Saturday Pre-College (Fall/Spring)-School of Art - Carnegie Mellon University

Saturday Pre-College (Fall/Spring)

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 peers with an established faculty, students gain a preview of undergraduate campus life in a creative environment. 

Saturday Pre-College Art classes span drawing, painting, sculpture, animation, print media, digital photography, figure drawing, and more. These foundational courses are recommended to any student planning on studying fine art at the collegiate level.


FALL 2016 Application DeadlineSeptember 30, 2016.

SPRING 2017 Application DeadlineFebruary 17, 2017



The Saturday Program is open to Pittsburgh regional high school students from 9th-12th grade

Classes meet Saturday mornings from 9:30am-12:30pm, on CMU's campus.  

Fall Classes October 8 - December 17No classes Saturday, November 26 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday

Spring Classes February 25 - May 6No classes Saturday April 15 in observance of the Easter Holiday

Tuition & Scholarships

Attendance & Evaluation

CLASSES Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

CLASSES Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

CLASSES Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

CLASSES Fall 2013 - Spring 2013

Life 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.