What is the Fall Pre-College Art Experience?

  • A nine-week intensive program offers up to two classes either 1 online and 1 onsite in San Francisco or 2 online.
  • Get a glimpse into university life, meet other young artists, and explore a variety of art and design fields
  • All onsite classes are held on Saturdays from 12 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in high school at the time of the program

Note: Students staying in campus housing must take four on-campus classes (only available in summer). Additional fees apply.



  • Students must be currently enrolled in High School. High School seniors graduating in 2016 are not eligible for the Summer 2016 Pre-College Art Experience program but are welcome to apply to undergraduate programs.
  • While international High School students cannot take onsite classes, we welcome them to participate in our online Pre-College Art Experience.

Upcoming Program Dates: Fall 2016

October 1, 2016 PCAE Prep Day*
October 3 - 7, 2016 Online Orientation for 1st time online students.
October 8, 2016 First Day of Class
October 15, 2016 Last Day to Apply
November 26, 2016 Thanksgiving Break - No Class
December 3, 2016 Last Day of Class
December 10, 2016 Final Exhibition**
*Mandatory for all new onsite students
**Online students may submit artwork to PreAdmissions@academyart.edu to be showcased on our Pre-College Blog: PCAEDAILY.COM

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