Pre-College Studio Intensive: Graphic Design and Illustration

Summer Pre-College Studio Intensives Ages 15-18

In this week-long Intensive, high school students will explore the majors of graphic design and illustration.

Graphic design and illustration are used in tandem to convey concepts and communicate ideas. Students who excel in both areas of study are some of the most sought-after in the design world. Using traditional methods along with the latest software, teens will get the chance to work on real-world projects similar to those given to designers and illustrators today.

Participants will also work hands-on to create work that will add depth and variety to their portfolios. / Facilities fee of $25 and materials fee of $55 in addition to tuition.

Prerequisites: Drawing skills recommended. Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite is helpful, but not required.

Registration for this class will close on Friday, July 15 at 3:00 p.m.

About Our Precollege Studio Intensives

Week-long Studio Intensives are designed to give high school students ages 15-18 a chance to explore a college-like curriculum in rigorous sessions. Each section introduces topics and processes that MCAD students study while pursuing their undergraduate degrees. Students receive one college credit for successfully completing both classes in a section.

Please note: This is a (1) credit-class. All students registering must take this class for credit. Credits are accepted by other institutions on a case by case basis and are not guaranteed by MCAD. It is recommended that students save syllabi and all evidence of their work.

Students who successfully complete a Summer Studio Intensive will receive an MCAD undergraduate application fee waiver (value: $50)!

Students must be fifteen years, and not older than eighteen years of age, on the first day of class. View complete policies here.

Class Savings

/ Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day, same-family registrations only).


Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765. 

Course Details

Course Number: SE 1500 02
Dates: Jul. 28 – Aug. 1
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (with a half-hour unsupervised lunch)
Alison Nowak/TBA
Main Building Room 430
Non-Credit Tuition: $650.00
1 Credit Tuition: $650.00

Registration Details