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 2020 are not eligible for the Summer 2020 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 2020

Onsite Students

March/April, 2020Apply for Housing & Deposit
Saturday, June 27th, 2020Move in Day* (Housing Students)
Saturday, June 27th, 2020PCAE Prep Day**
(Non-Housing New Student Orientation)
Monday, June 29th, 2020First Class Session
Monday, July 6th, 2020Last Day to Apply/Change Schedule
Friday, July 24th, 2020Last Class Session
Saturday, July 25th, 2020Final Exhibition
Saturday, July 25th, 2020Hall Closing (Move Out)
*Move In between 9am-5pm, Dinner with Housing at 5pm. Orientation at 6:30pm.
**Prep-Day Mandatory for all new/1st time onsite students who are not in Housing

Online Students

Friday, June 19th, 2020PCAE Student Portal Video Guide*
Monday-Friday, June 22nd-26th, 2020PCAE Online Orientation**
Monday, June 29th, 2020First Class Session Opens
Monday, July 6th, 2020Last Day to Apply/Change Schedule
Saturday, August 8th, 2020Last Class Session Closes
Saturday, August 8th, 2020Submit Work to PCAE Daily***
*Mandatory for all 1st time online students. Video guide that helps student better understand how to navigate through their Student Portal and online class(es).
**Mandatory for 1st time online students. Duration is approximately 1 hour.
***Students may submit finished work to to be showcased on our Pre College blog – PCAE Daily

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

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