Coronavirus Cancellation Information

Due to COVID-19, the Academy of the Arts is discontinuing registration for our face-to-face June art and music camps. If you have registered for one of the June sessions, please email us at and let us know if you would like to move registration to a July camp or receive a refund. Additionally, we are working toward the idea of online summer camps, and we hope to provide an update on this possibility in the near future.

We will keep registration open for July camps as of March 27, 2020 with hopes that we can gather again in person to make music, create art, and develop skills in creative writing.

We are saddened by the impact the virus is having on face-to-face interaction but will work together to provide the best opportunities in arts education for your family this spring and summer.

Watch the website for updates.

Pre-college students from around the Birmingham area enjoy the variety of activities at the Academy of the Arts camps. They learn art and music as well as enjoy the benefits of the beautiful Samford campus and swimming facilities. Each year there are music, art, and writing camps available for ages 4-17.

Art Camps

Summer Art Camp is one week full of inspiration and creative expressions in art. With the help of our experienced art instructors, the students will see, touch, hear and feel the vocabulary of art by incorporating color, line, shape, texture, space, value, form, balance and rhythm. The young art students will use various art media, including paint, clay and crayon. The middle school art students will work with various art media including ceramics. We are looking forward to seeing you at Art Camp 2020!

Art Studio for Teens 

June 1-5, 2020  (Grades 6-8)
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Bulldog Art Camp

Session I: June 15-19, 2020 (Grades 1-5)
Session II: July 13-17, 2020 (Grades 1-5)
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Music Camps

Adventures in Music Summer Camp

Grades 1 – 12
Session I: June 8 – 12, 2020 – Piano Only
Session II: July 6 – 10, 2020 – Piano or Voice
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Adventures in Music is open to students who are interested in continuing their studies in piano and voice. It features two sessions for grades 1–12. Each session meets daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. All Adventures in Music students and faculty eat lunch together. Time for swimming in the campus pool is also included. Participants will be directed by faculty members and university student assistants for class changes, practice times, breaks, and meals. Participants will have their own schedule, including four private 30-minute lessons, music literature, ensemble, theory, practice time, break, lunch, guest artist, and swimming.

Friday is filled with excitement and musical activity. The day challenges campers to test their knowledge with various team and individual games and relays. On Friday, there is a solo recital in the afternoon and an ensemble recital in the early evening. The Adventures in Music Gala Recital highlights students from the camp as they play the ensemble pieces learned throughout the week. Two of the games played on Friday are a Scavenger Hunt that takes place across the entire campus, and Who Wants to be a Music Millionaire game testing students on knowledge gained throughout the week. Pianists must have completed a minimum of three months instruction prior to camp and will attend ensemble classes. Vocalists must be at least 9 years old and will attend ensemble and stage technique classes.

Jazz Camp

Grades 6-12
June 29-July 2, 2020
Jazz Camp 2020 is open to students interested in working to learn and improve their jazz skills on their instrument or voice. Students meet daily from 12 – 5 p.m. in Jane Hollock Brock Building.

Jazz improvisation is one of the most expressive forms of music in the world. It gives the artist full control over what it is they want to say. The goal of the Academy Jazz Camp is to continue to teach this art form to the younger generation, so that they may also have the power to fully express themselves through their instrument or voice.

Tentative Daily Schedule: 12-1 music theory; 1-2:30 sectionals; 3-5 ensembles

Students are directed by camp faculty members and university student assistants for all activities.

Thursday evening, July 2, features a Jazz Concert at 6:30 p.m.

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Music and Art for Minis

Ages 4–6
July 20-24, 2020
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

A fabulous learning experience for preschoolers! This camp is for four, five and six-year-old children who have not attended the first grade.

Taught by our experienced preschool faculty, campers meet daily 9:00–2:00 p.m. Activities will include singing, movement, listening skills, art projects, instruments, games, music history, recreation and daily snack. Campers bring their own lunch. Space is limited to 40 campers in order to provide an excellent student-teacher ratio.

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Writing Camp

Writing Camp for Tweens and Teens

Ages 11–15
June 22-26, 2020
9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Are you that student who writes poetry in math class? Want to learn how to write better and enter contests and publications? This is the class for you. We will practice finding the perfect words, imagery and details that will make everyone want to read your journals! Boundless creativity lives in these small classes, which offer teacher feedback and sharing with peers.

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