Young Artist Programs

Delaware College of Art and Design

Young Artist Programs at DCAD are designed for high school students who are eager to pursue an art and design education after graduation. Take a VIRTUAL TOUR of our creative campus including studios and residence halls.

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Spend a Week at Delaware College of Art and Design
Pre-College Art Studio Week
July 21 - July 25, 2014
For passionate rising junior and senior high school students who are serious about preparing for college admission in the areas of art and design, DCAD offers a one-week intensive studio experience dedicated to helping you produce your best work.

Realize your potential.
Courses are led by DCAD’s engaging professors, who are all practicing professional artists and designers. Expect to be challenged in the classroom and through homework assignments while creating portfolio-building work. Small classes enable students to work closely with professors and their peers, gain valuable experience in critiques and flourish in the personable environment that is DCAD.

Create exciting work that will amaze.
Build skills and confidence in college-level courses where half the day is spent in figure drawing and the other half in an elective of your choice. Electives offered are: Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Painting or Photography.

Explore life as a college student.
Live on campus for the week. Residents stay in apartment-style student housing directly across the street from DCAD’s studios. Evening activities ranging from ice breaker games to field trips round out the week’s schedule. Current DCAD students serve as Resident Assistants for the week and can offer valuable homework help and insight on what it is like to attend an art and design college.

Exhibit your work in our gallery.
The week concludes with an exhibition of your best work in DCAD’s Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery and a reception for family and friends. Choose and hang your work from both your drawing class and elective class and enjoy the exhibition, attended by 300+ visitors.
Visit DCAD's Flickr photostream for photos of last year's program:

Sample Schedule
All students will spend half of their day in a figure drawing class. Understanding the human figure is a fundamental skill for visual artists. Students will focus on drawing from live models (both male and female nudes). Through careful observation and innovative drawing techniques, students will tackle complex figurative forms. Students will begin to develop expressive mark-making and strengthen drawing skills in this intensive class.
Half of the day will be spent in an elective of the students’ choice, including animation, graphic design, illustration, interior design, painting or photography. The program concludes with anexhibition of student work and reception for family & friends.

Monday - Thursday
Breakfast at Student Center (residents) 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Studio Class (Figure Drawing) 8:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Lunch at Student Center (all) 12: 15 PM – 1:00 PM
Studio Class (Elective) 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Dinner at Student Center (residents) 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Field Trip or Resident Project 6:15 PM – 8:00 PM
Homework/Studio Time (residents) 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Breakfast at Student Center (residents) 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Studio Class (Figure Drawing) 8:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Students Hang Work for Exhibition 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Lunch at Student Center (all) 12: 15 PM – 1:00 PM
Studio Class (Elective) 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Students Hang Work for Exhibition 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Exhibition & Reception for Family & Friends 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Day Student
Non-Credit Tuition & Fees: $625/ For Credit* Tuition & Fees: $925
Students may commute, attending classes from 8 am – 5 pm each day.
Tuition & Fees include lunch and optional field trips.

Residential Student
Non-Credit Tuition & Fees: $925/For Credit* Tuition & Fees: $1200
DCAD's close campus offers the luxury of classes, dining and housing all within one block of each other.

Resident students stay in the new residence hall at 707 N. King Street, which houses the brand new Dining Hall, both of which opened in Fall 2012. While each unit in 707 North King Street has unique features, all are studio-style, divided into two areas, offering separate bedroom space and studio work space. Each unit also contains a full bathroom, which features marble tile and countertops. A granite counter with working sink is also located within the unit.

Within the 707 building, residents can find the Dining Hall on the first floor, lounge space, a laundry facility and the offices of the Student Services staff. The dining area, or atrium, located in the main area of the building offers free WiFi and space for socializing as well as studying.

A Resident Assistant lives on each floor of each building. Knowledgeable about the College and community, they serve as role models, enforce community policies, provide advice and guidance, and organize activities. In addition a member of the Office of Student Services staff lives in the building as yet another resource for residents.
Tuition & Fees include breakfast, lunch, dinner and field trips.
*Students may earn one college credit.

May be completed online, via phone or mail.  You may download the registration form here.  Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. A letter of recommendation from an instructor should be included with your registration form in order to be considered for participation. The letter of recommendation may be e-mailed to  Dowload the Registration form here.

Once registration materials are received, a confirmation package will be mailed including schedule, course supply lists, a packing list for residents and forms participants must complete and return prior to arrival.

Important Date
June 15 – Registration Deadline/Tuition & Fees Deadline

Tuition & Fees
Must be paid in full by June 15, 2014. Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Students earn one college credit for completion.
Refund Policy
Refund requests for withdrawal must be made in writing to the Director of Continuing Education by June 30. No refunds will be processed after this date. Lack of attendance and/or lack of completion do not constitute withdrawal and are not eligible for a refund of tuition or fees.

Registration form should be mailed to:
Delaware College of Art and Design
J Campbell, Director of Continuing Education
600 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801