Summer Pre-College Design
Pre-College Design is a unique opportunity to begin a future student’s true college design experience. Classes are taught by undergraduate School of Design faculty and Pre-College Design students are given a primer on the design principles and practices that are the cornerstone of the freshman year experience in the School of Design. Pre-College Design students get their own personal studio space, providing them with their first foray into “studio life.” The studio space immerses high school students into the collaborative studio experience, which closely mirrors an undergraduate's first year in the School of Design. By the end of the program, students will have portfolio pieces that have been critiqued by School of Design faculty. There will also be a showcase featuring all of the work completed during the six-week program, for fellow classmates, faculty and parents.
Pre-College Design 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 design. Sessions will consist of studio learning, lectures, critiques, field trips to museums, workspaces, and community spaces, and guided work sessions with faculty and professionals.
Students will experience the dynamic of learning through making in a studio environment. These experiences will include design research, conceptualization, three-dimensional design, working with images and text, and the presentation of their design work.
Pre-College Design is structured to introduce the discipline of design and to teach students the processes designers used to solve problems.
Pre-College Design is an immersive program that offers the intensive energy and the 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.
Students will need a digital camera and/or a phone capable of taking pictures and may be asked to purchase up to $250 in materials to support class work.
Our program is structured as a six-week program. Students will receive expert instruction in:
- Studio Design for Products, Communications, & Environments
- Design Drawing
- Design Photography
- Design Research & Problem Solving Methods
We provide an intensive introduction to design methods; however, no previous experience or specific computer skills are required to succeed. Please see our FAQ section for more detailed information.
There are limited fee waivers available for students applying for Pre-College Design. Fee waivers cover the cost of tuition, housing and dining. All students are responsible for the costs of materials/supplies, transportation and recreational expenses, with an average cost of $300-$500.
To be considered for a fee waiver, apply to the Design pre-college program here. When applying to this program, you'll be able to indicate you'd like to be considered for this opportunity.