High School Visual Arts Summer Program

In the three-week visual arts program, you will study with highly talented faculty and students from around the world. You'll be a part of a community focused on ideas, craftsmanship, and the exchange of artistic values. Courses are designed to help you build fundamental skills and develop your creativity.

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
June 27, 2015 to July 18, 2015
July 19, 2015 to August 10, 2015
Tuition: $5,175
Age range: Grades 9-12

The visual arts program offers a variety of class options. In your daily two-hour studio class, you'll work to develop your technique and artistic expression in your chosen concentration. Studio class options include:

  • Advanced Drawing: Conceptual Compositions*
  • Advanced Photography: Contemporary Directions in Film Photography
  • Experimental Fashion
  • Figure Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Metals Studio
  • Painting Techniques
  • ...and more. View the complete list.

*Advanced Drawing requires a portfolio be submitted with your application.

You will also choose a one-hour visual arts elective, which is a great opportunity to explore a new medium. Options include:

  • Architectural Drawing
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Fibers: 3D Soft Construction
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • ...and more. View the complete list.

All visual arts majors participate in the studio seminar, which 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, you will listen to visiting artist lectures, watch college presentations, and have the opportunity to have your portfolio reviewed by admission counselors from some of the top art colleges in the country.

Round out your experience with one additional elective class, either in visual arts or from another arts area, including creative writing, film, music, and theatre. View the list of elective classes.

At the end of the three-week session, you will exhibit the work you have created throughout the Dow Center for Visual Arts.

You will have the opportunity to submit your studio and elective class preferences after being accepted and enrolling in the program. If you would like to experience a greater variety of courses, you are encouraged to to attend both three-week sessions (discounts are offered to students who attend multiple sessions).

Resources and Facilities

The visual arts department is housed in the state-of-the-art Dow Center for Visual Arts. Its features include separate studio space for ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, metals, digital arts, photography, printmaking, and fibers. The most impressive facility of its kind at any secondary school in the country, it also includes a professional gallery space for exhibitions of work by students, faculty, and visiting artists.

Portfolio Requirements

This program does not require a portfolio for admission; however, if you would like to be considered for the Advanced Drawing: Conceptual Compositions two-hour studio course, you must submit the following materials after you complete the online application:

Portfolio materials (Advanced Drawing only)

  • Prepare five images that represent your highest quality of work. We suggest three pieces be made from direct observation (drawn or painted from life, not copied from a photograph.)

Additional Opportunities

Photo Galleries

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