What is Pre-College Art Experience?

Academy of Art University offers a tuition-free pre-college program available to all current high school students through a scholarship. Scholarships cover application fees and tuition costs for up to 2 classes for Fall/Spring and up to 3 classes for Summer semester.

As part of the program, you will:

  • Earn up to 6 credits tuition-free while in high school.
  • Choose up to 2 classes to study online or onsite in the Fall/Spring, and up to 3 classes in the Summer.
  • Build a solid pre-professional portfolio of your work to take into your college career.
  • Discover career opportunities in various fields of art and design before enrolling as an undergraduate student


  • Tuition and application fees are covered through a scholarship grant from Academy of Art University
  • You must buy your own supplies (for example, paints and brushes for a painting class). Costs vary depending on class(es).
  • Student housing is available for rent on our San Francisco campus*. Learn more by clicking here.


  • 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.
  • International high school students cannot take onsite classes, but can participate in our online Pre-College Art Experience.
  • To attend onsite classes, you must be at least 15 years old by February 2018

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