What is the Spring 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. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in high school at the time of the program

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



  • Students must be currently enrolled in High School. High School seniors graduating in 2018 are not eligible for the Summer 2018 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: Spring 2018

ONSITE Students
February 17, 2018 PCAE Prep Day*
February 24, 2018 First Class Session
March 3, 2018 Last Day to Apply/Change Class Schedule
April 14, 2018 Last Class Session
April 21, 2018 Final Exhibition
*Prep-Day Mandatory for all First Time Onsite students.

Explore our other pre-college offerings:

ONLINE Students
February 16, 2018 Pre-College Student Portal Walkthrough*
February 19-23, 2018 Online Orientation**
February 24, 2018 First Class Session
March 3, 2018 Last Day to Apply/Change Class Schedule
April 21, 2018 Last Class Session
April 28, 2018 Submit work to PCAEDAILY***
*Mandatory for First Time Online students.
**Mandatory for First Time Online students
***Online students can submit art work to PreAdmissions@academyart.edu to be showcased on our Pre-College Blog: PCAEDAILY.COM

Featured Class Demo

Fine Art: Drawing the Structure of Individual Features

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