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Students learn from the pros at CSU Summer Arts


Guest photographers, including Ed Kashi who's work such as the image above has won him international acclaim, will work with students enrolled in the CSU Summer Arts program.

  • April 26, 2013

Aspiring dancers, painters, photographers, actors and other artists participating in CSU Summer Arts in July will take their skills to higher levels at two-week intensive sessions taught by pros, including Cal State East Bay's Scott Hopkins.

The California State University system offers the summer arts program to graduate and undergraduate students interested in all genres. Two sessions led by professional artists and master teachers are scheduled July 1 through 14, and July 15 through 28 at California State University, Monterey Bay. Apply by May 3 to participate in the first session; the deadline for the second session is May 17. 

The CSU Summer Arts program gives students the opportunity to participate in courses in theatre, dance, music, visual arts and design, writing and media. Courses include offerings such as DreamWorks Animation, Stage Combat and The Triple-Threat Writer: TV, Play, Screenplay.

Professional photographer Hopkins of the Cal State East Bay faculty was one of 17 faculty members chosen from across the CSU to act as a workshop coordinator. He will teach Digital Documentary Photography and the Art of Seeing during the first session.

“Think of a community without arts,” Hopkins said. “It would be pretty gray and boring.”

Making a difference in the community without showing violence is what inspired him to pursue an artistic career, Hopkins said.

“Photojournalism is a good subject that isn’t being taught on (Cal State East Bay’s) campus because of budget cuts,” he said.

But students participating in CSU Summer Arts can boost their skills in aspects of photography, including photojournalism, under the tutelage of Hopkins and visiting instructors. During Hopkins’ workshop, students will gain hands-on shooting experience as they work with professional portraiture photographers and two Bay Area photojournalists. At the end of the session, students’ work will be displayed at a show on the CSU Monterey Bay campus. Samples of the work also will be published in an online book.

“(Summer Arts) is an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Hopkins said. For students the process is “transformative” and resembles a “mini grad school” where they will get expert feedback, he said.

Students have the opportunity to earn up to six units of transferable undergraduate or graduate university credit and gain experience that can be added to their resume. Need-based scholarships are available, and approximately 70 percent of participating students receive scholarships each year.

For registration details, visit CSU Summer Arts online. Additional material may be requested, once an application has been submitted.

For more information on Scott Hopkins and his workshop, contact him at

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