Summer Pre-College Architecture

Pre-College Architecture is an intensive and immersive summer program that engages high school students in the creative energy and speculative culture of the college-level experience, in studying the discipline of architecture. Pre-College Architecture introduces design practice, creative problem solving and critical thinking to young designers through a complex matrix of programming, pushing curiosity and by providing a strong basis for architectural education.

Students experience the dynamic of learning through making, in a studio environment, supported by structured integrated coursework in digital media, drawing, seminars and workshops, expanding their exploration of the theory, process and methodology of contemporary design practice. Pre-College Architecture is a powerful program, serving to build skills and evaluate the potential of future undergraduate students.



The Experience

Pre-College Architecture is designed to provide students with a strong foundation of skills and a clear idea of what to expect from a college-level accredited program in architecture.

Students experience the dynamic of learning through making in a studio environment, supported by structured integrated coursework in digital media, drawing, seminars, and workshops expanding their exploration of the theory, process, and methodology of contemporary design practice.

Architecture is a profession that occupies a unique role in the shaping of our built environment. Architecture is a progressive interdisciplinary course of study combining design creativity, historical perspective, technical knowledge and innovation, and social responsibility. Pre-College Architecture is structured to introduce you to the discipline of architecture and for you to experience the study of architecture in a university setting.


Pre-College Architecture is an immersive program that offers the intensive energy and dynamic creative culture of the college-level experience. Design success is largely the result of focused effort and intensity of investigation; students should expect to invest significant time working in the studio with fellow students outside of class (evenings and weekends) to develop and complete project coursework. 


The studio curriculum is designed to allow you to move freely between physical and virtual spatial investigations. Work alternates between theoretical projects represented through image and model, and installation projects created at full- scale. Pre-College Architecture courses include:

  • Design Studio
  • Drawing
  • Digital Media
  • Process and Form
  • Science in Design
  • Hands-On Workshops

No prior design, drawing or computer experience is necessary; if your skills in these areas are more advanced, our faculty and program will challenge you to develop them further. 

Tuition Waivers, Fees & Requirements

There are limited fee waivers available for students applying for Pre-College Architecture. Fee waivers cover the cost of tuition, housing and dining. All students are responsible for the costs of books, supplies, transportation and recreational expenses, with an average cost of $300. Students who are awarded fee waivers will be notified in their decision letter.

Students selected for a fee waiver can only enroll in the resident full-time six week option.

To be considered for a fee waiver, apply to the Architecture pre-college program here. When applying to this program, you'll be able to indicate you'd like to be considered for this opportunity.