UR.04.04.03 Pre-College Programs collection, 1941-continuing.

UR.04.04.03 Pre-College Programs collection, 1941-continuing.

Summary Information

Title: Pre-College Programs collection, 1941-continuing.
Number: UR.04.04.03
Creator: University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.). Division of Continuing Studies.

Collection Dates [bulk]: 1994-2013
Collection Dates [inclusive]: 1941-continuing
Extent: 1.043 linear feet (3 boxes)
Location: Row 3, column 1, shelves 1 & 2
Language: English

Abstract:

This collection is composed primarily of publications generated by the University of the Arts Pre-College programs, and include catalogs, calendars, brochures, and similar materials. Programs represented in this collection are the Saturday Arts Lab, The Saturday School, the Pre-College Summer Institute, and the former New Talent Program.

 

Preferred Citation
Pre-College program Collection, 1941-continuing, The University of the Arts, University Libraries and Archives.

Biographical and Historical Notes

Programs for children and teenagers originated with the founding of the Saturday School in 1900 by Miss Isabella Bradley, a graduate of the class of 1900 of the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Arts (PMSIA). Initially called the Junior Department, the Saturday School offered classes in drawing, painting, and modeling to children. By the 1920s ages were specified as “any age under twenty and over six, and particularly for students of High School Age” (as per the Circular of the Art Department of the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, 1928-29). While courses remained focused on basic artistic instruction in drawing and painting, students were frequently taken outside the studio to study at various museums and other cultural spaces in the city. By the 1930s the program had expanded to include adult classes in such subjects as pottery, poster design, drawing, and metal work. Saturday School programs for children and adolescents continued under the name “Junior Class” and expanded to include pottery classes to older children. The Saturday School continued providing visual art instruction to students of all ages until the fall of 1992, when it officially became the Pre-College Saturday School, and dedicated to providing high school students with college-level courses. Additionally, the program expanded the scope of its offerings to include courses and workshops in the performing arts and humanities. Initially, the opportunity to earn college credits was offered, but dropped by the Fall 1993 session.

In addition to providing courses for teens in the school year, the University of the Arts also runs the Pre-College Summer Institute for high school students. First offered by the Philadelphia College of Art (PCA, now the College of Media, Art, and Design) (possibly beginning in the 1960s), the Pre-College Summer Institute initially offered studio art courses patterned after the College’s Foundation program (now known as Core Studies) in an effort to prepare students for college. This model was kept intact until 1986, when in light of the merger of PCA and the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, courses in the performing arts were introduced. By the early 1990s, the Summer Institute’s visual arts programs were expanded to include numerous programs and workshops for subjects such as animation, costume design and others. In 1991 it also started the PREP Program for undergraduate applicants seeking admittance to the Philadelphia College of Art and Design (PCAD, now CAMD). That same year the Institute took over the Continuing Education's New Talent Program. Started in 1984, New Talent was a comprehensive, residential program that offered studio courses and various electives to high school juniors and seniors who wished to gain some college experience and strengthen their portfolios. New Talent would later be known both as the Visual Arts Exploration Program and Art Smart. In 1993 the Pre-College Summer Institute partnered with the Saturday School to officially form the Pre-College Programs.

After the Saturday School’s restructuring in 1992, programming for elementary students continued via the Saturday Arts Lab. Initially affiliated with the UArts Art Education Department, the Saturday Arts Lab offers courses solely in the visual arts. The classes also provide valuable experience for the student teachers from the Art Education department, who assist with instruction.

In late 2008, the Saturday School, the Summer Institute, and Saturday Arts Lab became a part of the Division of Continuing Studies Pre-College Programs.

Collection Scope and Contents Note

This collection is composed primarily of publications generated by the University of the Arts Pre-College Programs, and include catalogs, calendars, brochures, and similar materials. This collection has been arranged into four series for each of the programs represented in this collection: the Saturday Arts Lab, The Saturday School, the Pre-College Summer Institute, and the former New Talent Program. Items in each series have been arranged chronologically. Given the homogenous nature of the materials, a folder-level inventory has not been created. However, dates of holdings have been recorded below.

Arranged into 4 series

I.  Saturday School, 1941, 1954- [for information prior to 1941, please refer to PMSIA course circulars]
II. Pre-College Summer Institute,1964, 1967-68, 1970-71, 1974-1980, 1986, 1991-2003, 2005-2006, 2008-
III. New Talent, 1984, 1986-90
IV. Saturday Arts Lab, 1994-96, 1998-2000, 2003-04, 2006-07, 2009-2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.). Pre-College Programs.
  • University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.). Art Education Department.
  • University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.). Philadelphia College of Art and Design. Continuing Education.
  • Philadelphia Colleges of the Arts.
  • Philadelphia College of Art.
  • Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art.
  • Philadelphia Museum School of Art.
  • Philadelphia Museum College of Art.
  Subject(s)
  • Art--Studying and teaching.
  • Music--Studying and teaching.
  • Dance--Studying and teaching.
  • Theater--Studying and teaching.

Collection Inventory

Box 1.

I. Saturday School, 1941, 1954- [for information prior to 1941, please refer to PMSIA course circulars]

Box 2.

II. Pre-College Summer Institute,1964, 1967-68, 1970-71, 1974-1980, 1986, 1991-2003, 2005-2006, 2008-

Box 3.

III. New Talent, 1984, 1986-90

IV. Saturday Arts Lab, 1994-96, 1998-2000, 2003-04, 2006-07, 2009-2013