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

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Pre-College

2022 Pre-College 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!

2021 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

2022 Online Majors

  • Animation
  • Comics + Graphic Novels
  • Painting
  • Drawing

Admissions

Pre-College is open to students in their sophomore, junior, 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.

Scholarships

Limited scholarships are based on financial need. Completed applications with supporting materials must be received by February 1, 2022, to be considered for financial aid. Completed applications and supporting documentation received after February 1, 2022, will be considered if funds are available. Students wishing to apply for need-based financial aid 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.

63

Work as professional artists

23

Work as graphic designers, illustrators, or art directors

16

Founded a business

23

Work as craft artists

38

Work as fine artists

29

Work as art teachers

40

Pursued an MFA after graduation

47

Are self-employed, independent contractors or freelance workers

91

Make art in their personal time

57

Graduation Rate

88

Transfer Graduation Rate

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