What is the Summer Pre-College Art Experience?

  • A four to six week intensive program offering up to three classes either online or in San Francisco
  • Get a glimpse into college life, meet other young artists and explore a variety of art & design fields
  • Students must be entering high school as a sophomore, junior or senior year in the fall

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: Summer 2018

ONSITE Students – 4 weeks
June 29 - 30, 2018 Move In Days*
(Housing Students)
June 30, 2018 PCAE Prep Day**
(Non-Housing New Student Orientation)
July 2, 2018 First Class Session
July 4, 2018 No Class - 4th of July Holiday
July 8, 2018 Last Day to Apply/Drop/Change class schedule
July 26, 2018 Last Class Session
July 28, 2018 Final Exhibition
July 28, 2018 Hall Closing (Move Out)
*Move In between 9am-5pm, Dinner with Housing at 5pm, 6:30pm Orientation.
**Prep-Day Mandatory for all new/1st time onsite students who are NOT in Housing.
Explore our Pre-College classes:

Summer Pre-College Art Experience Housing

Students must be at least 16 years old to be eligible for housing during the summer program, but 15 year-olds interested in campus housing may submit two Letters of Reference from a school teacher and from an employer or a non-profit organization where the high school student has done volunteer work.

Explore our other Pre-College semesters:

ONLINE Students – 6 Weeks
June 22, 2018 Student Portal Walkthrough*
June 25 - 29, 2018 Online Orientation - Sample Class**
July 2 - 3, 2018 First Class Session
July 4, 2018 No Class - 4th of July Holiday
July 8, 2018 Last Day to Add/Drop/Change class schedule
August 9 - 11, 2018 Last Class Session
August 11, 2018 Submit work to PCAEDAILY***
*Video Guide For Students enrolled in at least 1 online class
**For First Time Students (duration: 1 hour)
***Online students may submit art work to PreAdmissions@academyart.edu to be showcased on our Pre-College Blog: PCAEDAILY.COM

Featured Class Demo

Game Design: 3rd Person Chase Camera Shot

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