Sunday, July 9–Sunday, July 30, 2017

 Pre-College Summer Session students share their experiences in the program.

MCAD’s Pre-College Summer Session is an exciting and challenging three-week, three-credit residential studio art and design program. It is open to high school students who are in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school.

Please contact us if you would like to receive a printed brochure for the summer 2017 session. The application for the program will be open on October 3.

If you are interested in taking a class this summer, our Summer Youth Offerings will open for registration February 6, 2017. The Pre-College Studio Intensives are weeklong programs for high school students, in which they can earn 1 college credit. Portfolio Preparation courses are also available this fall, spring, and summer. 


Pre-College Summer Session Photos

Apply for 2017 Pre-College Summer Session

Through a combination of personal investigation and group collaboration, this program encourages you to explore new concepts, share ideas, and develop your studio practice. You will learn what an art college education is like, including:

  • Choosing a major
  • Exploring your creative abilities
  • Improving your critical thinking skills
  • Trying new techniques with help from professional artists
  • Sharpening your aesthetic senses through critiques
  • Developing time-management and classroom participation skills

You will spend full days under the guidance of professional instructors, immersed in both foundational and major-specific classes. Evenings and weekends provide a chance to spend dedicated time working in studios, building new friendships, and exploring Minneapolis on group excursions.

 Pre-College Summer Session students explore the "crazy mess of artistic influences" found in downtown Minneapolis. 


The program closes with a celebratory final student exhibition and graduation ceremony, during which four exemplary students are awarded a $1,000 scholarship toward an undergraduate MCAD education.

What Participants Are Saying

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will forever be grateful for. I learned more about myself as an artist and a person than I could have ever imagined.” –J. Mason, Program Participant

“It really opened up my world to one where everyone around me, as well as myself, was motivated and interested in art. It taught me more things than I can likely list, and it was one of the most fantastic experiences I've ever had!” –Program Participant

“What a life-changing opportunity. It increased my daughter’s self esteem and gave her a true college experience. I highly recommend it to others.” –Parent of Participant


Questions? Find more program information below or contact us at or 612.874.3765.


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