Pre-College Summer Session

Sunday, July 10–Sunday, July 31, 2016



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

“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


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

  • Choose a major
  • Explore your creative abilities
  • Improve your critical thinking skills
  • Try new techniques with help from professional artists
  • Sharpen your aesthetic senses through critiques
  • Develop time-management and classroom participation skills

“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

In this program 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, build new friendships, and explore Minneapolis on group excursions.

Exploring 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 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.

Learn More about Pre-College Summer Session