Piedmont University Summer Academy

June 9-14
Piedmont University Demorest Campus

Piedmont University’s Summer Academy offers high school students ages 14-18 the opportunity to expand their academic and creative passions in a college setting. During the week-long camp, students will experience the life of a Piedmont University student. Each program offered is designed and led by current Piedmont faculty.

Students will choose one of the following areas of study for their camp experience:

Explore creative writing in an inclusive, encouraging atmosphere!

This class will introduce the basic concepts, skills, and community-building tenets of Creative Writing; discuss the works of established and emerging writers; and use experimental prompts to draft poems, stories, and (creative) essays of our own. Writers of all genres and at all levels are welcome. No prior experience is necessary.

Led by: Dr. Jaydn Dewald

 In this workshop, we will combine multiple techniques in printmaking to explore the benefits of how those techniques can be used in conjunction with one another. 

Students will be introduced to printmaking methods such as screen and relief printing. They will investigate ways in which analog printmaking techniques overlap with digital processes. In this workshop, carving with tools, printing on a press and by hand, image transfer techniques, and screen printing with stencils will all be explored.  These explorations will result in multiple monoprints based on a theme of the student’s choice. 

Led by: Drema  Montgomery 

The Piedmont University Musical Theater Camp focuses students on the process of creating a musical. During this one-week camp, students work with Piedmont faculty and current students to create a musical revue, including scenes and songs from both classic and contemporary Broadway musicals, which will be performed on the last day of camp.

During rehearsals, students receive vocal coaching that covers expression, technique, tone, intonation, blend, harmony, and more. Campers will also learn a variety of upbeat and expressive choreography, as well as simple dance training, acting instruction, and audition experience including headshots to use later.

Led by: Kathy Blandin

Learn to design effective, informative, and intelligent Data Dashboards. Students will learn to use the latest technologies, including AI to build visually compelling data driven reports and dashboards. This workshop will serve individuals at all levels of expertise. Fundamental knowledge and all the necessary software will be provided. 

Led by: Dr. S. Heydari 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Students will stay in Piedmont University dorms. 

Students will need to bring clothing, toiletries, and bedding. Two weeks before the academy, students will receive a list of any additional materials needed for their specific area of study. 

All meals will be provided in the Piedmont Cafeteria. Piedmont’s cafeteria can make accommodations for students with allergies. Students with special dietary needs should note these needs on the registration form.

All classes will be held in various buildings on Piedmont’s campus. All buildings are within walking distance of the dorms.  

Example of locations: 

  • Art: Smith Williams Art Studios 
  • Musical Theater: Swanson Center for Performing Arts & Communications 
  • Creative Writing: Daniel Hall 
  • Technology: Stewart Hall 
  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Class  
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch 
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Group presentations faculty and guest artists 
  • 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Class II 
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Dinner 
  • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: Group activities such as tubing, shopping, hiking 

On Friday, June 14, Campers will celebrate their work in performances, presentations, and exhibitions!

During the day, students will be supervised by Piedmont faculty and Academy staff. 

During the evening, students will be supervised by Piedmont’s staff of Resident Advisors. 

Students with specific medical conditions or needs (for example, a severe allergy requiring an EpiPen, etc.) should contact Chris Kelly, ckelly@piedmont.edu 

Residential Camp: $1,000

Summer academy fee residential tuition includes shared dorm housing, course materials, evening activities, and daily meals.  Instructors and residential assistants will supervise students.

Day-Camp Option: $625

If you live near Piedmont's Demorest campus and would prefer to attend the Summer Academy as a day-only student, please contact Professor Chris Kelly at ckelly@piedmont.edu. 

Additional Questions:

Registration, Chelsea Wilkes: cwilkes@piedmont.edu 
General, Chris Kelly: ckelly@piedmont.edu 
Art, Drema Montgomery: dmontgomery@piedmont.edu 
Musical Theater, Kathy Blandin: kblandin@piedmont.edu 
Technology, Dr. Shahryar Heydari: sheydari@piedmont.edu 
Creative Writing, Dr. Jaydn Dewald: jdewald@piedmont.edu