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Program: University of Pennsylvania Summer Art Program for High School Students: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Description: This pre-college art program prepares students ages 14 – 18 for college admissions as you experience college life and create your portfolio. You'll work with Penn Faculty in Penn's art studios as you create art and develop your artistic expression. Art students choose various classes ranging from drawing and painting to graphic design and filmmaking. Experiment with different artistic disciplines, learn new skills, and build your visual portfolio.

Students also live at the University of Pennsylvania, and participate in evening activities and weekend trips to places such as New York city, Washington D.C., Baltimore, MD, and more.

Participants: High school students, ages 14 - 18.
Program website: University of Pennsylvania Summer Pre-College Art Program
Program: Walnut Hill School for the Arts Summer Vistual Arts Program: Natick, Massachusetts
Description: The Walnut Hill Summer Programs in Dance, Theater, Visual Art, and Writing & Film, offer students a challenging and fun experience, surrounded by supportive faculty and other young artists who share their passion.
Participants: High school students and middle school students (ages 12-17).
Program website: Walnut Hill School for the Arts Summer Visual Art Program
Program: Abbey Road Academic Study Abroad Programs for High School Students - Learn about Art and Art History
Description: Abbey Road provides quality academic study abroad summer programs that facilitate cross-cultural understanding, personal growth and academic enrichment. Abbey Road was created through a collaboration of the best young professionals and educators from top schools and esteemed institutions in the United States and Europe. The study abroad summer programs are designed for high school students to be able to experience true cultural and language immersion abroad and pre-college preparation, SAT prep and enrichment in the U.S. Our academic curriculum includes a wide variety of subjects, from international relations and leadership to environmental politics, from art and art history to foreign languages and cultures, from sports to photography, fashion and cuisine.
Participants: High school students.
Program website: Abbey Road Pre-College Study Abroad and Enrichment Programs
Program: Alfred University Summer Programs for High School Students - Art Options: "Art Portfolio Prep" and "Ceramics & Glass Engineering: Alfred, New York
Description: Alfred University’s residential summer programs offer in-depth instruction in Astronomy, Art Portfolio Prep, Creative Writing, Consumer Chemistry, Computers, Ceramic & Glass Engineering, Robotics, Renewable Energy Engineering, Theater, Equestrian and Swimming. Classes, taught by distinguished members of the University faculty and advanced graduate students, are kept small to allow for lots of individualized attention. When not in class, campers enjoy fun recreational activities along with time to relax and get to know one another. Out-of-class supervision is provided by our team of Resident Assistants, who are specially trained to serve as camp counselors, positive role models, mentors and friends. Our campus is located in a peaceful village in western New York State, surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys. Campers stay in clean, modern residence halls and all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals are served in the University dining hall. With Alfred University’s excellence in teaching and quality programming, this is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week or two learning, making friends, and experiencing life on a college campus!
Participants: high school students - ages 14-17.
Program website: Alfred University Summer Programs
Program: The Art Institute of Atlanta Summer Studio Pre-College Program for High School Students: Atlanta, Georgia
Description: The Art Institute of Atlanta offers summer workshops that enable students to participate hands-on activities in a collaborative environment learning environment. Students have a chance to develop new skills and create a final project under the artistic and technical guidance of instructors.
Participants: High school students (juniors).
Program Website: The Art Institute of Atlanta Summer Pre-College Program
Program: Ball State University Summer Art and Design Works Studio Summer Program for High School Students: Muncie, Indiana
Description: Ball State University offers a summer art workshop for high school students through the  College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) this summer. Student have the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences, learn from experts in the field of art, go on field trips, and meet peers with similar interests. Students also have a chance to experience a feel for college life on the Ball's State's campus.
Participants: High school students.
Program website: Ball State University Design Works Studio Summer Program
Program: Bowdoin Summer Art Camp for High School Students, Middle School Students and Kids: Brunswick, Maine
Description: The Bowdoin Summer Art Camp is a fully-supervised day in the art studio that nurtures seeing, exploration, and creativity in young people.  No experience or expertise is necessary. Art Camp is open to children aged 5 - 15 with the enthusiasm for the process of making art, and a willingness to experiment with new ways of seeing. Each session is designed to work as a separate unit, but a child may enroll in more than one session as long as he or she is the appropriate age.
Participants: High school students, middle school students, and elementary students - ages 5 - 15.
Program website: Bowdoin Summer Art Camp
Program: Carnegie Mellon University Summer Pre-College Art and Design Program for High School Students:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Description: This program provides students with the opportunity to explore various aspects of art and design such as drawing, sculpture, photography, animation, ceramics, painting, and printmaking. Students have the opportunity to improve their art skills and to work with accomplished artists. Students also have a chance to learn about the Carnegie Mellon campus.
Participants: High school students.
Program website
Carnegie Mellon University Summer Pre-College Art and Design Program
Program: Art & Design Portfolio-Building Course: 3 credits at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont
Description: A 16-day intensive summer learning program providing current high school students with an opportunity to create or refine their personal portfolios, get a taste of college life and earn three transferable college credits. Using the state-of-the-art facilities on the hillside campus of Champlain College, students are immersed in graphic design foundational studies including observational drawing, an introduction to color and composition, and digital skill building. The program includes a mock internship experience that engages them with design professionals and provides the opportunity to create a "real-world" project. Students are encouraged to bring their existing work or portfolios for review and will receive personalized and constructive advice on how to refine their work for college admittance.
Participants: Rising high school sophomores, juniors & seniors
Program website: Graphic Design Portfolio Art Course
Program: Summer Pre-College Program for High School Students at Elmira College - Art Courses: Print Making Techniques and Video Magic: Elmira, New York
Description: Elmira College’s residential Pre-College Program provides an opportunity for high school students to experience college life and take college-level courses while living in a diverse campus environment. The Program offers several courses in a variety of different fields designed for rising junior and senior high school students. Summer Pre-College allows participants to experience college life while they explore academic areas of interest in courses taught by faculty who are experts in their fields. Elmira College’s Summer Pre-College also features a one-week Racing Challenge, which combines a one-credit Math class with engineering skills designed to teach the science of motor sports through mathematical modeling, physics and analysis. Credits earned during the two-week summer college program are accepted at Elmira College and are normally transferable to other colleges.
Participants: High school students - entering grades 11 and 12.
Program website: Summer Pre-College Program at Elmira College
Program: Emerson College Summer Pre-College Programs for High School Students - Summer Art and Performing Art Programs: Boston, Massachusetts
Description: Emerson College offers 5-week pre-college academic summer programs in acting, musical theatre performing, and stage design. At Emerson, students focus on acquiring skills by doing, meet other students who share their passion for arts and communication, and gain an understanding of college life.
Participants: High school students entering grades 11 and 12 during the 2015-2016 academic year should apply to Acting Studio, Musical Theatre Studio, or Stage Design Studio. Rising seniors and exceptional rising juniors may apply to participate in Acting Studio or Musical Theatre Studio to earn college credits upon successful program completion.
Program website: Emerson College Summer Pre-College Programs
Program: Kansas City Institute of Art Summer Pre-College Art Program for High School Students: Kansas City, Missouri
Description: Kansas City Institute of Art Pre-College ArtLab (PCAL) is a three-week residency program for freshman through senior high school students. Seniors who have already graduated are welcome to apply. Students accepted into the PCAL program will choose a studio major and also take a liberal arts course as well as an intensive life drawing course. The program will help students discover first hand the commitment it takes to be an artist.
Participants: High school students.
Program website: Kansas City Institute of Art Summer Pre-College Program
Program: Lawrence Technological University Art, Architecture, and Design Summer Camps for High School Students: Southfield, Michigan
Description: LTU offers stimulating academic camps for high school students interested in engineering, technology, design, and science. Professors will introduce you to the latest innovations in modern labs and studios on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus in Southfield, Michigan. You can choose from more than two dozen leading-edge camps, including forensic science, web design, biomedical engineering, robotics, and architecture.
Enjoy day camps or opt for a residential camp. You’ll live in student housing, eat in the cafeteria, and participate in a fun selection of organized activities each evening. Current Lawrence Tech students will be on hand to assist campers.
Participants: High school students.
Program website
: Lawrence Tech Summer Camps
Program: Lesley University Summer Pre-College Summer Art Program - The Art Institute of Boston: Boston, MA
Description: Study art in a college environment with professional artists. Our pre-college programs are especially designed to challenge your imagination and encourage your creative growth.
Participants: High school students.
Program websiteLesley University Summer Pre-College Art Program
Program:  Maryland Institute College of Art Summer Pre-College Art Program for High School Students: Baltimore, Maryland
Description: This summer, experience one of the most challenging and rewarding opportunities for young artists and designers. Collaborate with MICA expert faculty, visiting working professionals, earn college credit, learn how to put together an application portfolio that stands out, and dramatically expand your creative skills. Live, learn, and socialize on campus with other creative-minded students like you from all over the world.
Participants: High school students.
Program website: Maryland Institute College of Art Summer Pre-College Program
Program: Memphis College of Art Summer Pre-College Camps for High School Students and Middle School Students: Memphis, Tennessee
Description: Explore, discover, create and have fun in Memphis College of Art’s Summer Art Camp. We offer qualified teaching artists, small class sizes, a variety of media and excellent facilities. Classes range from exploratory creative expression to intensive investigation of design principles. We are committed to nurturing children’s love for creating art, whatever their age, interest or skill level may be.  The camp includes exciting classes for all ages.  Middle and high school students can choose from drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, design, and much more. Rising juniors and seniors can develop a portfolio in an intensive class designed to prepare them for the college application process.
Participants: High school students and middle school students.
Program website: Memphis College of Art Summer Pre-College Camps
Program: Oklahoma State University Summer Art Academy for Junior High and High School Students: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Description: The Summer Art Academy is a non-credit commuter program of summer classes for Junior High and High School students (ages 13-18). Classes meet during the day, and students are asked to bring a sack lunch. All courses are taught by full time faculty at OSU. Flexible schedule of classes. Classes available include: Watercolor, Jewelry Making, 2D Art, Graphic Art, and Art History and Museum Studies. Students may attend one or two week blocks under the guidance of master instructors. Student may enroll in any combination of classes. Most materials included in registration fee. Registration fees per class/per week. For more information see the website or call (405) 744-5647.
Participants: Junior High (8th & 9th) & High School students (10-12) (ages 13-18).
Program website: Oklahoma State University Summer Art Academy
Program: University of Pennsylvania Pre-College Summer Architecture Program for High School Students: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Description: In-depth architecture program for students ages 14-18 at the University of Pennsylvania. Express your personal ideas as you explore the architectural design process, from drawing by hand and computer to constructing scale models. Working alongside a culturally diverse mix of students, you'll use the city of Philadelphia's architecture as inspiration and produce your own portfolio.
Participants: High school students, ages 14 - 18.
Program website: University of Pennsylvania Summer Architecture
Program: Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Summer Pre-College Program for High School Students: Providence, RI
Description: The six-week residential Pre-College Program offers 16- to 18-year-old high school students a comprehensive introduction to the college art school experience. Students follow a college-like studio curriculum and live in RISD residence halls, in a full-immersion encounter with art and design education at the highest level. The program is focused, serious and challenging, as students experience the core elements of a RISD education—critical thinking and artmaking—from foundation drawing and design courses, to critical studies in art history, to focused concentration in one of 20 diverse majors.
Participants: Students Ages 16-18
Program websiteRhode Island School Design Pre-College Summer Art Program
Program: Ringling College PreCollege Perspective Summer Art Program for High School Students: Sarasota, Florida
Description: PreCollege is an extraordinary experience designed to give you the tools needed to develop a strong portfolio of work to open doors to college admissions, scholarships, and other long-term career goals, and to help you succeed with your transition to college.

  • EXPERIENCE total creative immersion designed to help you discover your artistic strengths.
  • CREATE your future through project-based explorations grounded in the majors.
  • Explore multiple majors for exposure to varied approaches and mediums as you build observational, technical and analytical skills in immersive investigations.
  • Unleash your potential as you experiment, take risks and make mistakes!
  • Learn how to analyze and discuss your work, and the work of others in guided critique sessions designed to bolster visual vocabulary while bringing clarity to the strengths and weaknesses in your artistic practice.
  • DISCOVER what it means to be a professional creative while working on the cutting edge of studio practice in media, studio, and design arts.
  • FOCUS on your long-term creative career goals while you strengthen your portfolio for college admission and scholarships.
  • BUILD lasting friendships that will become the foundation of your creative professional network.
  • CONFIRM you’re on the right track or use your new knowledge to consider the better major for you.
  • EARN 3 college credits to jump-start your college goals.

Participants: PreCollege is open to high school students ages 16-18 rising into their junior and senior years or just graduating.
Program website: Ringling PreCollege Perspective

Program: Savannah College of Art and Design Summer Art Program for High School Students: Atlanta Georgia
Description:  Savannah College of Art and Design has summer programs available in variety of art related fields.  Students can sign up for workshops in areas such as bring artwork to life: animation basics, drawing studio: still life, the painter's studio: acrylic media, and setting the scene: producing design basics.
Participants:  There are programs available for students who have completed their 9th, 10th, or 11th grade years of high school.
Program websiteSavannah College of Art and Design Summer Art Program
Program: School of the Art Institute of Chicago Early College Program Summer Art Institute for High School Students: Chicago, Illinois
Description: Ideas matter. At SAIC, we believe meaning and making are inseparable. Our studios are laboratories, where conceptual thinking, art making, and design skills are developed and strengthened. The Early College Program (ECP) Summer Institute provides high school students the necessary creative freedom to develop a structured dialogue between ideas and process. Mirroring the methods and practices of contemporary artists and designers, students choose courses within focused disciplines, yet retain opportunities to freely explore media in order to build a strong portfolio. Students are encouraged to explore a wide variety of materials and processes to discover new ways of defining their creative practice.

Why ECP Summer Institute?

  • Students who complete the ECP Summer Institute receive college credit and have the portfolio requirement of their SAIC undergraduate application waived.
  • ECP Summer Institute students receive college-level instruction from SAIC’s outstanding faculty with additional support from student Teaching Assistants.
  • Individual portfolio review sessions are available.
  • Students have access to SAIC’s extensive resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum.

Participants: High school students who have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year are eligible to enroll in the ECP Summer Institute. Housing, merit scholarships, and need-based aid are available. Two- and three-week sessions.
Program email:
Program website: School of the Art Institute of Chicago Early College Program Summer Institute

Program: SPI Summer Study Abroad, Language Immersion, and Global Leadership Programs for High School Students
Description: Founded in 1996, SPI High School Study Abroad Programs offers high quality French, Italian, Chinese, and Spanish language immersion summer programs exclusively for high school students.  We believe traveling abroad develops independence and maturity by expanding students knowledge of the world and increasing their understanding of other cultures. All SPI high school study abroad programs are unique and personalized global experiences designed to build leadership qualities that help students succeed both in college and in their future endeavors.  Our programs are guided by experienced educators with small group sizes that make traveling abroad exciting, educational, and truly inspiring.
Participants: High school students.
Program website: SPI Study Abroad Summer Programs
Program: Summer Discovery Internships for High School Students - Internships in Photography
Description: The Discovery Internships program is a 4 week all-inclusive summer internship experience. We offer customized internships in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and London in 25+ industries including Finance, Entrepreneurship, Medicine, Law, Fashion, Film & Television, Public Relations, Veterinary Medicine and many more. Whether you are a high school student looking to gain clarity on college choices or fields of potential study or just looking for a meaningful summer in one of the greatest cities in the world, you’ve come to the right place. Whatever your needs, Discovery Internships' customized programs will help you explore your future. In addition to gaining hands-on, career-focused learning opportunities, participants explore and live in an exciting city. Our programs feature a safe and fun living and learning environment based in a college residence hall. A meal plan, 24-hour staff supervision, and a host of cultural, recreational, and other community events and excursions around the city are all included. Our participants receive access to supplementary professional development workshops that enhance the internship learning experience and help students excel in both the college classroom and the workplace. Students receive academic credit for their internship and completion of coursework from New York University (NYU).
Participants: High school students in grades 10, 11, and 12 (ages 15-18).
Program website: Discovery Internships in Photography
Program: Summer Discovery Pre-College Summer Enrichment Programs for High School Students
Description: Summer Discovery is an all-inclusive pre-college experience; living on a college campus, participating in activities, exploring great cities, having fun and making friends from all over the world. Freedom with support and balance, that's Summer Discovery. For over 49 years, high school students from around the globe have enjoyed summers filled with fun, educational, and innovative activities. While visiting our website, take time to learn about our over 300 course offerings at your program of interest - college credit, research, engineering, sport management, leadership programs, SAT prep, enrichment, writing, community service, college admissions prep, tennis, cooking, and many others. Summer Discovery offers programs at 13 different locations in 3 countries, and works with universities of the highest caliber, such as University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, Georgetown, and many more! We invite you to join a wonderful group of teenagers from all over the U.S. and around the world this summer and experience a great summer program for teens!
Participants: High school students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 (ages 14-18).
Program website: Summer Discovery Pre-College Enrichment Programs
Program: Jr. Discovery Summer Enrichment Program for Middle School Students
Description: Jr. Discovery is a unique 3 week summer enrichment experience for teenagers completing grades 6, 7 and 8. At Jr. Discovery, learning is everywhere - in the classroom, dorm room, dining hall, on-stage, the tennis court or ball field, on trips and excursions, and the daily interaction between peers, dynamic teachers and Resident Counselors. Since 1966, the Musiker Family has been directing outstanding educational experiences for teenagers. As parents ourselves, we realize middle school students are at an important crossroads in their development. Life poses many new challenges, opportunities, emotions, and rewards. Jr. Discovery is designed to facilitate a positive transition from adolescence to young adulthood and from middle school to high school. Our innovative Skills for Mind and Body curriculum inspires independent thinking, creativity, personal growth, self-confidence, time management and life skills. Additionally, through cooperative living and positive mentoring by a superb group of Resident Counselors, our students experience the finest, caring supervision, group dynamics, and mutual respect. Best of all, Jr. Discovery is a summer of new friendships with students from all over the USA and the world. In the Jr. Discovery community, everyone is welcome and everyone belongs. We look forward to welcoming you to our community this summer.
Participants: Middle school students in grades 6, 7, and 8 (ages 12-14).
Program website: Junior Discovery Summer Enrichment Programs
Program:  Syracuse University Summer College for High School Students - Art Course Options: Syracuse, NY
Description:  Summer College offers unique programs designed to let students explore talents and interests through credit and noncredit academic programs ranging from 2 to 6-weeks in length. Courses and programs are offered in more than 25 academic departments. All programs are designed to give you a realistic view of undergraduate coursework in a field that interests you.
Participants:  High school students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school
Program website: Syracuse University Summer College
Program:  UCLA Sci | Art Nanolab Summer Institute for High School Students: Los Angeles, California
Description: The Sci | Art NanoLab is a highly competitive summer program for high school juniors and seniors interested in collaborating with diverse and notable minds to challenge traditional, polarized perspectives of the arts and sciences. Throughout the 2-week intensive program, students will make connections between cutting edge scientific research, popular culture and contemporary arts. Lab visits, workshops, hands-on experiments, and meetings with world renowned scientists will be balanced with visits to museums, daily movie screenings and meetings with famous contemporary artists who collaborate with scientists.

NANOTECH LECTURES AND HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE:  Access to scholars in 15 cutting-edge labs from 7 nationally top-ranked departments operating at the forefront of nanoscience research.

IMAGINE THE IMPOSSIBLE:  The program culminates in a public presentation + exhibition of student’s think-tank research.

EXPERIENCE COLLEGE AND BUILDA UNIQUE PORTFOLIO: Earn 4 units of transferable UCLA College credits! Students have full access to all UCLA facilities.

EXPLORE ART AND SCIENCE IN LOS ANGELES:  Tours and fieldtrips to museums and laboratories in and around Los Angeles.

Participants: High School Juniors and Seniors.
Program website: UCLA Sci | Art Nanolab Summer Institute
Program: US Performing Arts Summer Camps: Multiple Locations
Description: US Performing Arts Camps (est. 2001) is the premier network of summer programs in the performing arts and media in the US for students 11-20 years of age. It is an opportunity for students to see and be seen by top-tier colleges and universities before making their college decision. Experiencing specific college curriculum for credit or enrichment, taught by university faculty and their invited professional guests, students and faculty can make more informed decisions for the students' future study. You can find us on the web at
Participants: Students 11 - 20 Years of Age.
Program website: US Performing Arts Summer Camps


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