CSU Summer Arts will again enjoy the hospitality of California State University, Fresno, and its College of Arts and Humanities, offering participants 15 courses in the arts during the 2011 season.

The first course convenes far from Fresno, in Florence, Italy (June 13-July 3), where the focus is on art history. And from June 26 through July 23, 14 two-week courses will be offered at Fresno State, which has hosted CSU Summer Arts the past 11 years of its 25-year existence.

Renowned professional artists in the visual, performing and literary arts work one-on-one and in small groups with students, who earn credit for 3-6 undergraduate or graduate units. Students are immersed in creativity, working long days on coursework; preparing for their culmination events; and attending public performances, lectures, exhibits and screenings by world-class artists, who teach in the program.

Summer Arts attracts a diverse student population with applicants from colleges and universities across the United State and abroad. Open to all high school graduates and professionals in the arts, CSU Summer Arts is the world’s largest multi-genre summer arts program and arts festival for college credit.

This year’s lineup is “Contemporary Painting,” “Figure Drawing and Painting,” “Animation,” “Television Production,” “Cornerstone Theater Company,” “Steppenwolf Theatre,” “Oregon Shakespeare Festival,” “Michael Chekhov Acting Technique,” “Classical/Jazz Connections,” “Composer-Performer Collaboration,” “Digital Music and Media,” “Music Improvisation,” “Poetic Prose/Flash Fiction” and “Short Script Writing.”

In addition, CSU Summer Arts is an Arts Festival featuring the artists on campus as guest teachers in presentations open to the entire community. This summer there will be 23 guest-artist events and 15 student culminations, the latter of which are free to the public.

Enrollment applications, full-course descriptions and scholarship information are available at www.csusummerarts.org or by calling 559.241.6090.