Carnegie Mellon University Undergraduate Admission

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Summer Pre-College

Art & Design

Summer Pre-College Art & Design


The Summer Pre-College Art and Design program motivates, stimulates and prepares you as emerging artists and designers. Exploring traditional tools and new technologies in a variety of media leads you to develop conceptual and technical skills as well as your portfolio – all excellent preparation for applying to and succeeding in college-level art and design programs. Challenging courses, stimulating workshops, museum and gallery field trips, and energetic interaction with dedicated faculty and talented peers introduce you to the spirit and substance of an art and design school culture and environment.

The Program

During the summer Pre-College Program, you will attend morning and afternoon classes, Monday through Friday. You'll work in our beautiful, spacious studios in the historic College of Fine Arts building and Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall.

The summer Pre-College faculty at Carnegie Mellon are accomplished artists, designers and educators who share their expertise inside and outside the classroom. With small class sizes, you'll benefit from their individual attention, intense instruction and substantial constructive feedback. Instructors provide written evaluations of your work upon completion of the program.


Students work together in a large studio with individual workspaces. Sessions include individual instruction, in-class work sessions, critiques, lectures and field trips. Summer Pre-College Art & Design courses include: 

Art Studios

  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Digital Photography
  • Animation
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Communication Design
  • Industrial Design

There are many events and opportunities to enhance and supplement studio work, such as; including visits to local galleries and Pittsburgh based design firms, evening presentations by faculty, exhibitions of Carnegie Mellon student work and portfolio preparation and critique sessions.


Upon admission to the program, you'll receive a list of suggested materials. We strongly recommend that you purchase these items at the Carnegie Mellon Art Store. Material kits for each class will be prepared in advance with guidance from faculty. These kits can be purchased on the Saturday of orientation. It's highly recommended that you bring your own laptop and a high quality digital camera.

  • Sketchbooks (works in progress and new)
  • Tracing pad 19” x 24”
  • Pencils/sharpeners/pens/conte crayons/personal drawing materials
  • Kneaded eraser and Staedler Mars plastic eraser
  • Masking tape
  • Glue stick
  • X-Acto knife and blades
  • Scissors
  • Measuring devices (tapes/steel rulers etc)
  • 36” metal T-square
  • Plastic triangle 30/60/90
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Personal brushes and palette knives
  • Palette
  • Water containers
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