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 four on-campus classes (only available in summer). Additional fees apply.



  • Students must be currently enrolled in High School. High School seniors graduating in 2017 are not eligible for the Summer 2017 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 2017

ONSITE Students – 4 weeks
June 30 and July 1, 2017 Move In Days (Housing Students)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Orientation*
July 1, 2017 PCAE Prep Day**
(Non-Housing New Student Orientation)
July 3, 2017 First Class Session
July 4, 2017 No Class - Event TBD
July 8, 2017 Last Day to Apply/Change class schedule
July 27, 2017 Last Class Session
July 29, 2017 Final Exhibition & Hall Closing (Move Out)
July 30, 2017 Hall Closing (Move Out)
*7 p.m. Orientation on Saturday, July 1st mandatory for all students in Housing.
**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 23, 2017 Student Portal Walkthrough*
June 26 - June 30, 2017 Online Orientation - Sample Class**
July 3 - July 5, 2017 First Class Session
July 8, 2017 Last Day to Apply/Change class schedule
August 10 - August 12, 2017 Last Class Session
August 12, 2017 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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