Pre-College Art & Design Experience Application

The Pre-College Art & Design Experience (PCADE) at Academy of Art University is a tuition-FREE art and design education program for high school students.

Explore your future, gain confidence in your creative abilities, and have the time of your life as an art and design student at Academy of Art University. Start your application below!

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Summer 2024 Pre-College Art & Design Experience classes start June 24, 2024. Note: the last day to apply for Summer 2024 classes is July 1, 2024.











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*By checking this box:
  • I verify that I will still be enrolled and in high school for the duration of the Pre-College Art & Design Experience program.
  • I verify I have a basic understanding of English.
  • I understand Academy of Art University reserves the right to cancel any Pre-College Art & Design Experience class for whatever reason it deems necessary.
  • IMPORTANT: I understand that completing this Pre-College Art & Design Experience Application does not secure my course selection. It is imperative that I register as soon as possible to ensure a seat in my preferred classes. Sections fill on a first come, first serve basis. I will be contacted by a Pre-Admissions Representative within 48 hours to help me enroll in my preferred classes.
  • I agree that my parent/guardian is aware and agrees to the terms and conditions of the Pre-College Art & Design Experience offered by Academy of Art University.
  • I understand that international high school students cannot take onsite classes, but are welcome to participate in our online Pre-College Art & Design Experience.


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