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Art Motivated

art MOTIVATED pre-college programs

Pre-College Programs offer high school students an unparalleled opportunity to take a wide variety of arts based courses while exploring the academic and residential life on a college campus. This is the perfect way to build your portfolio, try out different mediums, and potentially earn college credits over the summer!


Interlochen— is located in northwest Michigan. It’s a year round school with an excellent summer program. Students study painting, drawing, and even work with precious metals. Interlochen offers a college portfolio institute that our clients have found useful. 

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Lesley University College of Art and Design — Located in Cambridge, MA. Programs are designed to challenge your imagination and encourage your creative growth. The College of Art and Design offers college-level courses for high school students in areas represented by our BFA degree programs.


Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) — Located in Baltimore, Maryland.. “Collaborate with MICA expert faculty, visit working professionals, earn college credit, learn how to put together an application portfolio that stands out, and dramatically expand your creative skills.” 

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) Located in Boston, MA. Summer Studios is an intensive four-week program for the young artist who is serious about his or her work. Students from around the world come together to experience MassArt and the environment of a higher education institution in the visual arts. Students take three required foundation classes and one elective, and are able to see the development of their work over the program.

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Montserrat College of Art Located in Beverly, MA. Students take a basic foundation drawing class from 9 am to noon Mondays through Fridays, then choose two electives—digital photography, computer art and design, painting, printmaking, illustration or three-dimensional design—to study in the afternoons, one on Mondays/Wednesdays and the other on Tuesdays/Thursdays, with alternating subjects on Fridays.

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Mill Street Loft Arts — Mill Street Loft Arts offers a program for pre-college on Vassar’s campus in Poughkeepsie and one section — in July— has a residential component.  Mill Street ends the program with a very popular college fair where many art colleges come and review portfolios. 

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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) — A four-week, college-level art-making experience in the nation’s first and premier school of fine art. Offers “rigorous courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and illustration taught by PAFA’s exceptional faculty of practicing artists.” Field trips to museums in Philly, New York and D.C. 

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Otis Summer of Art — Located in Los Angeles, Summer of Art “this intensive, four-week, pre-college program is for individuals 15 and older who wish to study at one of the top art and design colleges in the country. Serious young artists seeking to strengthen and enhance their art and design skills, as well as students with limited art training, are invited to participate.” 

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Pratt Institute Summer programs— Held on the Brooklyn campus, high school students “are immersed in a program of art, design, architecture, or creative writing, modeled after Pratt’s undergraduate offerings.” The Pre-College program is an immersion program, meaning students carry a full schedule Monday–Friday, and weekend events are mandatory. 

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Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) — On the Providence, RI campus. The six-week summer residential offers high school students a comprehensive introduction to the college art school experience. Students follow a college-level studio curriculum and live in RISD residence halls. 

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School of Visual Arts in New York—“The Pre-College Summer Program mimics a fast-paced foundation year experience in the New York art scene.Pre-College students are immersed in their chosen field of study through lectures on art history, theory and the use of media and material.” Meets during the day for three weeks in July, and includes chaperoned trips all around New York. 

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School of the Museum of Fine Arts — Student live on the campus of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. “Students from a variety of backgrounds and countries spend four weeks utilizing the studios, working with expert faculty and graduate mentors, building their portfolios, exploring the Museum of Fine Arts and Boston’s cultural and historic landmarks.” 

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San Francisco Art Institute — A great program to help build your college portfolio. “Takes place on SFAI’s legendary campus in the heart of San Francisco—inspiring views of the Bay, a monumental Diego Rivera fresco, and a constant rotation of visiting artists are all part of everyday life here.” 

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