Pre-College Summer Program

2017PreCollege - Banner

About The Program

The Maryville University Pre-College Summer Program provides high school students who have completed grades 9-12 with the unique opportunity to study with college level faculty in a highly creative and enriching art school setting. Students will acquire art and design foundational concepts and skills, develop digital media projects, work with three-dimensional space and form, and gain exposure to the disciplines of interior and graphic design. Students will develop confidence in their work and learn about careers in art and design while producing projects suitable for college admissions portfolios.

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

2017 Dates & Sessions

All two-week sessions meet Monday – Friday from 9:00am to 3:30pm in 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.  Scheduled for the first Friday of each session is a group barbeque luncheon.

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

Introduction to Graphic Design

Experience the world of visual communication and begin to see and think like a designer.  Learn how to create a strong visual message while exploring individual and collaborative projects that include posters, typographic images, beginning animation, and package design using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Introduction to Architecture & 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 1, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Portfolio Workshop

Students will work with faculty to learn how to develop 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.

Session Two

July 24 – August 4, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Experimental Book Arts

In this course, students will explore the medium of the artist’s book. Through the use of collections, repetition, and order, participants will learn how to construct various book forms and structures while creating content both individually and collaboratively using digital and traditional mediums.

Digital Photography

Explore the potential for creating your own powerful photographic images. With access to digital SLR cameras, a state-of-the-art digital darkroom, and a large black box photography studio, this course emphasizes photographic techniques, creative and conceptual visual exploration, and image aesthetics. A great start of students considering a professional career in photography.






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 – July 3
  • Workshop – June 23


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