Summer Pre-College Art Programs for High School Students and Middle School Students
Program: Rhode Island School of Art and 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 website: http://www.risd.com/cfm/precollege.cfm
Program: School of the Art Institute of Chicago Early College Program Summer 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.
Program website: saic.edu/ecp
Program Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program: Ringling College of Art and Design PreCollege Perspective for High School Students: Sarasota, FL
Description: The four-week residential art prepares high school students for their transition to art college by offering them an opportunity to experience college life and study an undergraduate-level visual arts curriculum. The program, led by Ringling College faculty, combines intensive studio instruction in five fundamental art and design courses, with in-depth, major-specific immersion workshops. Students build their knowledge of materials and technique, strengthen their ability to solve visual problems, and develop the tools to create strong portfolios for college admissions and scholarships. Successful completion of PreCollege Perspective earns 3 college credits.
- Study with Ringling College faculty in their chosen majors.
- Build and strengthen their skills so they’re primed for their 1st year as Ringling students.
- Get comfortable with project-based learning and the project pace.
- Build relationships with faculty and Ringling upper classmen who will be their mentors.
- Learn their way around the studios, labs and campus.
- Earn 3 college credits.
Participants: Co-ed high school students ages 16-18.
Program website: ringling.edu/precollege
Program email: email@example.com
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: http://www.jkcp.com/artsatpenn/
Program: University of Pennsylvania 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: http://www.jkcp.com/architecture/
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.
Eligible Participants: High school students
Program website: http://www.goabbeyroad.com
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 website: http://www.lesley.edu/aib/curriculum/precollege.html
Program: iD Film Academy Summer Pre-College Program for Teens
Description: Put your creativity to use while exploring the NYU, UC Berkeley, or Yale campus and using New York City, the SF Bay Area, or New Haven, CT as your film or photography backdrop. Pre-college summer programs where ages 13-18 discover how visual arts can lead to a college degree and even a rewarding career. Learn from experienced Academy faculty, tour a film studio, and explore a top university like NYU, UC Berkeley, or Yale. Collaborate in small classes (max 8:1 student to instructor ratio, guaranteed) and work with Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. Graduate with a portfolio and receive (optional) accredited Continuing Education Units. Additional Academies include iD Programming Academy and iD Game Design & Development Academy. Weeklong, day and overnight camps for kids and teens ages 7-17 at iD Tech Camps.
Participants: High school students and middle school students (13-18).
Program Website: iD Film Academy Pre-College Program for Teens
Program: Alfred University Summer Programs for High School Students - Art Options: "Art Porfolio 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: www.alfred.edu/summer/camps/
Program: Summer Educational Experience at Elmira College - Art Courses: "Video Art Production - Video Magic" and "Ink, Paper, Fabric: Traditional and Modern Printmaking Techniques": Elmira, New York
Description: At SEE EC, high school students will experience college life, attend innovative, small classes led by some of our best faculty, and earn three (3) college credits. This college experience will be educational and fun. A key component of this program is a focus on College Success Skills that will help to better prepare the attendees for a successful transition to college when the time comes. Additionally, the program includes many fun activities, including three off-campus excursions. All transportation and fees are included in the program cost. Mark Twain did his best work during his Summers in Elmira, so can you! Art Courses are available - "Video Art Production - Video Magic"and "Ink, Paper, Fabric: Traditional and Modern Printmaking Techniques".
Participants: High School Students, grades 10, 11, and 12.
Program website: http://www.elmira.edu/academics/The_EC_Experience/See_EC/index.html
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 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Contact Information: Contact Lisa Kujawa at email@example.com
Program website: http://ltu.edu/community_k12/summer_camps.asp
Program: Emerson College Summer Programs for High School Students: Boston Massachusetts
Description: Emerson College offer 5-week pre-college academic summer programs in filmmaking, acting, musical theatre performing, stage design, and creative writing; and 2-week programs in journalism and political communication (PAL). 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 10, 11 and 12 during the 2014-2015 academic year may apply to programs in Stage Design, Filmmaking, Creative Writing, Journalism, or Political Communication. Students entering grades 11 and 12 may apply to Studio Programs in Acting or Musical Theatre. Rising seniors and exceptional rising juniors may apply to participate in Pre-College Credit Programs in either Film Writing or Film Production, where they will earn 8-college credits upon successful completion of the 5-week credit program.
Program website: http://www.emerson.edu/academics/professional-studies/programs-high-school-students
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: www.summercollege.syr.edu
Program: Pre-College at Skidmore for High School Students: Saratoga Springs, New York
Description: Try college on before taking college on! Skidmore's prestigious Pre-College Program in the Liberal and Studio Arts has been preparing talented high school students for college success for more than forty years. High-achieving sophomores, juniors, and seniors from across the country and around the world travel to our Saratoga Springs campus each summer to take part in Skidmore’s five-week Pre-College Program. Students engage in college-level study in the liberal and studio arts amid a beautiful upstate New York campus setting.
In Skidmore’s Pre-College Program, high school students earn college credit while studying alongside college students. They work with Skidmore’s nationally recognized faculty and visiting artists and enjoy access to the College’s state-of-the-art facilities and resources. Do your interests range from math to studio art, psychology to English, economics to religion? Skidmore’s unique curriculum allows students to take either two liberal arts courses, two studio art courses, or one of each. Choose a class in an area where your strengths lie, or delve into an unexplored subject to challenge your perceptions and discover new fields of knowledge.
At Skidmore, high school students prepare for college success while living together, cultivating new friendships, and discovering the right balance between work and fun. A carefully selected and trained residential staff lives with Pre-College students in their own private residence hall. The residential life program, designed to support and complement academic and artistic endeavors, ensures that students' social lives are every bit as exhilarating as their intellectual lives.
Find out for yourself why Skidmore Pre-College alumni describe the program as challenging, fun, enlightening, life-changing, mind-altering, motivational, experimental, adventurous, to name just a few. Come spend July with us and discover your future.
Participants: Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Program website: www.skidmore.edu/precollege
Program: Discovery Internships Summer Internship Programs 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, London, and Shanghai 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: http://www.discoveryinternships.com/internship-industries/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 48 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 4 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: http://www.summerdiscovery.com
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: http://www.jrdiscovery.com
Program: Columbus College of Art & Design's Summer College Pre-View Day and Discovery Club for High School Students and Middle School Students: Columbus, Ohio
Description: College PreView at Columbus College of Art & Design offers rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors an exhilarating three-week college experience in art and design. Live in our residence halls, take classes with our faculty, meet professional artists, exhibit your work, explore Columbus and its art scene, and consider a trip to New York City. If you’ll be entering grade 10, 11, or 12 next fall and are considering a future in the visual arts, this is the program that will make your decision clear—and earn you three college credits (with an additional credit if you complete the New York Art Excursion). New for 2013 is a College PreView program designed for students entering grades 7, 8, 9, or 10 next fall.
Participants: Students entering grades 7 - 12.
Program website: http://www.ccad.edu/programs-of-study/community-classes/college-preview/
Program: Montserrat College of Art Pre-College Program for High School Students: Beverly, MA
Description: Imagine spending 3 weeks this summer living, breathing, talking about, and making art at Montserrat College of Art. With Montserrat's summer art courses, you’ll explore new ideas with other students and learn new techniques from a faculty of distinguished working artists. All in a lively historic coastal town on Boston’s beautiful North Shore.
Participants: High School Students
Program website: http://www.montserrat.edu/continuing-ed/summer-pre-college.php
Program: Memphis College of Art Summer Programs 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: http://www.mca.edu/publicprogramscommedsummerartcamp
Program: Kansas City Institute of Art Summer Pre-College Program for High School Students: Kansas City, Missouri
Description: Kansas City Insitute 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: http://www.kcai.edu/continuing-education/programs/youth
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: http://www.bowdoin.edu/summer-programs/programs/bowdoin-art-camp.shtml
Program: The Art Institute of Atlanta Summer Studio Pre-College Program for High School Students: Atlanta, Georgia
Description: REALIZE YOUR POTENTIAL Our creative workshops put you in a hands-on, collaborative environment learning new skills and creating an awesome final project under the artistic and technical guidance of our industry-savvy instructors.
FORECAST YOUR FUTURE As a high school junior you have a unique opportunity to see if our creative community is where you belong. You’ll have the chance to experience firsthand what it’s like to pursue your passion and apply your talent here. Meet other creative minds and take a week to discover what a creative education could be like.
Participants: High school students.
Program Website: http://www.summerstudio.com/atlanta/
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.
Eligible Participants: High school students.
Program website: http://www.spiabroad.com/
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: http://artsci.ucla.edu/summer
Program: Savannah College of Art and Design Summer Art Programs 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 website: http://www.scad.edu/academics/pre-college-summer-programs/scad-summer-seminars
Program: Ball State University Summer Art and Design Works Studio Program for High School Students: Muncie, Indiana
Description: Fascination with architecture and environmental design can start at a very young age—even in grade school, as any kid who likes 3-D puzzles, building toys, or working in the garden will tell you. But where can a student approaching college age have an opportunity to really explore the fields and see how they feel as career possibilities? There’s no better place than the high school summer workshop offered by Ball State's College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) this summer. True to Ball State’s commitment to experiential learning, this two-week session offers a hands-on immersion into the exciting world of environmental design and problem solving, with fun and creative activities led by CAP faculty. The program also includes a field trip experience to a place where students may experience a diversity of environmental design, such as a major metropolitan area or an architectural Mecca such as the unusual Indiana community of Columbus. Students stay together in university housing and in their free time can explore a variety of campus recreational and entertainment options.
Participants: High school students.
Program website: http://cms.bsu.edu/Academics/CollegesandDepartments/CAP/SummerWorkshop.aspx
Program: Maryland Institute College of Art Summer Pre-College 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: http://www.mica.edu/Programs_of_Study/Programs_for_Children_and_Teens/Programs_for_High_School_Students/Summer_Pre-College.html
Program: Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Program for High School Students: Art Course Option: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Description: This program provides students with the opportunity to explore and gain experience in an area of interest including: architecture, art, design, drama, or music.
Participants: Students who have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade by the summer.
Program website: http://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/pre-college/