Pre-College Art Experience

The Pre-College Art Experience (PCAE) is a dual-scholarship program in which students can earn scholarship dollars by taking no-tuition pre-college classes at the Academy.

Current high school students can take art and design courses at Academy of Art through an Academy-funded scholarship that covers application fees and tuition costs. In addition, students who pass their PCAE classes earn scholarship dollars towards future undergraduate studies at the Academy. It is a great way to get a head start on your university education, build your professional portfolio, and explore a variety of art and design fields. Kick start your future—apply to the PCAE today.

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About Pre-College

High school students can get a taste of what it’s like being a student at the Academy of Art University. Learn more about the Summer PCAE program.

PCAE Final Exhibition

Saturday July 27, 2019 10am to 12pm

Shuttle Schedule

180 New MontgomeryCannery(2801 Leavenworth St)
Looping shuttles from 180 New Montgomery (near Bart) to The Cannery beginning at 9am. Online students can submit their work to be featured on our social media by email.

Learn Online

Since 2002, we have helped thousands of online art students from all over the world realize their professional and creative ambitions. Our revolutionary online courses provide the same rigorous education that we offer on campus with greater flexibility. Study on your own time, at your own pace. Take full or part-time classes. Let nothing stand in your way of pursuing your creative goals.

Student Work

  • Pimdee Avihingsanon PCAE Summer Angel
    Pimdee Avihingsanon
    AE37: Character Design
  • Kayla Martinez PCAE Summer
    Kayla Martinez
    AE11: Figure Drawing
  • Pimdee Avihingsanon PCAE Summer
    Pimdee Avihingsanon
    AE37: Character Design
  • Gustavo Haschich PCAE Summer
    Gustavo Haschich
    AE29: Introduction to 3D Modeling & Animation
  • Maggie Hart PCAE Summer
    Maggie Hart
    AE48: Fashion Drawing
  • Namood Naveed PCAE Fall
    Namood Naveed
    AE70: Graphic Design
  • Mandi Wilson PCAE
    Mandi Wilson
    AE33: Introduction to Illustration
  • Diangelo Cuevas PCAE Spring
    Diangelo Cuevas
    AE40: Photography
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