"Preparing a Portfolio for College" Institute

If you are actively considering higher education in the visual arts, the one-week portfolio institute is an exceptional opportunity to construct and refine a visual body of work. Working under the guidance of visual arts faculty assembled from around the country, you'll create works for your portfolio and learn how to prepare your portfolio for college art programs.

Program length: 1 week
Program dates:
June 20, 2020 to June 26, 2020
Tuition: $1,575
Age range: Students currently in grades 6-9
Currently accepting applications on a rolling admission basis.

Interlochen Arts Camp 2020 is pivoting this summer to Interlochen Online. Learn more about our interactive online summer arts series.

All portfolio institute instructors have extensive experience in portfolio development, and will guide you through the portfolio preparation process. During your time here, you will participate in:

  • Daily intensive studio sessions creating works for your portfolio
  • Workshops and seminars on the concepts of portfolio development
  • Presentations to peers
  • Portfolio reviews by college representatives
  • Open studio tutorials, with time to work on projects

You will also learn:

  • How to research schools and programs to find the best match
  • Specific requirements for the application process
  • How to present yourself and your work to a panel
  • How to document your work

You will study and work in the state-of-the-art Dow Center for Visual Arts. 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.

How to Apply

This program does not require a portfolio for admission. It enrolls on a first-come, first-served basis, so your early application is advised.


Students are encouraged to bring their current and past finished artwork so that the faculty can evaluate the portfolio and assist students as they develop it further. Original artwork is preferred but photos or digital images are acceptable. Please exercise care in transporting original works. It is also recommended that students bring their sketchbooks.

Additional Opportunities

We offer the following additional summer programs that may be of interest:

These programs begin right after the one-week Drawing and Painting Institute ends.

Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a visual arts major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.