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Fuel Your Passion Before College

DCAD’s Pre-College Programs are designed for rising freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are interested in pursuing an art and design education. Through a variety of workshops, courses, and other events designed specifically for teens, you will have an opportunity to learn what it’s like to study art in higher education, further your practice, and discover some of the many career options you can pursue. Whether you plan on applying to an art and design college, are looking to hone your skills and craft, or if you simply want to try something new, Pre-College programs are the opportunity you’re looking for!

2021 In-Person Pre-College Summer Studio Immersion Program

Online registration is now closed. To register, please email Lise Dube-Scherr at [email protected].

Pre-College Week 1 – July 19th-23rd*

Pre-College Week 2 – July 26th-30th

*Note: Animation Week 1 is full!

This has been a very challenging year! To help you rekindle your creativity and re-establish your studio practice, this summer DCAD is offering two one-week in-person* commuter Summer Studio Immersion programs.

Much like our full-time students, as a Pre-College student, you will have the choice of one of five majors: Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Fine Art, or Photography or, you can choose to spend the week developing your portfolio by selecting Portfolio Preparation as your major.

To help ensure your health and safety in addition to wearing masks and socially distancing, each of the five majors and the Portfolio Prep option will consist of a class of 8-12 students (calculated based on the size of the studio or lab) and, you will remain with your major throughout the day and week. Mornings will be spent learning from one of our talented faculty, followed by a lunch break. With the support of a DCAD teaching assistant, afternoons are designed to give you focused studio time to work on projects you started that morning or other related assignments.

Throughout the week, you will have the opportunity to experience life at DCAD, build your portfolio, and enjoy some much-needed creative practice while focusing on the medium of your choice.

REALIZE YOUR POTENTIAL: Each major is led by one of DCAD’s experienced professors, who are all practicing professional artists and designers. Expect to be challenged throughout the week while creating portfolio-building work. Small classes enable you to work closely with professors and your peers, gain valuable experience in critiques and flourish in the inspiring environment that is DCAD. Because of COVID-19, we are keeping classes small, masks and daily temperature checks will be required, and students will be socially distanced within the studios and labs. Learn more about DCAD’s COVID-19 health and safety measures.

EXPERIENCE COLLEGE LIFE: For 2021, all participating students will commute to DCAD, attending classes from 9 AM – 5 PM each day. Current second-year students and alumni will serve as Teaching Assistants for the week offering valuable project support and insights on what it’s like to attend an art and design college.

PREPARE YOUR COLLEGE PORTFOLIO: Planning on applying to art school after high school? If so, then DCAD’s Summer Pre-College Studio Immersion program is the ideal opportunity to work on your application portfolio, demonstrate your passion for art, and get one-on-one feedback from art professors.

Due to the need for small classes for each major offered, we highly recommend you complete your registration as soon as possible. DCAD cannot guarantee a student’s first choice major will be available due to high demand.

Program Details

DATES: Monday-Friday, July 19-23, 2021 and/or July 26-30, 2021

TIME: 9 am-5 pm

9 am-1 pm: Instruction with Faculty (includes a break)

1 pm-2 pm: Lunch with Cohort and Teaching Assistant

2 pm-5 pm: Focused Studio Time to Complete Assignments with Teaching Assistant and Optional Portfolio Consultations with Faculty

LOCATION: Delaware College of Art and Design, 600 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

LUNCH + SNACKS: Due to COVID-19, students will be required to pack their own lunches, snacks, and beverages. While there are lunch options in the area, to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants, it will be necessary for all students to remain in DCAD’s building throughout the day. Information regarding food allergy precautions and other lunch guidelines will be included with the registration confirmation packet.

LIVING ON CAMPUS: Due to COVID-19, DCAD is not able to offer a residential program for summer 2021.

*PLEASE NOTE: DCAD is committed to offering the 2021 Pre-College Summer Studio Immersion program in-person. However, if there is a significant change in the status of COVID-19, 7-14 days prior to the start of each program, DCAD will notify you if there is a need to transition to remote learning. Tuition will be adjusted accordingly. A supply kit will be provided to each student and, if necessary, for selected majors, a limited number of laptops may be loaned from DCAD for the week with a security deposit.

*Tuition includes instruction by DCAD faculty, directed studio time with teaching assistants, optional portfolio consultations, and basic supplies.


  • In-Person Commuter Day Student: $700


Note: If registering for two weeks, it is highly recommended students select different majors for each week as there will be an overlap in the curriculum taught each week.

  • In-Person Commuter Day Student: $1,260

Once registration is complete, a confirmation package will be mailed including schedule, course supply lists, and forms participants must complete and return prior to arrival.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: A limited number of partial scholarships are available based on need. Please contact the Continuing Education department at 302-622-8000, ext. 208 or email [email protected] for additional information.

CONTACT US: Questions? For more information, please contact the Continuing Education department at 302-622-8000, ext. 208 or email [email protected]

REFUND POLICY: Refund requests for withdrawal must be made in writing to the Department of Continuing Education by 5 pm on Friday, July 2, 2021. No refunds will be processed after this date. Lack of attendance and/or lack of completion does not constitute withdrawal and are not eligible for a refund of tuition.

Delaware College of Art and Design continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety, and well-being of its faculty, staff, and the campus community. In keeping with DCAD’s COVID-19 health and safety measures, students will be required to remain in their group throughout the day, wear masks except when eating, social distance in the studios and labs, and utilize hand sanitizer frequently. Daily temperature checks will be required upon arrival.

If a student’s daily temperature check result indicates an elevated temperature, the student will not be permitted to enter the building until cleared by a medical professional. The class’s Teaching Assistant will contact the student after the lunch break to update the student on the morning instruction and afternoon assignment.

CODE OF CONDUCT: Students in Pre-College programs are expected to adhere to DCAD’s Student Conduct Handbook.


Are you looking to deepen your Pre-College experience or want to try something new? This fall, DCAD will be offering a selection of six-week Pre-College classes on Saturdays starting in mid-September and Portfolio Prep workshops. Please check back in May for additional information about our fall offerings and other Pre-College programs and events.