Pre-College Program

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.

During the Summer of 2021, this course will be offered online; access to a computer is therefore necessary. Please contact Virginia Lane with any questions.

Study Art & Design this Summer

This five-week summer program gives you a taste of the visual basics that all artists and designers must know. Students in the program will experience college-level instruction, projects, and critiques, and develop their online learning skills in a visual-arts context. Pre- College will include studies in Drawing and in 2D/3D Design. Projects will employ a mix of digital and hand-based approaches.

Program enrollment is limited to 10 students, to allow for small-group instruction and individual feedback on in-class and homework assignments. 

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 study Art & Design at Suffolk, find out more about how the Pre-College Program can be used to waive the portfolio requirement for admission to our programs in Graphic DesignInterior Design, and Studio Art.

Program Details

Summer 2021 schedule

The program will take place from July 6 - August 5, 2021. Meetings will be held virtually on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Tuition for the 2021 Pre-College Program is $1025.00 and includes all instructional costs. Payment must be made in full at the time of registration through the Continuing Education Division via Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. There is no financial aid available for this program.

The registration deadline is Friday, June 25, 2021.


Students are advised to budget an additional $75 for supplies.

Class sessions will be held via Zoom. Students will have the opportunity to test Zoom access prior to the first class session.

Students must have access to a Mac or PC laptop or desktop computer during class sessions. Suffolk's ITS has recommended minimum specifications for laptop or desktop machines. Whether laptop or desktop, the computer also must have a reliable built-in or external webcam.

Students also must have:

  • Reliable high-speed internet
  • A smartphone that can access social media platforms such as Instagram, and that can take and send/upload high-resolution (at least 5 megapixel) photographs
  • An updated Web browser
  • Software for reading PDF documents


Refund Policy

Students withdrawing by June 25th will receive a refund. Written notification of withdrawal must be received by email no later than noon on Friday, June 25th. There are no refunds issued for students withdrawing after Friday, June 25, 2021.

Cancellation Policy

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