The Pre-College Art Program at Carnegie Mellon University provides a rich and exciting opportunity for high school students to develop their artistic skills, ideas, and portfolios for college admission.
Working and socializing in a diverse and dynamic community of artist peers with an established professional faculty, students gain a preview of undergraduate campus life in a creative environment.
SATURDAY + SUMMER COURSES INCLUDE:
- Soft Art
- Digital Video + Performance
- Print Media
- Digital Photography
- Figure Drawing (live / nude models)
- Industrial Design
- workshops and field trips covering a wide varity of topics and skills
Nude Models: The pre-college curriculum is meant to very closely mirror the first-year undergraduate program of study in Carnegie Mellon’s School of art. Our course work often requires that students work from nude models in classes such as drawing, painting, and sculpture. We expect all students to be respectful of one another, their instructors, and the models themselves in these instances. If a student is unable to participate in class because of nude models, it is their responsibility to approach the instructor ahead of time and receive an alternative assignment.
Tuition & Scholarships - Saturday Program
$450.00 per Studio Session (10 weeks, each Saturday per term)
Dual Registration Discount:
If a student registers for both semesters by the fall registration deadline, a $100 discount from their total tuition bill will be extended. If for some reason a student must drop out of either semester’s class, the discount will be voided.
Material Fees: For certain classes, supplies are ordered at a bulk rate for the use of students in their studios.
- Animation: $60
- Print Media: $60
- Digital Photography: $60
- Sculpture: $80
- Soft Art $80
- Drawing the Figure $50
Art Supplies: Drawing students should expect to pay around $65 and painting students around $100 for supplies. It is suggested that students make a one-time purchase of an inexpensive tackle box to carry supplies and a portfolio to protect artwork. It is recommended that drawing and painting students arrive on the first day of class with a blank check or credit card to pay for pre-made supply packages in the Carnegie Mellon Art Store.
Scholarshis: A number of partial tuition scholarships are available for the 2013–2014 Pre-College Art programs. There is one full scholarship for the fall session and one full scholarship for the spring session, made possible through the Deborah Gibbon Braun Memorial Fund. Please see attached scholarship application for full instructions on how to be considered.
Refunds: To be granted a refund due to student withdrawal, requests must be received at least one week prior to the date of the first class. A $25 processing fee will be deducted from your refund.
Attendance, Evaluations, Safety - Saturday & Summer Programs
Attendance: Students are expected to attend all classes unless a reasonable parental excuse is provided. Classes begin promptly at 9:30am. Participants are asked to be on time.
Evaluation: Students receive a written evaluation of their performance from each teacher. They are based on quality and development of work, as well as attendance and general class participation and preparedness.
Portfolio Reviews: Individual portfolio reviews are open to all pre-college students and everyone is encouraged to participate. review sessions are scheduled for December 14th, 2013 (Fall semester) and April 12, 2014 (Spring semester). The portfolio review is an opportunity to hear constructive feedback on the student’s body of work and to learn more about what is expected out of a competitive portfolio entry when applying for undergraduate art programs. Current CMU School of Art Faculty members conduct reviews.
Faculty: The pre-college Art Faculty of Carnegie Mellon University is a group of accomplished professional artists and educators who share their expertise inside and outside the classroom. With small class sizes, students will benefit from individual attention, intense instruction and substantial, constructive feedback. Instructors will also advise on portfolio development. To inquire as to who will teach individual courses please contact the pre-college office.
Nude Models: The pre-college curriculum is meant to very closely mirror the first-year undergraduate program of study in Carnegie Mellon’s School of art. Our course work often requires that students work from nude models in classes such as drawing, painting and sculpture. We expect all students to be respectful of one another, their instructors, and the models themselves in these instances. If a student is unable to participate in class because of nude models, it is their responsibility to approach the instructor ahead of time and receive an alternative assignment.
School of Art Woodshop: As part of the pre-college sculpture course students will use certain tools and machines in the School of Art’s Woodshop. At the start of each course, our School Technician will provide students with a tutorial on how to responsibly and safely use these items. Students are not permitted to use these tools without appropriate supervision by either the instructor or a teaching assistant.