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Your Future As An Artist

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Animation, Comics, Fashion, Printmaking, Photography + More!

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As An Artist + Person

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2022 Pre-College Program

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Apply to the 2022 Online Program

MECA&D’s Pre-College program is a rigorous three-week residential and online program designed to give high school students the opportunity to discover their future as an art student. Pre-College offers you a real taste of life and education in a nationally-known professional college of visual arts, as well as the opportunity to develop your portfolio, earn college credit, and meet other artists your own age!

2022 Program Dates: July 9-30, 2022

During the program, students will choose two of the following majors to explore in-depth. Both majors are given equal time throughout the program. Students will also take a Figure Drawing class to support their chosen majors and improve their technical skills.

2022 Residential Majors

  • Animation
  • Comics + Graphic Novels
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Ceramics
  • Fashion + Textile Design
  • Black + White Darkroom Photography
  • Metals + Jewelry

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2022 Online Majors

  • Animation
  • Comics + Graphic Novels
  • Painting
  • Drawing

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Pre-College is open to students in their sophomore, junior,  and senior year of high school, (or the equivalent) who are 15-18 years old as of June 2022. Pre-College provides a rigorous pace and workload similar to the first semester of art college. Although a portfolio is not required for entrance to the program, it is expected that students will be strongly committed to three weeks of intensive daily studio classes and additional evening and weekend studio work.


Limited scholarships are available based on financial need. Completed applications with supporting materials must be received by February 1, 2022, to be considered for a scholarship. Completed applications and supporting documentation received after February 1, 2022, will be considered if funds are still available. Students wishing to apply for a need-based scholarship must submit a copy of their parent/guardian’s 2021 tax forms.


What do our alumni do?

Statistics from the 2015 Strategic National Arts Alumni project (SNAAP)

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55% is the national average for arts alumni that work as professional artists.

45% is the national average for arts alumni that are self employed, independent contractors, or freelance workers.


Work as professional artists


Work as graphic designers, illustrators, or art directors


Founded a business


Work as craft artists


Work as fine artists


Work as art teachers


Pursued an MFA after graduation


Are self-employed, independent contractors or freelance workers


Make art in their personal time


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