Communications & Arts

Student writing in Union Station

Pre-College communications and arts courses come in a variety of topics, ranging from photojournalism to public policy.

GW draws on its creative, intellectual and technological resources to provide arts, English, communications and writing courses in a variety of formats.

On-campus and online courses are available for credit, while our noncredit offerings focus on experiential learning environments, connecting students with relevant institutions and experts in their respective fields.

All course offerings are subject to cancellation.

One-Week Summer Exposure (noncredit)

Non-credit bearing academic class icon  Noncredit

One-week course icon  One-week program

 Calendar Icon  July 12—17, 2020

What does it take to make a timeless masterpiece? From Michaelangelo to Pollock, from Da Vinci to Picasso, what sets these groundbreaking artists apart in history? This course will cover how artists across time defined new eras and movements. Students will explore how the professional landscapes surrounding the fine arts have changed in recent decades and what it means to “master” one’s craft.

Students analyzing a photograph at an art museum

Two-Week Summer Immersion (noncredit)


the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 12—24, 2020

Washington, D.C. allows students to study the interplay of media, public affairs, and politics. In this course, students will critically investigate and explore the role media plays in civic and political life. They will also focus on understanding communication, news production, media law, history and ethics through analytical, critical thinking and leadership skills that allow our students access to how to use media and new information technology to create and deliver the right information to the right audience at the right time.

Young female student participating in a mock trial


the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 12—24, 2020

Public policy is the way in which public issues are addressed by modifying existing laws and regulations or creating new ones altogether. In this course, students will think strategically, creatively and critically about current issues shaping the public debate, and learn to analyze and evaluate policies and programs in pursuit of public interest.

Students with a view of the US Capitol building


The number "2" Two-week program

calendar icon  July 26— August 7, 2020

Washington, D.C. is the heart of the legislative processes and social movements that influence structural, cultural and ideological change. This course introduces students to questions, opportunities, and roadblocks faced by civic and global leaders while aiming to expand their leadership capacity teaching them to translate their values and ideas into action. Students explore topics such as grassroots organization activism works by looking at Washington DC and how activism in DC and elsewhere has shaped social change.

Pre-college student giving a speech

College Intensive (credit)

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2019

Development of naturalness, correctness, and clarity in conversation through the study of phonetics, rate, volume, pitch, and quality in preparation for performance. Laboratory fee.

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon Online Course: July 1—August 10, 2019

An exploration of genres of creative writing (fiction, poetry, and/or playwriting). Basic problems and techniques; examples of modern approaches; weekly writing assignments; workshop and/or conference discussion of student writing.