Young Artist Programs for High School Students

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.  

DCAD invites you to stART here.

Instructor: DCAD Faculty
Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22
Rising junior and senior high school students serious about preparing for college admission in the areas of art and design are invited for a one-week intensive studio experience dedicated to helping you produce your best work.

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 inspiring environment that is DCAD.

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.

Live on campus for the week. Residents stay in apartment-style student housing near DCAD’s studios.  Evening activities 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.

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 work from both your drawing class and elective class and enjoy the exhibition, attended by 300-plus visitors.

Day Student
Non-Credit Tuition & Fees: $650
For Credit Tuition & Fees: $950*
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: $950
For Credit* Tuition & Fees: $1225
DCAD’s close campus offers the luxury of classes, dining and housing all within one block of each other.

Resident students stay in the residence hall at 707 N. King Street, which houses the 707 Café 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, and a laundry facility. 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.

A limited number of scholarships are available. To be considered for scholarship funding, please
• Letter of recommendation from an instructor
• CD with five samples of art/design work
• An artist statement which describes your work and how participation in the program would benefit your development as an artist and designer The Scholarship Application and all materials are due by May 1. Any Applications received after May 1 will not be considered. The Application and associated required materials can only be submitted via regular mail (no email submissions, please).  See Scholarship Application here.

REGISTRATION - See Registration form here.
Registrations are taken on a first-come, first- served basis and may be completed online, via phone or mail.
A letter of recommendation from an instructor should be included with your registration form in order to be considered for participation. 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.
Refund requests for withdrawal must be made in writing to the Director of Continuing Education by June 27. 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.  See Registration form here.

May 1 – Scholarship Application Deadline
June 15 – Registration Deadline / Full Tuition & Fees Due

302.622.8867 ext. 110
Delaware College of Art and Design
Director of Continuing Education
600 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE  19801