Pre-College Summer Session 2013
Pre-College Summer Session / July 7-28, 2013
- Are you an art student who is constantly looking to improve and try new things?
- Are you ready to experience something bigger and better than high school?
- Are you considering attending an art and design college?
Pre-College Summer Session provides high school juniors, seniors, and recent grads the chance to complete rigorous coursework and explore individual creative abilities all while learning critical skills and trying out new techniques. Plus, this on-campus program offers a preview of the college experience, with shared dorm rooms, tight deadlines, and high expectations for effort, success, and teamwork.
“It was a valuable and eye opening experience for any high school student planning on continuing on in the arts.”
Through a combination of personal investigation and group collaboration, the schedule encourages the sharing of ideas, exploration of new concepts, and development of a distinctive studio practice. In the evening, students discover what artists, designers, and college students know all too well: hard work doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! Participants in PCSS have evening access to fully-staffed studios that provide intense and valuable working experiences.
“The experience turned out better than I had ever hoped. The critiques helped me to see what I was doing wrong and showed what I had been doing right.”
Choose from one of these majors:
Comic Art students move through fundamental lessons of storytelling, character development, penciling, and inking to create their own short comic story and learn the production skills necessary to produce their own edition of comic books.
Digital Photography students develop an eye for composition, light, and capturing images; manipulate photographs through software; and create a series of prints for a portfolio. Digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras are highly recommended, but not required.
Graphic Design students learn to meld text and graphics in support of a message, creating logos, posters, packaging, and more. They will gain technical skills used by professional designers, including Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
Painting students learn skills including perception, conceptualization, and imagination, as well as knowledge of color, form, and composition. Painting students work in a shared studio and in their own studios with still-life setups, live models, self-portraits, and digital photographs to see how contrast, color, light, and shadow can illuminate the complexities of their subject matter. Please note that professional nude models may be used in this program.
Breakfast, core classes: Contemporary Art History, Ideation and Process, and either Visual Composition or Drawing, depending on chosen major.
Studio classes within each major.
Dinner, social activities, work time in studios.
A mix of social activities, artist studio visits, and work time in studios and around campus.
Students who will be entering their junior or senior years in the fall of 2013, or spring 2013 high school graduates, are eligible to apply for admission to the program.