Pre-College Art & Design Summer Program

About The Program

This program provides a unique opportunity for developing artists to build their portfolios while studying with college-level faculty in a highly creative and enriching art school setting.

The Program offers valuable art and design foundation coursework to students interested in digital imaging, sculpture, graphic design, illustration, crafts, interior design, paining, photography and video, as well as other areas.  All first-year students work on the same projects and cover the same information, while students who completed the Program in a prior year are assigned advanced projects.

Pre-College 2014 Art & Design Summer Program brochure

Participants will:

  • Acquire essential art and design foundation concepts and skills
  • Use exciting technology and develop your digital media skills
  • Gain exposure to the disciplines of Interior and Graphic Design
  • Develop sculpture with non-traditional materials
  • Gain confidence in your work
  • Produce projects suitable for college admissions portfolios
  • Gain experience working with three-dimensional space and form
  • Learn about careers in art and design
  • Form new friendships and have fun

2014 Dates & Sessions

All two-week sessions meet Monday – Friday from 9am to 3:30pm in the Art & Design facilities on main campus.  Students have 45 minutes for lunch and should plan to bring their own lunch with them each day.  In addition, the campus coffee shop and dining hall are available.  A lunch barbecue is scheduled for the First Friday of each session.

All sessions will conclude with a final exhibition and reception in the Student Gallery the last Friday of each session from 3:30 to 5:00pm.  Friends and family are welcomed to attend.

Session Two

July 7 – July 18, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.

Introduction to Interior Design
Gain exposure to the professional world of Interior Design and Architecture by exploring the foundations of Interior Design.  Learn to draw, design, and create in three-dimensional space; draw in scale; create models; and work with color in the context of interior spaces.

Introduction to Graphic Design
Explore the world of visual communication and begin to see and think like a designer.  Learn the elements of a strong visual message; create individual and collaborative projects (screen-printed posters, handmade books and packages).  We’ll explore the professional life of graphic designers and visit a design studio.  This session is a great follow-up to Digital Media and Design in Session One.

Session Three – CLOSED

July 21 – August 1, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.

Digital Photo
Digital photo is an introduction to the technical and aesthetic properties of digital photography with an emphasis on using a digital camera as a tool for electronic photographic image making. This course will explore black and white and color photography as an art medium and will emphasize specific and unique seeing as our goal.

Digital Film Making
Tell stories through the medium of digital video. Explore the fundamentals of filmmaking as well as learn to use tools such as DSLR cameras, lighting equipment, audio equipment and specialized editing software, in pursuit of further understanding the art of digital film making.

Program Costs

The cost is $500 per two-week session, $950 for two sessions, or $1400 for three sessions.  In addition, students are required to provide and to bring art supplies to classes each day.  A supply list will be sent to each student upon receipt of the registration form, recommendation letter and payment.  We regret that scholarships and/or other forms of financial aid are not available.

There will be a late registration fee of $15 for registrations submitted passed the date of:

•          Session One – May 19
•          Session Two – June 16
•          Session Three – June 30


Students who have completed the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades are invited to attend. While prior art classes or experiences are helpful, they are not necessary for participation.

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