Pre-College Programs

Portfolio Prep

Summer Pre-College Studio for grades 9-11

Portfolio Prep is a two-week residential studio for current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Through integrative studio classes, students will gain firsthand knowledge about the college admission process and learn about the advantages of earning an art and design degree at a world-class university. Under the guidance of Stamps faculty and staff, students will focus on curating a competitive portfolio for their college application.

Students live on the historic U-M campus, make work in their own studio, and have access to state-of-the-art facilities. Our multi-disciplinary studio classes challenge participants to explore a range of techniques and media during the residency. Studio experiences will be enhanced through field trips to University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, and the Detroit Institute of Art.

Portfolio Prep students will gain a more sophisticated understanding of creative practice and develop a more diverse portfolio. To conclude the program, participants mount an exhibition of their work and host a reception for friends and family.

Dates: July 30 - August 12, 2017
Cost: $2000
Financial aid available to students who qualify

Portfolio Prep: How to Apply

Go to Slideroom to start your application. Once your SlideRoom account has been created, click "Start a new Submission", and select Pre-College Studios 2017. You will be asked to fill out application questions and upload the following:

  1. A representative portfolio containing 5 - 8 images of your original work.  All images must be identified by title, date, medium, size, and other appropriate information.
  2. A high school transcript.
  3. If applying for a need-based scholarship: enclose a copy of your family’s most recent tax return, along with any other supporting documentation (such as: proof of unemployment, an AFDC medical card, or a statement of need from your high school counselor).

You'll also need to ask an art teacher to write a recommendation using Slideroom's online system.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2017

If you have any questions, please contact Pre-College Programs staff by email or call (734) 764-0397.