Unlock your artistic potential in Iowa City, IA
ICON OFFERS AN IN-PERSON, INTENSIVE ARTS EDUCATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AGES 14-19, COMPLEMENTED WITH AN ONLINE ACADEMIC COURSE OF STUDY.
ICON Arts Academy embraces Project-based learning (PBL) at the heart of our curricular design.
This 21st-century approach to learning is student-centered and brings real world applications to arts education. The teacher acts as a facilitator for student learning, scaffolding deep engagement in artistic content as students engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary learning opportunities.
At the heart of PBL is a deep understanding of content, mastery of skills and personally satisfying, relevant student project outcomes. We strive to facilitate authentic arts experiences, growing students’ skill and expertise through hands-on, innovative projects, centered both within their own discipline and across majors. Arts-rich PBL contexts build 21st century skills: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.
Students attend ICON from 9AM – 4PM Monday-Friday, with more than 20 hours of arts education weekly. We offer studies in the areas of classical and contemporary dance, vocal/percussive music and composition, theatre/musical theatre, and design and production.
Students take core classes within their chosen arts major to pursue their interests in depth, and select electives to round out their arts education. Opportunities for collaboration within and across majors are built into our programming daily, and our faculty is committed to facilitating interdisciplinary artistic projects with rich outcomes for every student-artist.
Students have the option to commute daily to ICON from their home or live on campus in apartment-style co-op living within three blocks of the school. All boarding students have live-in chaperones, with low chaperone-to-student ratios.
According to Livability.com, Iowa City packs a ton of cultural and recreational opportunities within a safe, caring town for the education and arts.
Iowa City systematically provides diverse, gifted artists from around the world ample opportunities to engage schools, venues, audiences, and souls with what they create. Tradition blends with innovation and the inspiring mentor the aspiring. Farmers’ markets, vibrant murals, and downtown festivals all thrive in Iowa City because of intention. The canvas is ever-changing, but the commitment to growth and creativity endures.