Pre-college art students work on charcoal portrait drawing.

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, two- and three-dimensional design, painting and more. 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 admission to our Bachelor of Fine Arts Programs in Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Fine Arts.

  • Program Details

    Summer 2018 schedule:

    July 10 - August 9, 2018
    Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    There will be an exhibition of student work on Thursday, August 9.  

    The cost for the 2018 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.  

  • Faculty

    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.

  • Housing

    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 at or 617.305.2500 x0.

  • Policies

    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 13th. There are no refunds issued for students withdrawing after Friday, July 13th.

    Cancellation Policy

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