I’d like to tell you that spring is in the air, but honestly I’m just not feeling it. Snow is all around and there isn’t a crocus or daffodil in sight. But spring and even summer should be on your mind because now is the time to plan for a pre-college art or design summer program.
During June, July and August, large and small colleges across the country offer one – to – six week opportunities for high school students to become immersed in a creative collegiate experience. Depending upon the institution, courses can range from life drawing or game design, to fashion, photography, and portfolio development.
The benefits are tremendous. Here’s your chance to learn from working artists while you gain new skills, find a new passion, and gain a clearer understanding of college-level work. Grow as an artist while you work on your portfolio and live among like-minded artisans.
I’ve listed a few programs to jump-start your research. While doing your own exploration I hope you’ll keep these key points in mind:
- On-campus living opportunities vary from program to program.
- Some summer programs offer college credit.
- Many programs have a minimum age requirement of 16.
- Application, financial aid, and scholarship deadlines vary by institution.
Time spent in an intensive summer program will prove to be a worthwhile experience as you plan for your transition to college. I hope you take the time to research some options close to home, and a little further away. Let me know what you find, and where you end up.
Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois
Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, Washington
Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, Florida
University of Cincinnati, DAAP, Cincinnati, Ohio
University of Michigan, Stamps School of Art & Design, Ann Arbor, Michigan