The visual arts program attracts highly dedicated and talented faculty, staff and students from around the world. Together, they create an environment focused on ideas, craftsmanship and the exchange of artistic values. Courses are designed to build fundamental skills in the visual arts and develop students’ creativity.
The visual arts program includes a variety of class options. Studio classes are held two hours each day for a three-week session and allow students to develop their technique and artistic expression in their chosen concentrations. Visual art electives also allow students to investigate a new medium. Students will be scheduled for the following:
- Two 2-hour studio classes - see the full list of studio classes here. The Advanced Drawing: Conceptual Compositions and Advanced Photography: Contemporary Directions in Film Photography studio classes require a portfolio, which should be submitted at the time of application. More information on studio classes and portfolio requirements.
- One one-hour visual arts elective allows students to explore a new medium.
- Visual arts studio seminar allows students to choose from a wide range of workshops that they sign up for during the first week of classes. Also during this time, students will listen to visiting artist lectures, watch college presentations and be given the opportunity to have their portfolios reviewed by admission counselors from some of the top art colleges in the country.
- One optional elective in any area.
Students will have the opportunity to submit their studio and elective preferences after enrolling in the program.
Students who are interested in experiencing a greater variety of courses are encouraged to attend both three-week sessions (discounts are offered to students who attend multiple sessions).
The visual arts department is housed in the state-of-the-art Dow Center for Visual Arts, centrally located on Interlochen's scenic campus.
This program does not require a portfolio for admission, however, if you would like to be considered for the Advanced Drawing: Conceptual Compositions and/or the Advanced Photography: Contemporary Directions in Film Photography two-hour studio courses, you must submit the following materials after you complete the online application:
Portfolio Materials (Advanced Drawing and Advanced Photography Only)
- Prepare five images that represent your highest quality of work in the medium you would like to study. If submitting a drawing portfolio, we suggest three pieces be made from direct observation (drawn or painted from life, not copied from a photograph.)
Students who intend to apply to visual arts programs at college/university level may also be interested in our one-week institutes:
Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a visual arts major for students in grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.