Overview 

Enrichment Courses

ACA's enrichment courses offer middle school students the finest instruction in the arts, business, fashion, sports and more. You’ll participate in two classes during your stay at UCLA. Choose one class for the morning and one class for the afternoon. Project Discovery's program offers the kind of personal enrichment courses that build confidence for high school while also giving you the chance to grow self-confidence, academically and intellectually. Do it all in an amazing summer setting, surrounded by new friends and without the pressure of grades!

Art & Design

If you need to indulge your artistic side, this course is ideal. From paint to pottery and water color to sketching, this course has all the bases covered. You’ll experience hands-on training in the use of computer software to create digital graphics, and get familiar with the powerful applications used to create motion graphics and visual effects.

Fashion Design

Do you have an eye for the work of Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and other top designers? This intensive program will help you hone your fashion sense and express yourself at the same time! You’ll learn how to combine colors, shapes, fabrics and textures to create a look that’s all your own. You might start the next fashion craze! You’ll learn essential fashion design concepts, and study the skills needed to bring fashion vision to the runway. You’ll experiment with fashion sketching, pattern-making, sewing, and construction. You’ll have access to a variety of materials and styles, both classic and contemporary.

Digital Photography

Photography has evolved more dramatically than any other art form, and digital technology has revolutionized how we take pictures. This hands-on course will introduce you to both the basics of taking great digital pictures and advanced tricks for making them even more creative and compelling. You’ll learn how to crop images, adjust color and contrast, and save your work as a great keepsake of your Project Discovery experience! Whether you hope to shoot fashion models and rock stars, capture images of rare animals in the wild or just want to take good vacation photos, this course is picture perfect! Please note: Some studio time outside of regular class is required, and students must supply their own cameras.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Are you afraid of studying in the United States because you don’t trust your English skills? This course will improve your English skills as a certified ESL teacher helps you along. Semi-private classes are designed to help you, no matter what your level of English proficiency. This course will help you develop skills in pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, reading, listening comprehension, and oral and written communication.

Rec Sports

Take advantage of UCLA's Recreation Facilities including the renowned John Wooden Center. You will participate in all the classic recreation games and sports such as basketball, dodgeball, flag football, soccer, kickball, capture the flag, beach volleyball, 4-square and more. Advance your leadership skills, teamwork building and physical fitness. Sports are always more fun when you’re playing under the summer sun!

Health & Wellness (Yoga, Nutrition & Fitness)

Everyone knows that a good diet and plenty of exercise are the keys to good health, but what’s going to work best for you? Are you a vegetarian yogi or a protein-pounding weight lifter? Whatever your well-being interest, this course will help you balance mind, body and spirit, discussing progressive fitness techniques and intelligent approaches to nutrition.

Introduction to Psychology

The mind is a limitless frontier. What do we know about its inner workings? You will get insight into what makes people tick in this popular introductory course. You’ll study personality and psychological development, attitudes, cognition and intelligence. And you will learn a bit about how you think and feel yourself.

Entrepreneurial Excellence – From Initial Concept to the Final Product

Launching your own company isn’t for everyone. Only the most daring, determined types need apply, but if you have what it takes, you’ll be in the same league as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, or Google guys Larry Page and Sergey Brin. If you’re ready to develop your own startup, this course could be your first step on the road to success! You’ll create a business plan, hoping to cash in on your innovation and creativity. Research your market, work up a template to put your plan into action, and let your inner entrepreneur take command.

Journalism & Creative Writing

Everyone knows that we live in a fast-paced, information-dependent culture – and we need skilled, entertaining personalities to provide us with what we need to know. Whether it’s serious news served up CNN style or a lighthearted late-night talk show, anchors, hosts and reporters have worked hard to ask compelling questions and create engaging interview styles. You’ll study classic ways to cover a story, interview a celebrity and interact with an audience. For you, being a writer means more than putting pen to paper. It means refining your skills for creative storytelling, true-to-life narratives, fact-based essays, and journalistic reports. Stick with it and you could become one of the trusted faces we see on TV every night!

Public Speaking

Want to learn how to get your point across more effectively? Then this is the course for you. You’ll learn the fundamental building blocks of speaking and debating, including verbal and non-verbal techniques, delivery styles, audience analysis, topic selection and ways of overcoming pre-speech anxiety.

Math

We’ll show you just how useful algebra can be, and our entertaining applications will make learning fun! You’ll dive into algebra, logic and fractions, geometry, and more. Of course, the real payoff will be your improved math grades in the fall and your advanced knowledge when you go to high school. It's never too early to start preparing for the SATs.

Science: Building a Better Planet

The threats to our environment are among today’s most pressing concerns. This course combines classroom discussions and outdoor excursions in its examination of the environmental challenges facing our planet. Is global warming a natural phenomenon, or is humanity creating a climactic catastrophe? How can fuel alternatives lead us to energy independence? Are we ready for solar, wind, geothermal, and nuclear energy? These are the issues we’ll try to power through!

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