Pre-College-School of Art - Carnegie Mellon University

The Art & Design Pre-College Program motivates, stimulates and prepares emerging artists and designers for college-level study.

Art & Design Pre-College offers 2 programs:

  • Saturday Program from September through April
  • Summer Program for six weeks from June through July

Exploring traditional tools and new technologies in a variety of media allows them to develop conceptual and technical skills as well as their portfolios.

Challenging courses, stimulating workshops, museum and gallery field trips, and interaction with dedicated faculty introduce young artists to the spirit and substance of an art and design school culture and environment.

Students engage in a wide variety of art-making activities from traditional to experimental, classical to cutting-edge, while working and socializing in a diverse and dynamic community of peers.

Saturday Program

The Saturday Program is open to Pittsburgh regional high school students from 9th through 12th grades. Classes meet Saturday mornings between 9am-12pm.

Inquiries & registration can be made by emailing

Summer Program

Summer Pre-College is open to high school students nationally who have completed their sophomore year and are between 16 and 18 years old. Students have the option to be housed on-campus in dormitories as part of their residency, or commute daily.

Inquiries & Registration