Pre College Summer Program

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July 14 – July 26, 2019
Move-in for residential students, July 13

Join us for our 2019 Summer Pre-College program designed for students 15-19 years of age. Surround yourself with likeminded creatives and makers, professional artists and our phenomenal faculty, for an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime. Over the course of two weeks, you will be engaged in a variety of classes, studio workshops, collaborative projects, offsite excursions and more.  NHIA Pre-College offers a true college-level experience that allows students to broaden their skills as creatives while offering the freedom to produce work focused on topics and areas that matter most to them. We’ll support the work YOU want to create and provide the tools needed to take your creative practice and college portfolio to the next level. 



Students in the 2019 Summer Pre-College Program select a morning track either in Creative Writing, Design or Visual Arts, plus to two electives. Students will spend 30 hours in their morning track, Monday – Friday and 15 hours in each of their chosen electives. Evenings and weekends will offer offsite excursions, workshop intensives, open studios and free time to process and decompress.


Monday-Friday Schedule



8:00 – 8:50am




9:00 – 12:00pm

Track: Creative Writing, Design, or Visual Arts

9:00 – 12:00pm

Track: Creative Writing, Design, or Visual Arts

12:00 – 12:50pm


12:00 – 12:50pm

Lunch (not included in fee)

1:00 – 4:00pm

Electives – Students select two classes

1:00 – 4:00pm

Electives – Students select two classes

4:00 – 6:00pm

Free Time/Dinner



6:00 – 9:00pm

Open Studios/Activities Workshops

6:00 – 9:00pm

Commuters will be invited to select evening workshops and scheduled activities.






Pre-College Morning Tracks – Students Choose One

The Creative Writing track is designed to prompt students to discover, assert, and refine their personal creative voice. Students will be exposed to different writers and writing styles, as well as genres such as Storytelling, Fiction, Poetry (including Spoken Word), Hybridity, and Comics.  Each day will include independent writing time, workshops focused on different craft elements, and one-on-one discussions with faculty.  Students in the creative writing track will share their work either in print and/or aloud during the Pre-College final reception.
In the Design track, students will explore the fundamentals of design through experimental exploration using everything from digital to traditional fine art media. Students will experience firsthand the design process and how to integrate their other artistic skills into their design practice to develop a style that’s truly their own. Students will gain essential skills utilizing Adobe Creative Suite, design thinking, and through a variety of projects be challenged to solve an array of creative problems that could include staging photo shoots, printmaking, digital photography, and graphic design.
The visual arts track mirrors the process of developing a college-level visual arts portfolio.  Students will create a body of work based on a variety of concepts and be challenged to convey their ideas through 2D and 3D work. This track will include skill building studios, individualized coursework, collaborative projects, off-campus excursions, and peer critiques.  Skill building studios are designed to further students’ creative problem-solving and empower their artistic practice in drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture. The emphasis during the studios will be placed on self-portraiture, still life, abstraction, and building a series that demonstrates a fully realized concept. At the conclusion of the visual arts track, students will be planning and exhibiting their portfolio pieces to showcase to family and friends.
Adobe Bootcamp
Cartooning & Making Comics with Pen and Ink
Color Theory
Drawing, Painting and Printmaking: Art as Experience
Hip Hop, Art & Social Change: Making an Impact Beyond the Mic or Canvas
Fundamentals of Ceramics
Portraiture to Abstraction
Photography Elements and Experimentation
Rapoetry: Breaking Writer’s Block & Finding Your Voice
Soft Sculpture Installation
Typography: Traditional Lettering 



Apply before March 1, 2019 to have your application fee waived!


Applications are accepted through July 1. Partial scholarships are available and will be awarded as funds remain available on a first come, first served basis. Space in the program is limited.



  • Complete the online application form
  • Include 3-5 works (images or writing) via Slideroom OR include your Instagram handle in your online application, or visit us in-person for a portfolio review with one of our Admissions Counselors. Indicate how you will be showing us your work in your online application.
  • Submit $30 application fee – Application fee will be waived for students who apply prior to March 1, 2019!



Students have the option to attend Pre-College as a resident or commuter.

  • The total cost of the NHIA Summer Pre-College program as a resident is $2,350. This includes tuition, meals, most materials, plus room and board. Students should have money available for individual expenses and offsite experiences.
  • The total cost for commuters is $1,800. This includes tuition, most materials and access to attend select scheduled evening and weekend workshops and activities.
  • Both residential and commuters will need to submit a $400 deposit once accepted into the program.


  • Partial scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis
  • Students wishing to apply for needs-based scholarships must submit a copy of their parent/guardian’s 2018 tax forms in addition to a scholarship request form. To request a scholarship request form, contact us at,
  • Needs-based scholarships will be awarded as funds remain available.



Refunds must be received in writing by June 14, 2019. No refund requests will be considered after that date. Application fee ($30) and the $400 deposit are nonrefundable.

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