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.

Study Art & Design in Boston this Summer

This five-week summer program gives you a taste of the visual arts basics that all artists and designers must know. Students in the program will:

  • Experience college-level instruction, projects, and critiques in-studio
  • Attend guest lectures
  • Visit museums
  • Exhibit work in the student show

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 about how the Pre-College Program can be used to waive the portfolio requirement for admission to our Bachelor of Fine Arts Programs in Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Fine Arts.

Program Details

Summer 2020 schedule:

July 7 - August 6, 2020
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
There will be an exhibition of student work on Thursday, August 6.  

The cost for the 2020 Pre-College Program is $1,275.00 and includes instruction, materials, guest lectures and field trips. Payment must be made in full at the time of registration through the Continuing Education Division via Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or personal check. There is no financial aid available for this program.


Pre-college is a chance to get a taste of what it’s like to study visual arts at the college level and the key to that experience is not only what you’ll be learning, but who’ll you’ll be learning it from. The Pre-College faculty are seasoned teachers from the Foundation and Fine Arts programs at the School of Art & Design. Whether working with a high school student or a college senior, our faculty challenge and encourage all students to explore their creativity and to see the world using an artist’s critical thinking and visual sensitivity.


Although Pre-College was designed for commuter students, there may be limited housing for students 18 and older available through our Residence and Housing Office. For a housing application and more information, please contact us by email or by phone at 617-305-2500 x0.


Refund Policy

Students withdrawing within the first week of the Pre-College Program will receive a partial refund. Written notification of withdrawal must be received (by fax, email, post or hand-delivered) no later than noon on Friday, July 10th. There are no refunds issued for students withdrawing after Friday, July 10th.

Cancellation Policy

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

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