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.

The application cycle for 2017 has ended; please check back for 2018 information.

If you are interested in taking a class this summer (2017), Summer Youth camps and classes are open for registration. The Pre-College Studio Intensives are weeklong, 1-credit courses for high school students. Portfolio Preparation courses are also available throughout the year.

Pre-College Summer Session Photos

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.

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.

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


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.”

“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!”

“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.”

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