2023 Pre-College Application

Curriculum

Students choose two majors from the below list. In those majors, participants work with that medium in-depth and also take a Life Drawing class to help improve their technical skills to support their preferred art disciplines. Both majors are given equal time throughout the program.

2023 Pre-College Majors:

  • Animation
  • Illustration: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Ceramics (Handbuilding)
  • Fashion & Textile Design
  • Black & White Darkroom Photography
  • Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design

Residential students receive one grade for the Pre-College experience which is an average of the Majors and the supporting Figure Drawing class. Students earn 3 college-level studio elective credits upon successful completion of the program.

Major Descriptions:

Animation

Explore the 12 principles of animation developed at the Disney Animation Studios. Assignments guide students through the technical and creative processes needed to bring their work to life. Students will create a final animation that conveys personality and emotion to moving objects and simple characters.

Illustration: Comics & Graphic Novels

A cartoonist is the proverbial jack-of-all-trades, functioning by turns as writer, cinematographer, graphic designer, and illustrator. This major explores essential components of cartooning: cartoon figure drawing in ink, background basics, comic-strip writing, graphic storytelling, panel and page composition, and creative games. Students will develop a self-published mini-comic.

Painting

Gain a solid foundation for the painting process through color theory, composition, observational exercises, and an investigation of tools, materials, and Gain a solid foundation for the painting process through color theory, composition, observational exercises, and through an investigation of tools, materials, and techniques. This major is designed to help you develop concepts and develop your voice / individual style of working as a painter. This class uses acrylic paint only.

Printmaking 

Begin your printmaking journey with processes that include collagraph, collage, xerox lithography, and screen printing. This major focuses on basic printmaking techniques and developing elements of design and composition. Students will develop themes and aesthetics to connect each of their project assignments while becoming familiar with safe and professional printmaking practices.

Ceramics (Handbuilding)

Create and appreciate expressive, three-dimensional clay forms and make pieces that are portfolio-ready. This major provides cultural and historical contexts for understanding human expression in clay while training students to be proficient at forming clay objects. The primary focus is on fostering your growth and ability to create expressive, unified, cohesive three-dimensional forms in clay. Students will create mostly sculptural work in this major.

Fashion & Textile Design

Design and create a garment in its entirety. Beginning with a white bolt of fabric and a sketch, students learn print and sewing techniques to create the perfect fabric for their garment. As the course progresses, students learn garment construction and sewing techniques to complete their pieces. Students will gain knowledge of fashion throughout history and see real-life samples of how to apply specific sewing techniques to the body to accomplish a look.

Black & White Darkroom Photography

Explore the technical, historical, and contemporary concerns of photography as a form of artistic expression. This major teaches the vocabulary of the medium while helping students find their own way of using it creatively. Learn about the practice of fine arts photography by exploring the genres of portraiture and urban landscape photography and examining prominent photographers from the 19th century to the present day. Emphasis will be placed on proper camera operation, film processing, darkroom printing, and the development of a photographic vision.

Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design

Receive technical instruction while investigating how design, function, concept, and ornamentation work together. This major helps students develop confidence and proficiency with the basic skills of soldering, forming, small hollow construction, and finishing of non-ferrous metals. Specific techniques include sawing, filing, drilling, sanding, polishing, annealing, soldering, and patination. The course will also cover safety in the studio, proper hand-tool care, and the physical properties of metal.

Complete + submit the application by the priority deadline of Feb. 1, 2023 or by the general deadline of April 15, 2023. Majors fill up quickly. The earlier you apply, the better your chances are for getting your first choice of majors.

2023 Pre-College Application