Pre-College Summer Session

Sunday, July 10–Sunday, July 31, 2016



MCAD’s Pre-College Summer Session is a highly structured and challenging classroom- and studio-based experience that guides high school students through the process of maturing as artists and individuals.

“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

This three-week, three-credit, fully residential program is for committed art and design students who are in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school.  


Through a combination of personal investigation and group collaboration, the program encourages the sharing of ideas, exploration of new concepts, and development of studio practice. Students learn what an art college education is like, allowing them to:

  • Choose a major
  • Explore their creative abilities
  • Improve critical thinking skills
  • Try new techniques with help from professional artists
  • Sharpen 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

Students spend full days under the guidance of professional instructors, immersed in both foundational and intensive major 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 pre-college 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 MCAD Continuing Education at or 612.874.3765.