July 9 - July 30, 2022

Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA



A pre-college program in a nurturing environment led by professional artists and musicians. 

Now in its 3rd summer, Berridge West is an opportunity to study with professional working artists on the stunning Westmont College campus. The program offers a range of classes in Studio Arts and Music and students are welcome to cross disciplines if they wish. Berridge West offers small class sizes of only 8-10 students so you'll enjoy a personal connection with your teachers who put your development and growth as an artist at the center of everything they do. Whether you’re considering a creative career, preparing for college or just want to build your artistic and musical skills, you’ll be part of a supportive community at Berridge West.

Dates and Details



Summer 2022

July 9th - July 30th, 2022

Artistic Disciplines

Studio Arts or Music

(You can take one as a major and one as a minor class. Majors meet from 9:00-3.00 and Minors from 3.30-5.30)


$5875 USD


There is a range of scholarships available for this program. Audition/portfolio submission is required for scholarship application.


Open to students between the ages of  14 - 19 including graduated seniors. 



Rolling admissions until the program is full. Requires an online application with personal statement. 



The hallmarks of the Berridge experience are:


  • small programs with individual attention from a caring faculty of professional artists

  • a rigorous, hands-on curriculum delivered in a supportive, non-competitive environment

  • a nurturing community in the creative setting of an artist’s retreat


Summer after summer, our students tell us that being part of the Berridge community has a profound effect on them both as artists and as people

Hear more about Berridge from our alums.

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Enjoy the time and space to develop your technique, build your portfolio and hone your individual style.


The Studio Art Program offers professional instruction in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Mixed Media and Photography as well as time to finish personal artwork and build your portfolio. Mornings offer creative explorations such as abstract color experiments, meditative drawing and artistic journaling, to help you find inspiration and expand technique. Afternoons are devoted to open studio time in our beautiful indoor/outdoor art studio overlooking campus where you’ll receive individual instruction on your personal projects. A range of workshops, special topic seminars and field trips are also offered to round out the curriculum. 

See the Studio Art curriculum and schedule.

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Learn how to write, perform, record and release your own music like a professional in this unique program for the singer/songwriter.


Led by professional musicians RJ Root and Shauna Medina, the Music Program teaches a new model for aspiring musicians: how to write, self-produce, and publish music using accessible technology, without a label or management company. You'll take classes in Music Production, Instrumental Technique (Guitar or Piano) and Vocal Technique. In the Singer/Songwriter Lab you learn how to write music from start to finish. Find your unique voice and expand your musical abilities using musicianship and theory as a vehicle for your own innovation and creativity.

See Music classes and schedule.

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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. We have exclusive use of our residence hall, classroom/studio spaces and common rooms while on campus. Students are housed together in double rooms with shared bathrooms and separated by gender and floor. The program fees include all room and board with access to the dining commons, high speed wifi and 24-hour security on campus. 

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Santa Barbara is a stunning city located between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains.


Known as 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 is offered including film nights, open mic performance nights as well as plenty of time to just hang out with new friends on the beautiful campus of Westmont College.  

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Berridge faculty are professional artists with decades of experience in their respective fields.

But they are so much more. They are nurturing mentors, passionate artists and enthusiastic collaborators who put your creative development at the center of everything they do. Just like many of our students, Berridge faculty return summer after summer, bringing with them a passion for their craft and a dedication to their students that creates a community like no other.  

Learn more about the faculty

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Our students find the supportive atmosphere of Berridge gives them the skills and confidence to pursue their dreams through college and beyond. At Berridge, 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 alumni are currently attending some of the top colleges in the world including Yale, NYU, Brown, Vassar, RADA and Columbia.

Learn how Berridge can help you with your college goals.

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


Consider this program if you would like to:

  • build your artistic technique

  • prepare for college admissions

  • complete a portfolio of work

  • learn from industry professionals

  • connect with like-minded creative peers

  • build your confidence

  • experience college residential life

Do I need to audition?

No. There is only an audition/portfolio requirement if you are applying for a scholarship. 

What is the difference between a major and minor?

Majors offer a set of classes, final projects and individual tuition. Minors offer a broad overview with one 90-minute class in the afternoon.

How many students are on this program?

We have space for 20 students. 

What is your relationship to Westmont College?

Berridge Programs is hosted at but not affiliated with Westmont College. Westmont makes their facilities available to our program through their Conference Services.

Can I talk to some former students?

Yes of course! Get in touch for a list of references

Click here to read more FAQs.