Pre-College Studio Intensive: Illustration (Hybrid)

In this week-long intensive, high school students explore the major of illustration through both online and on-campus activities. Bridging the gap between artistic expression and real-world applications, students learn the methods that contemporary illustrators use to create eye-catching images for books, magazines, posters, and products. Assignments and in-class activities focus on visual storytelling, working collaboratively, and channeling creativity on a deadline. Using traditional methods along with the latest software, teens hone their conceptual thinking skills alongside their drawing abilities to build their illustration portfolios. / Students will have access to Adobe Creative Cloud software throughout the class. / Open to students ages 15–18. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. / View complete policies. Please read complete summer camp information and policies before completing your registration. View MCAD’s Summer Youth Covid protocols and policies.*

This course is a combination of online and in-person sessions. Students enrolled in this course need daily transportation to the MCAD campus. Students meet together online each morning for a class session from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. for demonstrations, lectures, class activities and group discussions. These virtual meetings will be held via Google Meet or Zoom. After a one-hour lunch break, students will meet on campus each afternoon from 1-4 p.m. for studio time to work on projects, receive individual feedback from the instructor and participate in group critiques.  

Required software: Adobe Creative Cloud (provided by MCAD). 

Required hardware: Computer capable of running Adobe Creative Cloud with internet access, a camera, and microphone for class meetings and to capture and upload work. Optional: digital drawing tablet.

Required supplies for the first class: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook (at least 8" x 10"); colored drawing media (colored pencils, markers, watercolors, acrylics, etc). Supplies will cost approximately $30. Students may work digitally if preferred. 

What to wear: Clothes appropriate for messy creativity.

*Class details are subject to change.

Please Register Before: June 16
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met. 
Class Savings 
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only). 
Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

SE 1515 01 SU21
Date Start: 
Monday, June 21, 2021
Date End: 
Friday, June 25, 2021
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Main Building, Room 320
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 15–18.
Days of Week: 
Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18
Pre-College Studio Intensive
Illustration and Comic Art