Creative U — The Summer Arts Program at UNT CVAD

CVAD plans a summer day camp adventure for high school juniors and seniors!

The College of Visual Arts and Design plans to host 20 high school juniors and seniors for a day camp in the summer of 2023 in the Art Building.

A collaboration between the CVAD Foundations program and the Onstead Institute has resulted in plans for a two-week day camp from June 5–16, 2023. 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. The summer camp curriculum reveals how art and design practices can be used to investigate and communicate ideas, tell stories, identify problems, and determine solutions.  

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

Dates, Times, Location

Day Camp: June 5–16, 2023, 8 am.–4 p.m.

UNT College of Visual Art and Design
UNT Art Building
1201 W. Mulberry St.
Denton, TX 76201


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


The application form will open in the spring. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis for 20 available spots in the camp. Once the camp is full, applicants will be added to a waiting list. 

Deadline to apply: March 24, 2023, at 5 p.m. CST.


$820 for the two-week program. A limited number of scholarships and grants to attend will be available based on financial need and to promote equity, diversity and accessibility. Check this page for more information and the application form as they become available.

To sponsor a student's cost, please donate to CVAD through Felicia Lewis, the college's senior fundraising and development officer.  


A limited number of needs-based scholarships are available and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarships cover the full price of tuition. To demonstrate eligibility for financial aid, the applicant must submit one of the following:

  • Documentation of eligibility for the free/reduced lunch program for the 2022-23 school year
  • Copy of the first page of your 2021 or 2022 1040-tax form showing your income
  • Evidence of current participation in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, TANF
  • Evidence of receipt of current Basic Food/SNAP benefits
  • Participation in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, FDPIR
  • Documentation that the applicant is currently in the foster care system

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

Indicate Your Interest

To indicate your interest in the summer camp, please email us at to be notified when the application opens in the spring.


  • Cancellations received by April 24, 2023, will receive a 100% refund, less a $50 deposit processing fee.
  • Cancellations received between April 25 to May 28, 2023, will receive a 50% refund, less a $50 deposit processing fee.

Cancellation/Refund Schedule

  • 100% (less a $50 processing fee) if requested on or before April 24, 2023
  • 50% (less a $50 processing fee) if requested between April 25 to May 28, 2023
  • No refunds on or after May 29, 2023

Tentative Overview

General Daily Lesson Sequence, Agenda Format
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
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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