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Your Future As An Artist

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

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Pre-College Program

The Maine College of Art & Design Pre-College program is a rigorous three-week experience 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!

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Program Dates: July 8-29, 2023

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.


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

Apply to the Program

  • Priority Application+Scholarship Deadline: Feb 1, 2023
  • Regular Decision Deadline: April 15, 2023
  • Paperwork + Full Payment Due: May 1, 2023

For next summer, 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 2023. 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, 2023, to be considered for a scholarship. Completed applications and supporting documentation received after February 1, 2023, 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 2022 tax forms.

Covid Policies

Updated 2/17/22


All Pre-College students must be fully vaccinated. This includes 2 Moderna or Pfizer vaccinations and a booster, or 1 Johnson & Johnson vaccination and a booster. Please provide documentation of your vaccination to


Masks must be worn on campus in the Porteous building, 380 Cumberland, and in common areas of the dorm at all times.

Acceptable masks include:

  • KN95
  • N95
  • KF94
  • Medical/surgical masks

Please note that fabric masks are not acceptable unless paired with a surgical mask.