp. Once the camp is filled, applicants will be added to a waiting list. After you apply, you may proceed to pay the tuition or submit documentation for a scholarship to pay the tuition.

2. Pay Tuition after you Apply — or — Apply for a Scholarship

Tuition for the three-week program is a one-time online payment of $1,500 in full through the UNT Commerce Manager. A limited number of scholarships to attend will be available based on financial need. Creative U at UNT CVAD awards scholarships to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.   

Scholarship Eligibility

The number of available scholarships is limited. Scholarships cover the total price of tuition. Creative U at UNT CVAD awards scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis. Your application will be complete only after payment, and the required scholarship eligibility documents are received via your email to

To demonstrate eligibility for financial aid, the applicant must submit one of the following.

  • Copy of the first page of your 2022 or 2023 1040 tax form showing your income or
  • Evidence of
    • documentation of eligibility for the free/reduced lunch program for the 2023-2024 school year, or
    • current participation in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, TANF, or
    • a receipt of current Basic Food/SNAP benefits, or 
    • participation in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, FDPIR, or
    • documentation that the applicant is currently in the Foster Care System

Documentation of scholarship eligibility is due within five days after application submission.

For more information or to submit eligibility documentation, please email the College of Visual Arts and Design's Creative U office at


To sponsor a student's cost, please donate to CVAD by contacting Peter Hyland, director of the Onstead Institute. 


  • Cancellations received by April 26, 2024, will receive a 100% refund, less a $50 deposit processing fee.
  • Cancellations received between April 27 and May 24, 2024, will receive a 50% refund, less a $50 deposit processing fee.
  • No refunds on or after May 24, 2024.

General Daily Schedule

8–9 a.m.: Collaborative work, icebreaker
9–9:30 a.m.: Intro to morning session & agenda — distribute supplies, materials, works, presentations, films, etc.
9:30–11:30 a.m.: Morning activity
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Lunch on campus — provided by Creative U
12:30–1:30 p.m.: On-campus excursions, such as visits to the Art Building galleries, Texas Fashion Collection or the UNT Library
1:30–3:45 p.m.: Afternoon activity
3:45–4 p.m.: Reflections, clean up and wrap up

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