Pre-College Summer Session Tuition

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    • Tuition and Fees for the Pre-College Summer Session Program

Pre-College Summer Session Tuition

The full tuition is $3,200, which will be due upon acceptance into the program to secure your participation. The full program fee includes:

Tuition for three MCAD college credits

Students will receive an aggregate letter grade (A–F) for work completed in all classes during the course of the three weeks, reported on an MCAD transcript as “Pre-College Summer Session.” Students will receive a copy of their unofficial transcript upon completion of the program. Thereafter, official transcripts can be requested from MCAD Records.

For students seeking credit for this program at another institution, it is recommended that students keep each of their course syllabi and documentation of all work completed during the program. Please note that this is an individualized process and that MCAD Continuing Education will provide the letter grade to the student, but it is the student’s responsibility to apply these credits to their appropriate high school or college program (if applicable). Credits are not guaranteed to transfer and are at the sole discretion of the home institution. Speak with a high school teacher, guidance counselor, or college advisor to see if this is an option.

For students who plan on applying to an MCAD undergraduate program, these credits will function as “elective credits.”

The Pre-College Summer Session replicates the type of coursework a first-year student would experience in an art and design school. The first two weeks are equivalent to the first weeks of the college term—students learn skills, programs, and techniques. The last week is comparable to the final week of the college term—final projects are planned, critiqued, and completed for a final student exhibition. Students must choose one major when applying for the Pre-College Summer Session. Changes to majors are allowed only until the final payment deadline. 

Room and board

Each student shares a furnished room with up to three roommates in one of MCAD’s on campus single-gender apartment buildings. Trained residential advisors who are MCAD undergraduate students live in the buildings and are available to assist students. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided through MCAD’s cafeteria, and special consideration is given to students with specific dietary needs. Explore on-campus living at MCAD. Living on campus is integral to the Pre-College Summer Session and is required for this program. Students are supervised at all times and are not allowed off campus on their own.

Activities and excursions

Renowned for its art, music, and theater scenes as well as its lakes, shopping, and food, Minneapolis is a unique place to work and play. In addition to campus life, Pre-College Summer Session students experience the summer excitement and cultural opportunities of the Twin Cities with supervised, off-campus trips. While excursions change every summer, they typically include visits to studios for firsthand glimpses at the lives and work of local artists, Minneapolis cultural events, local sights, and fun study breaks.

Access to facilities, equipment, and supplies

Students learn what all good art students know: you must work at night to get the project done! Studios are open until midnight during the week, and nighttime studios are fully staffed with teachers and provide some of the most intense and valuable working experiences. Additionally, the majority of required supplies are provided, and students have access to MCAD facilities such as the computer labs and on-campus printing bureau. Access to these facilities and resources allow students to explore the variety of majors and areas of study that MCAD has to offer.

Waived Undergraduate Application Fee

Participants in the Pre-College Summer Session program who apply to MCAD as an undergraduate will have their $50 undergraduate application fee waived. Additional Scholarships >

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Additional Pre-College Summer Session Information