Summer Arts Colleges

Engagement through the arts
Summer Arts Colleges reintegrate young people into education, training and employment by offering vibrant arts experiences through a structured programme. Working with a unique combination of practitioners in art, music, drama, dance, photography and creative writing, Summer Arts Colleges are a proven way to improve outcomes in literacy, numeracy, progression to education and reduction in reoffending.

Extensive evaluation of the programme has shown that it delivers high levels of attendance and completion by even the most challenging young people. 90% of young people completing the programme go on to achieve an Arts Award.

It’s changed me, because I don’t really have a temper any more. I’m not even interested in doing criminal things because Summer College put me on track.
Get results with arts education

Summer Arts Colleges are proven to:

  • Increase educational engagement

  • Facilitate transition to mainstream education and employment

  • Reduce rates of reoffending

  • Significantly improve literacy and numeracy

  • Offer accreditation through an Arts Award

Achieve an Arts Award

90% of young people who attend Summer Arts Colleges go on to achieve an Arts Award. See some work produced at Summer Arts Colleges in the gallery.

Run a Summer Arts College

Summer Arts Colleges are an effective way to engage the young people you work with. Find out more about the programme and learn how you can make a difference this summer.