What is the Spring Pre-College Art Experience?

  • A seven-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 2019 are not eligible for the Summer 2019 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 2019

ONSITE Students
February 16, 2019 PCAE Prep Day*
February 23, 2019 First Class Session
March 2, 2019 Last Day to Apply/Change Schedule
March 30, 2019 Last Class Session
April 5, 2019 Final Exhibition
*Prep-Day Mandatory for all First Time Onsite students.

Explore our other pre-college offerings:

ONLINE Students
February 15, 2019 PCAE Student Portal Video Guide*
February 18-22, 2019 PCAE Online Orientation**
February 23, 2019 First Class Session Opens
March 2, 2019 Last Day to Apply/Change Schedule
April 12, 2019 Last Class Session Closes
April 13, 2019 Submit Work to PCAE DAILY***
*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

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Fine Art: Drawing the Structure of Individual Features

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