Spark Weekend Academy

Spark is a short, weekend-long academic program for middle and high school students offered at the Georgia Center on UGA’s campus in Athens. This Weekend Academy has grown from our popular Summer Academy at UGA and provides two-day academic programs during the fall.

Our Spark: Weekend Academy programs are designed to let you live out your ambitions by taking a dive into a specific professional field. You’ll work with professionals and experts in the field to get practical experience and receive helpful advice on how to get where you want to go.

Spark Weekend Academy

Registration for fall 2021 Spark is Now Open

This fall, we have some very exciting new workshop options for you to choose from, such as stop motion animation, improv theatre, and modeling. Scroll down below to see what we have in store.

Our Spark workshop weekends will be during September 25th and 26th, October 9th and 10th, and November 13th and 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. here at the Georgia Center and nearby university buildings.

Phone Registration:
If you plan to register via phone to 706-542-3537, you will need to have already read and understood all of our waivers and acknowledgements. Please see the Enrollment Agreement and 2021 Spark: Weekend Academy at UGA Photo Release, Acknowledgments, & Waivers documents. Our staff will not be able to complete phone registrations unless you have read and understood these waivers and acknowledgements.

Please fill out the Medical Information Form and Authorization for Medical Care document. You will need this to register for Spark: Weekend Academy.


Weekend Accommodations for Families

For our families from outside Athens, make it a weekend you’ll remember in the Classic City. The Georgia Center hotel is available for reservations. Bring your child for an enriching learning experience and enjoy Athens as a family. Rates are from $129 to $169 per night. Visit the Hotel's web site for more information. Call 706-542-2134 to make a reservation. Mention Spark when you call for a 10% discount and breakfast for two.


Lunch Vouchers

We will be providing a set lunch menu during all three weekends for those interested in purchasing our $22 lunch voucher for their Spark weekend. When you register for your camp, this is an add-on that can be selected. Please see our 2021 Spark Menu for the lunch options both days.


To learn more about Spark: Weekend Academy programs in Athens, please contact us at youth@georgiacenter.uga.edu, 706-542-3537 or toll-free at 1-800-811-6640. You can also join our mailing list to receive camp updates.

For more information and to register, simply click on the program name below. Please note: programs labeled with “Session A, B” are multiple sessions of the same program.

Spark Program NameAgesFall 2021 Dates
Architecture and Design13-17November 13-14
Coding Weekend - Cancelled13-17October 9-10
Digital Film Workshop - Cancelled11-15October 9-10
Fashion Design13-17November 13-14
Introduction to Voice Acting: Online - Cancelled14-17November 13-14
Modeling and Personal Development - Cancelled14-17October 9-10
Musical Theatre Audition Technique and Preparation - Cancelled15-17November 13-14
Poster Graphic Design: Typography - Cancelled14-17October 9-10