When can I enroll for college credit?

You will receive a notice when information for college credit is ready.

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Can I enroll in a program without taking it for college credit?

Yes, the tuition quoted is for the program without college credit.

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Is there an additional charge for college credit?

Yes, there is an additional charge per unit for college credit.

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Do you offer a multi session discount?

Yes, we offer a discount of 5% when registering for 2 or more programs.

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Do you offer a military discount?

Active & Reserve Military members receive a 10% discount on tuition of select programs.
(Must fax or email copy of Military ID, * excludes programs below)

All other (retired/veterans) qualify for a 10% discount during Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Independence Day.
(Must fax or email copy of Military ID or DD214, * excludes programs below)

* Offer does not apply to SitCom Acting, Animation, or Computer Animation.

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Do you offer financial aid?

We have limited amount of partial financial aid available. For details, please email us at info@usperformingarts.com

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What do some of the past camper’s families say about the camps?

I was so impressed with the professionalism this camp had to offer. My daughter, Carolyn, has been to other acting camps, but this one goes a step beyond any others encountered. It was completely organized, in a safe and clean environment with great accommodations and food, in addition to top-notch training, all well worth the investment.

Dorothy Cannon Madans, Charlotte, NC

Our family’s experience with the US Performing Arts camp was superb! Our daughter attended the Dance camp on the UCLA campus. It was very professional, well-organized, kid-centered and tons of fun.

The Lowe Family, San Rafael, CA

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How long have your camps been in business?

US Performing Arts is the operator of US Performing Arts Camps. We have partnered with America’s top universities for the past 14 years to give you a combined history of many years of providing young people with access to the training and skills they need to perfect their craft.

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Will my child need to bring any equipment from home?

Yes, some of the camps will publish a list of items (clothes, shoes, and equipment) that they would like their students to bring with them. For example, the Playwriting/Screenwriting Camp recommends that each student bring a laptop computer and tape recorder with them. The acting and musical theater camps also suggest their campers bring a small tape recorder. Other camps may also list some requests in their Registration Packet.

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Can you recommend an amount of spending money for the week?

Our experience suggests about $60 for the week. This will include any souvenirs, or special activities and a camp picture. Students often like to make purchases at the Student Bookstore. Campers staying over the weekend to attend another camp will have the option of pre-registering and paying for special weekend activities. Movie money for anyone staying over the weekend is also recommended.

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Can my student meet friends/family off campus in the evening during the week?

No, students can not meet friends/family off campus in the evening during the week. Activities, homework, and rehearsals are scheduled in the evenings and the students need to be present to fully participate.

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Will my child like the food?

All of our college campuses offer a wide variety of exceptionally outstanding food. Every camper should be able to find good nutritional choices that they will enjoy eating.

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What about drugs and alcohol?

Drugs, alcohol, smoking, and sexual activity are strictly forbidden at all US Performing Arts Programs. US Performing Arts staff have the right to search for illegal substances. Students who violate this policy, or commit general misconduct, will be immediately expelled from the program without a refund.

Campers found in violation of the code of conduct will be dismissed immediately from the program and housing. Parents will be responsible for all fees, arrangements, and transportation immediately following dismissal.

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What about cell phones, iPods, and other electronics?

All electronics are welcome, but US Performing Arts is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Students are allowed to bring cell phones to camp. However, all cell phones will be left with mentors during the day. No exceptions. Students will have access to their cell phones in the evenings. This policy is for the students safety and is to ensure that there are no distractions or interruptions during class.

If an emergency situation arises, parents may contact the resident director at the number provided in the information packet.

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Will my child be safe?

The safety and well-being of our campers is a top priority of our directors and staff. Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The mentor staff lives in the residence halls with the campers and joins in all their evening activities.

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Do International Students need visas?

Students and their families are responsible for obtaining any required visas. Due to the brief period of time of our programs, international students should obtain a short stay Tourist Visa, (not a Student Visa), from the American Embassy or Consulate in their home country

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What recreational activities will be available?

Each of our residential campsites offers full recreational facilities, including swimming, for use by our campers. Campers will have time to enjoy these supervised recreational activities.

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Will there be off campus trips?

Yes, some of the camps will be taking curriculum-enhancing field trips. These trips will be completely supervised within our faculty/student ratio in safe vans or buses with approved drivers. Some camps will also include fun day-trips to area attractions.

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Will my child need to bring any equipment from home?

Yes, some of the camps will publish a list of items (clothes, shoes, and equipment) that they would like their students to bring with them. For example, the Playwriting/Screenwriting Camp recommends that each student bring a laptop computer and tape recorder with them. The acting and musical theater camps also suggest their campers bring a small tape recorder. Other camps may also list some requests in their Registration Packet.

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What will the Information Packet include?

Immediately after registering you will receive an email confirmation that you are registered in the camp of your choice. In late May or early June you will receive an Information Packet that will include all of the particulars for your specific camp. It will contain all the information you need for arriving at camp, performance and certificate ceremony, camp phone numbers, health forms, transportation needs, policies, checklist of things to bring, travel form, roommate request, and any other particulars the director may need you to know. It will also include airport arrival and departure instructions.

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How are students grouped?

In some dance technique and acting classes students will be grouped by ability and experience. In those classes where students benefit most by a collaborative experience and peer interaction there will be an array of abilities. Students attending dance classes will be assessed and grouped on technique, not years of experience. The low faculty/student ratio will enable the instructor to give individual attention to each camper.

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What is the student/teacher ratio?

Our ratio of faculty/mentors to camper is 1 to 10.

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What are the faculty’s qualifications?

Most of our programs are directed as a recruiting outreach by the university department where they are located and draw from their highly distinguished faculty. All our directors and faculty are selected for their artistic and professional accomplishments as well as for their teaching and mentoring skills.
Directors and Faculty are subject to change without notice.

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What are the age/grade requirements for your programs?

Age and Grade requirements vary by location. Please see our Quick Camp Reference list for details.

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How are the room accommodations?

US Performing Arts Camps are located on the finest campuses in the country. The residence halls offer up-to-date, clean and safe rooms for our campers’ accommodations. Most of our accommodations are double occupancy although occasionally we will group students in a triple room due to the number of campers and gender breakdown. Campers can request a roommate and we will attempt to honor the request.

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What if my child wants to participate in more than one camp?

Many of our campers take multiple camps. Campers may choose to enroll in as many additional camp weeks as they would like to maximize their learning experience and fun! There is an additional fee of $135 per night for resident campers who stay for the weekends between consecutive camps. This fee covers room, meals and supervised activities. Campers staying over between sessions are fully supervised and participate in organized activities.

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Is transportation to and from the airport available?

Yes, transportation is available at all sites, but only to specific airports. Call 1.888.497.3553 or 415 924-6442, check the website for details, or see the Travel Page for transportation details before making travel arrangements.

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What does tuition include?

Tuition includes program, room, and meals. Commuter tuition (where available) includes program and lunch.

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What is your Registration and Cancellation Policy?

Please see our Registration/Cancellation Policy for details.
USPA highly recommends that students secure travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, and/or medical emergency.

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How do I register?

The fastest way to register for a program is online. Here’s how:
Search for the program you want to attend.
Click on the button and follow the onscreen instructions.
You can also register over the phone by calling us toll-free at 888 497 3553 OR 415 924-6442.

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