Pre-College Art Experience Program - Summer Semester

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 2019 are not eligible for the Summer 2019 Pre-College Art Experience program but are welcome to apply to undergraduate programs.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in High School and must be younger than 19 years old when attending
  • While international High School students cannot take onsite classes, we welcome them to participate in our online Pre-College Art Experience.

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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.

Upcoming Program Dates for Summer 2019

Onsite Students

March/April, 2019Apply for Housing and complete Deposit
Thursday, May 30th, 2019Last day to Apply for Housing
Saturday, June 29th, 2019Move in day * (Housing Students)
Saturday, June 29th, 2019PCAE Prep Day**
(Non-Housing New Student Orientation)
Monday, July 1st, 2019First Class Session
Thursday, July 4th, 2019No Class - 4th of July Holiday
Saturday, July 6th, 2019Last Day to Drop/Change class schedule
Friday, July 26th, 2019Last Class Session
Saturday, July 27th, 2019Final Exhibition
Saturday, July 27th, 2019Hall 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

Online Students

Friday, June 21st, 2019Review Student Portal Walkthrough*
Monday-Friday, June 24-28thOnline Orientation - Sample Course**
Monday, July 1st, 2019First Module Opens
Saturday, July 6th, 2019Last Day to Drop/Change Courses
Saturday, August 10th, 2019Last Module Closes
Saturday, August 10th, 2019Submit Work to PCAE Website ***
*Video Guide For Students enrolled in at least 1 online class **For First Time Students (duration: 1 hour) ***Online students may submit art work via email to be showcased on our Facebook and our Instagram.

Get a head start on your arts education with our summer pre-college program.

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