Summer Pre-College Architecture

The study of architecture is an exciting multidisciplinary activity that combines design creativity, historical perspective, technical excellence, social responsibility, and global and environmental leadership. The summer Pre-College Architecture program is structured to introduce you to each of these areas and for you to experience studying architecture in a university setting.

For more information on the Pre-College Architecture program and the School of Architecture, please visit the departmental page.

The Experience

The summer Pre-College Architecture program 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.

Summer Pre-College students in Architecture will experience the dynamic of learning through making in a studio environment. The integrated and diverse mix of seminar courses, digital design and drawing workshops, and the core design studio, introduces students to 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. The summer Pre-College Architecture program is structured to introduce you to the discipline of architecture and for you to experience the study of architecture in a university setting.


Summer 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. 


Our program is structured to allow for enrollment in either a three- or six-week program. Students are encouraged to enroll in the full six-week program to allow for a more comprehensive learning experience and greater development of technical and creative skills. Skills are developed cumulatively; as skills learned in the first three weeks of the program are essential to the development of project work in the final three weeks, please note that the three-week program option is only available for weeks 1-3. 

  • Design Studio
  • Drawing
  • Digital Media
  • Seminars and Special Lectures

We provide an intensive introduction to design, drawing, and the use of creative digital software; however, no previous experience or specific computer skills are required to succeed. Please see our FAQ section for more detailed information. 


Resident (6 week program) - $8,080
Resident (3 week program) - $4,540
Commuter (6 week program - $5,766
Commuter (3 week program) - $3,324

Limited Scholarships

Some financial/merit-based scholarships will be available to select students who've been accepted into the program, completed the scholarship application, financial aid estimate and submit a digital portfolio by April 25, 2017. Please note that preference for scholarships is given to students applying for the full, six-week program. Additionally, scholarships are not available for international students.