Pre-College Art & Design Summer Program

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This program provides a unique opportunity for developing designers and artists to build their portfolios while working 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, graphic design, illustration, interior design, photography, architecture and model making, as well as other areas.  Students who completed the program in a prior year are assigned advanced projects.

Participants will:

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

2015 Dates & Sessions

All two-week sessions meet Monday – Friday from 9:00am 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 3:30pm to 4:30pm.  Friends and family are welcome to attend! 

Session One

June 15 – June 26, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Digital Media Design

Explore graphic design and computer-generated imagery using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.  Students will learn skills in image making and typography, access exciting technology, and complete a variety of graphic design and digital illustration projects. This course is designed to enhance student’s presentation and visual communication skills.

Architectural Drawing and Modeling

This course will explore hand drawing and model-making as it pertains to the built environment.  Students will explore sketching spaces utilizing a variety of media and drawing techniques, and will gain experience building three-dimensional models.  This course is appropriate for all students considering future careers in architecture, interior design, or landscape architecture, and is also a great “portfolio-builder” for any students interested in art and design!  

Session Two

July 13 – July 24, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
We’ll explore the professional life of graphic designers and visit a design studio. 

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).  This session is a great follow-up to Digital Media and Design in Session One.

Introduction to Interior Design

This course is an introduction to the interior design profession and a foundation for the appreciation and enjoyment of design for the built environment.  Students will learn to use drawing as communication and will produce multi-view and perspective drawings.


July 25, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Portfolio Workshop

Students will work with faculty to learn how to put together a strong digital and print portfolio.  This small group will explore current digital formats, best practices for archiving work and gain hands on experience developing their own portfolio.

Program Costs

The cost per two-week session is $500 for one session or $950 for two sessions. The cost of the one day Saturday workshop is $65 per student.  Spacing is limited, so please register early!

In addition, students are required to provide and 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.

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

  • Session One – May 29
  • Session Two – June 26
  • Workshop – July 10


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.


Students are accepted on a first-come basis.  A portfolio review is not required.  A letter of recommendation from an art teacher, school counselor or specialty teacher is required for each student.  Register online at:  www.maryville.edu/summerprograms/art-design/register/

For Further Information

Maryville University Art & Design Office
314.529.9381 or email jerickson@maryville.edu