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Study Art & Design in Boston this Summer

Pre-College is a fun and affordable way for high school sophomores, juniors, seniors or entering college freshmen to study art and design at the college-level and get connected with Boston’s art and design scene. This 5-week summer program gives you a taste of the visual arts basics that all artists and designers must know– Drawing, 2- and 3-Dimensional Design and Painting. We’ll also explore some of the city’s museums and galleries, and you’ll get a chance to visit the studios of practicing artists and designers to see how they are making a living with their art.

Develop a visual arts portfolio for college admission

Pre-College is more than just a great way to explore your creative interests. If you’re thinking of studying art and design in college, we’ll teach you how to prepare and present a portfolio for admission. And if you’re entering your senior year or are a recent grad who plans to come to Suffolk’s School of Art & Design, find out more [PDF] about how the Pre-College Program can be used to waive the portfolio requirement for admissions to our Bachelor of Fine Arts Programs in Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design and Fine Arts. 

Program Details

Pre-College Brochure

Read about the program in the Pre-College Brochure [PDF].

2014 Schedule

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
July 8 - August 7, 2014 from 10 am - 3:30 pm
(half-hour lunch break)


$1,240.00 -- Your tuition covers instruction, materials, guest lecturers and field trips.


Registration for 2014 will begin on December 2, 2013. Please register using the Pre-College Registration Form [PDF].

Registration Confirmation

You will be sent a confirmation and welcome packet upon receipt of registration form and full tuition payment. Registrations received after May 12, 2014 will be considered on a space available basis.


Pre-college is a chance to get a taste for what it’s like to study visual arts at the college level and key to that experience is not only what you’ll be learning, but who’ll you’ll be learning it from. Associate Professor Randal Thurston has overseen the Pre-College Program for several years and serves as its lead instructor. He is a seasoned teacher in our Fine Arts BFA Program and has been a member of the School of Art & Design’s faculty since 1996. As a practicing fine artist Randal’s work is widely exhibited and he is well-known and highly respected in the New England region. Randal’s gentle and nurturing teaching style makes him particularly well suited to work with budding artists and designers. Whether he’s working with a high school student or a college senior, Randal challenges and encourages all his students to explore their creativity and teaches them to see the world using an artist’s critical thinking and visual sensitivity.


Although Pre-College was designed for commuter students, there is limited housing available through our Residence and Housing Office. For a housing application and more information please contact Robyn McMicken at or 617-305-2500.  


Refund Policy

Students withdrawing within the first week of the Pre-College Program will be partially refunded. Written notification of withdrawal must be received (by fax, email, post or hand-delivered) no later than noontime on Friday, July 11th. There are no refunds issued for students withdrawing after Friday, July 11th.

Cancellation Policy

Programs subject to minimum enrollment requirements. Please contact Continuing Education for more information.