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Pre-College Immersive Program

Program Description

GROW YOUR POTENTIAL: DCAD’s Pre-College Summer Immersion Program is designed for high school students who are interested in pursuing an art and design education at the college level. During this one-week program, you will have the opportunity to learn what it’s like to study art in higher education, further your creative practice, and discover some of the many career options you can pursue. To help you deepen your studio practice and hone your career interests, DCAD is offering two one-week in-person commuter Summer Studio Immersion programs. REALIZE YOUR POTENTIAL: Each major is led by one of DCAD’s experienced professors, who are all practicing professional artists and designers. Expect to be challenged throughout the week while creating portfolio-building work. Small classes enable you to work closely with professors and your peers, gain valuable experience in critiques and flourish in the inspiring environment that is DCAD. EXPERIENCE COLLEGE LIFE: For 2023, all participating students will attend classes from 9 AM – 5 PM each day. Current DCAD second-year students and alumni will serve as Teaching Assistants for the week offering valuable support and insights on what it’s like to attend an art and design college. PREPARE YOUR COLLEGE PORTFOLIO: Planning on applying to art school after high school? If so, then DCAD’s Summer Pre-College Studio Immersion Program is the ideal opportunity to work on your application portfolio, demonstrate your passion for art, and get one-on-one feedback from our professors. Much like our degree students, as a Pre-College student you will have the choice of one of major each week which you select when registering: Week 1 Majors are: Animation, Illustration (traditional hand-drawing), Graphic Design & Digital Arts, Photography (digital and non-traditional processes), and Fine Art - Drawing. Week 2 Majors are: Introduction to Game Art, Introduction to Video Production, Web Comics (digital sequential art), and Fine Art - Painting. Mornings will be spent learning from one our talented faculty, followed by a lunch break. Afternoons workshops on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday are designed to give you time to explore other media and practices including figure drawing (clothed model) and sculpture (3D explorations). Wednesday, the group will visit the Delaware Contemporary or the Delaware Art Museum to contextualize your own work. Friday afternoon will focus on the final preparations for your group exhibition in DCAD's Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery. Parents, guardians, family, and friends are invited to join us at 4 pm on Friday for a reception and celebration of all you've accomplished during your Pre-College week.

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Note: $1,245/2 weeks

Program Eligibility

This program is available to children no matter where they live or go to school. If you have additional questions or want to learn more, please contact our team. We'd be happy to assist you!

Scholarships & Special Benefits

  • Financial Aid / Scholarships
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Purchase of Care (POC)
  • Free Meals
  • Free Medical Care
  • Special Needs Accomodations

More Information

Program Dates

Jul 17

Start Date:

Jul 21; Jul 24

End Date:

Days Offered

  • Mo
  • Tu
  • We
  • Th
  • Fr

Hours Offered

9:00am - 5:00pm

Care Options

  • Before Care

    Not Available

  • Program Hours

    9:00am - 5:00pm

  • After Care

    Not Available

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