Berridge West

    Berridge West

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    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Four Weeks, Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Performing & Visual Arts
    • Sub-Categories: Music, Theatre Arts, Arts, Acting, Painting & Drawing
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
    • Minimum Cost: > $3,000
    • Call: (760)6888447
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    Berridge West is a pre-college arts program led by professional artists on the campus of Westmont College in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA. With only 40-50 students, you'll enjoy a personal connection with your teachers who will put your development as an artist at the center of everything they do. Whether you’re preparing for college, or just want to build your artistic skills, you’ll find a community of supportive people at Berridge West.


    Each student chooses two artistic disciplines from Theatre, Film, Studio Art and Music, one as your major and one as your minor. Major classes meet from 9:00-3:00pm each day and minor classes meet from 3:00-5:00pm. 

    "I just got into NYU Tisch and I couldn’t have done it without the confidence and skill I gained at Berridge. Thank you Berridge! Making dreams come true one child at a time!"

    Artistic Majors/Minors

    ACTING PROGRAM Hone techniques that help you gain truth in your acting and perfect the skill of being truthfully “in the moment”. You’ll take three classes: Acting Technique, Text in Performance and either Musical Theatre or Ensemble Theatre Performance. A series of workshops in Improvisation, Shakespeare, Writer/Performer and Audition Technique round out the curriculum.

    MUSIC PROGRAM Learn how to professionally write, perform, record and release your own music in this unique program for the Singer/Songwriter. You'll take classes in Music Production, Instrumental Technique (Guitar or Piano) and/or Vocal Technique and the Singer/Songwriter Lab where you learn how to write music from start to finish.

    STUDIO ART PROGRAM Enjoy time and space to develop your technique, build your portfolio and hone your individual style. The Studio Art major offers professional instruction in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Mixed Media and Photography as well as time and space to finish personal artwork and build your portfolio. 

    FILM PROGRAM Make a professional-quality short film from concept to premiere in just three weeks. Learn the art of visual storytelling through hands-on instruction from industry professionals. The Film Program is divided into four classes: The Art of Visual Storytelling, Elements of Filmmaking, Screenwriting Intensive and Film Production Lab where you'll make you'll make a professional quality short from start to finish.

    "It was at Berridge I found the courage to create and the confidence to apply to some big arts programs that I wouldn't have been brave enough to apply for previously. Oh, and I GOT IN!"


    Berridge faculty are professional artists who represent decades of experience in their field.  But they are so much more. They are passionate artists, nurturing mentors and enthusiastic collaborators who take your artistic goals personally, putting your creative development at the centre of everything they do. Like many of our students, Berridge faculty return summer after summer, bringing with them a passion for their craft and a dedication to our students that creates a community like no other.  

    Residential Life at Berridge

    Berridge West is hosted at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. This beautiful 112-acre campus nestled in the hills of Montecito provides the perfect backdrop for creative inspiration. Enjoy a taste of independent living and college life in a safe, nurturing residential environment. The program fees include all room and board with access to the dining commons, high speed Wifi and 24-hour security on campus. 


    Nicknamed The American Riviera, Santa Barbara is famed for its beautiful beaches, Spanish architecture and the most idyllic weather in the country. Day trips include The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Old Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Aquarium as well as time to enjoy the stunning beaches, Funk Zone Arts District and Stearns Wharf. On campus, a full program of optional activities will be offered including film nights, open mic performance nights and plenty of time to just hang out with new friends on the beautiful campus of Westmont College. 

    Who is this program for?

    This program is for any young artist interested in living in a college campus setting and studying the arts with professional artists.  Our students come from all over the world, from every kind of school and with every level of experience.  We welcome applications from students at all levels, from complete beginner to those who want to pursue creative careers.  

    Consider this program if you would like to:

    • build your artistic technique and prepare for college admissions
    • complete a portfolio of work for college or career development
    • Connect with industry professionals and other like-minded artists
    • Build your confidence, technique, knowledge, and skills
    • Enjoy a summer experience on a college campus in beautiful, sunny California

    The Berridge Experience

    Berridge offers a nurtuing, non-competitive environment in which to grow as an artist. We nurture what colleges are looking for in arts applicants:  passion for your craft, a collaborative spirit and confidence in your unique artistic voice. Our students find the supportive atmosphere of Berridge gives them the skills and confidence to pursue their dreams through college and beyond. 

    Appplications now open for summer 2022!

    Berridge Programs are open to all students of all levels of experience with enthusiasm and passion creating. Scholarships are available. Spaces are limited. Apply now!

    Cost and Session Information

    July 9th - July 30th, 2022

    Full tuition: $5875 USD

    Scholarships Available.

    Reviews (1)

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      Reviewed on 06/04/2021 by Eden

      I attended Berridge for three summers—it was a completely transformative experience each time, and I cannot recommend the program and the people more highly. I learned so much about myself as a person and an artist, and it's what ultimately helped me decide to pursue a study of theater in college, and today, a career in the arts. At Berridge, I felt completely free to explore and play and take risks because the instructors created a very special environment that fostered an openness and a generosity of spirit I haven't found in many places. I grew immeasurably in my craft and was so impressed with the caliber of work those around me brought to class each day.

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