Pre-College

  • Undergraduate
    • Application Requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science Degree Programs
  • Graduate
    • Application Requirements for the Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts Degree Programs
  • Post-Baccalaureate
    • Application Requirements for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs
  • Pre-College
    • Application Requirements for PSEO and the Pre-College Summer Session Program

Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO)

Enrollment must occur during your senior year, and you may attend fall or spring semesters. MCAD allows PSEO students to take one course per semester for two semesters for a total of six credits. These credits are transferable to the BFA or BSc degree programs.

Online PSEO Application Checklist

The online Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) is an honors program for high school students residing in Minnesota who live more than 50 miles from MCAD’s campus.

Complete the online PSEO application form and return it to the Admissions Office by mail or as an email attachment.

Personal Statement of Interest

Please share any information you feel would be helpful for us in evaluating your interest in the visual arts. Explain why you want to take an art class online. Your statement may include personal thoughts on art, technology, and your career goals. Ask yourself: “why do I want to participate in the ONLINE PSEO program at MCAD, and how does being an ONLINE art student fit into my educational goals?”

Official High School Transcript

Your transcript must show that you will be a senior for the upcoming academic year and that you have a 2.5 cumulative GPA (C+ average).

Two Letters of Recommendation

Include one letter from your high school guidance counselor and one from a parent or guardian.

Complete the form with your guidance counselor and be sure that the form is signed by you, your parent or guardian, and your guidance counselor.

Portfolio of Artwork

Your portfolio is one of the most important requirements in the admissions decision. Because you will be working online, your portfolio should consist of 8 digital examples, in JPG format, of your best and most recent work. Your portfolio should include drawings done from observation (rather than drawings copied directly from photographs or other artists’ work.) You may submit digital images of painting, sculpture, design projects, photography, film, screenshots, etc. If you have interactive work on the internet, you may submit a paragraph explaining the project and your creative role, with a working URL. All other portfolio work must be submitted as JPG attachments to email. Submit to: admissions@mcad.edu Subject line: MCAD ONLINE PSEO PORTFOLIO

On-Campus PSEO Application Checklist

Please download and complete the MCAD PSEO Application Form (PDF). Please attach this form to your statement of interest.

Personal Statement of Interest

Please share information you feel would be helpful in evaluating your interest in the visual arts. Why do you want to participate in the MCAD PSEO program? How does it fit into your educational goals?

Official High School Transcript

Your transcript must show that you will be a senior for the upcoming academic year and that you have a 2.5 cumulative GPA (C+ average).

Two Letters of Recommendation

Include one letter from your high school guidance counselor and one from a parent or guardian.

Complete the form with your guidance counselor and be sure that the form is signed by you, your parent or guardian, and your guidance counselor.

Portfolio of Creative Work (BFA only)

Your portfolio is one of the most important requirements in the admissions decision. Include twelve (12) examples of your best and most recent work. Your portfolio should include drawings done from observation (rather than drawings copied from photographs or other artists' work). You may also submit paintings, sculpture, design projects, photography, film, etc. All oversized 3D work must be submitted in slides or photographs. You may submit digital images of painting, sculpture, design projects, photography, film, screenshots, etc. If you have interactive work on the internet, you may submit a paragraph explaining the project and your creative role, with a working URL. All other portfolio work must be submitted as JPG attachments to email or a link to an online portfolio like Flickr. Submit to: admissions@mcad.edu Subject line: MCAD ON-CAMPUS PSEO PORTFOLIO.

Portfolio Review (BFA only - Optional)

Contact the admissions office to schedule an appointment.

Interview (Optional)

Contact the admissions office to schedule an interview and a tour of the campus.

Important Deadlines

July 1

All materials must be received for fall semester enrollment

December 1

All materials must be received for spring semester enrollment


Questions? Email admissions@mcad.edu

 

Pre-College Summer Session 

The next Pre-College Summer Session will take place from July 13 to August 3, 2014. The application window for 2014 is now closed.

Applications for the 2015 Pre-College Summer Session will be available starting October 1, 2014. Check back in September for updated information.

Application Checklist

Application Form

To begin the Pre-College Summer Session application process, you must first complete an online application form. The form requires a valid credit card number for the application fee of $25. However, the application fee will be waived if your application is received before February 2015.

Once the online application is submitted, you will receive an email containing additional requirements and deadlines for completing your application.

If you would prefer to submit a paper version of the application, please download a copy and submit it with the remainder of your application materials.

PCSS 2013 graduates who wish to apply for PCSS 2014 need only supply an updated online application and official transcript to complete their application.

Official High School Transcript

Transcripts can be mailed directly to the address below, or they can be provided to the student directly and mailed with the remainder of the application materials. Please note that transcripts stamped "Issued to Student" are not considered official transcripts, nor are copies or online transcripts for individual terms. Homeschool transcripts are welcome.

Letter of Recommendation

This is a free form letter and there are no specific requirements that the recommending party must follow. Students may ask an art instructor, guidance counselor, advisor, or employer to write a letter in support of their application. The letter may be emailed to precollege@mcad.edu, postal mailed directly to the address below, or included with the remainder of the application materials.

Statement of Purpose

A one-page personal statement should address the student’s artistic influences, future goals, and aspirations, and relate how the Pre-College Summer Session would help to realize these goals.

Additional Requirements for Scholarship Applicants

Please note that the scholarship application deadline has passed and scholarship applications are no longer being accepted.

 

Dates and Deadlines

October 1

Online application opens

Rolling

Non-scholarship acceptance letters mailed

April 17

Scholarship application deadline

May 1

Non-scholarship application priority deadline*

June 20

Non-scholarship application final cut-off deadline*

June 30

Final payment due

July 13

Program begins

August 3

Program ends

*Not a postmark deadline: application materials must be received on or before the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered; late applications received after the May 1 priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Questions? Email continuing_education@mcad.edu

 

Send Supplemental Application Materials to:

MCAD Admissions: PSEO
OR
MCAD Continuing Education: Pre-College Summer Session
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

 

Interested in shorter opportunities? Find information on Teen Studio Intensives, MCAD's one-week intensive, nonresidential pre-college program.

Additional Pre-College Summer Session Information