Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan
 
Pre-College Programs

Pre-College Studios

The Stamps School offers several Pre-College Studios each summer:

 

Pre-College Summer Studios (Grades 9 - 12)
Drawing From Observation

Pre-College Summer Studio Residencies (Grades 9 - 11)
BFA Prep: June 29 - July 19, 2014
Portfolio Prep

Summer Studio (Grades 6 - 8)
In the Middle

Summer Studio Questions & Answers

 

Drawing From Observation

Pre-College Studio
Grades 9-12

Drawing From Observation

Drawing from Observation is an evening class designed to give area high school students the opportunity to build their drawing skills and learn basic drawing concepts. Students enrolled in this class will gain knowledge and experience in a variety of approaches. Topics will include line, value, shape, composition, measuring, proportion, positive and negative relationships, accuracy, gesture, contour and organizational line. The majority of class-time will be structured as studio-drawing time, giving students adequate time to build their drawing skills and apply new concepts. Lectures, demonstrations, handouts, and slides will enhance covered material.

Class meets Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 - 6:30 pm at the Stamps School of Art & Design for a total of twelve sessions.

Dates: April 28 - June 4, 2014
Cost: $300
Financial aid available to students who qualify

Applications

Applications will go live February 14 for Summer 2015 Pre-College Studios. Click here to fill out our notification form, and we'll email you as soon as the application for our upcoming summer session of Drawing From Observation is available!


BFA Prep

Pre-College Summer Studio
Grades 9-11

BFA Prep

What is it like to earn a BFA degree at a world-class university? BFA Prep gives you a glimpse.

BFA Prep is a three-week residential studio for current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Students live on the historic UM campus, make work in their own studio and have access to top-notch facilities. Under the direction of University of Michigan faculty and staff, students immerse themselves in studio work producing a series of 2-D and 3-D projects using a variety of materials. Field trips to the Ann Arbor Art Fairs, University of Michigan Museum of Art , the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit and the Detroit Institute of Art enhance what students are learning in the studio.

In addition to studio classes, students will learn about the college admission process, career choices in the visual arts, and how to put together a competitive portfolio. By the end of the program participants will have a more sophisticated understanding of art-making and a diverse portfolio. Participants mount an exhibition of their work and host a reception for their friends and family at the end of the session.

Dates: June 29 - July 19, 2014
Cost: $3000
Financial aid available to students who qualify

Applications

Applications will go live February 14 for Summer 2015 Pre-College Studios. Click here to fill out our notification form, and we'll email you as soon as the application for our upcoming summer session of BFA Prep is available!


Portfolio Prep

Pre-College Summer Studio
Grades 9-11

Portfolio Prep

Portfolio Prep is a two-week residential studio for current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. The program stresses life drawing and the use of traditional drawing materials. Students live on the historic UM campus and work in studios under the direction of faculty and staff. Day trips to local museums allow students to draw and learn from famous works of art.

Students will learn how to select work for a competitive portfolio and how best to present their work. Participants will learn about the college admission process, career choices in the visual arts, and the special opportunities inherent in earning an art & design degree at a world-class university.

Dates: July 27 - August 9, 2014
Cost: $2000
Financial aid available to students who qualify

Applications

Applications will go live February 14 for Summer 2015 Pre-College Studios. Click here to fill out our notification form, and we'll email you as soon as the application for our upcoming summer session of Portfolio Prep is available!


In the Middle

Summer Studio
Grades 6-8

In the Middle

In the Middle Middle is a week-long exploration in art and design methods and materials, academic skill building, and college preparation for current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. In the Middle meets at the University of Michigan’s School of Art & Design on North Campus in Ann Arbor. Students spend the day in the School of Art & Design studios. Cost includes all materials. Students will want to bring a sack lunch.

Scholarships are available to students who qualify for free/reduced price lunches.

During the 2010 session of In The Middle - a week of teaching about art books, silkscreen printing, linoleum print making, collage, drawing, and a trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts - recent A&D grad Ashley Elander was able to show the students a hands-on lesson about stop motion animation. Check out this compilation animations created by middle school students:

Dates: August 18 - 22, 2014
Cost: $300
Financial aid available to students who qualify

Applications

Applications will go live February 14 for Summer 2015 Pre-College Studios. Click here to fill out our notification form, and we'll email you as soon as the application for our upcoming summer session of In the Middle is available!


 

Summer Studio Questions & Answers

 

Is financial aid available for the pre-college programs?

Yes. A limited number of full and partial awards will be provided to students who demonstrate merit and need. 

How do I apply for financial assistance?

To be considered for financial assistance students must include their Parents'/Guardians' most recent tax return. This is REQUIRED for students applying for financial assistance. 

When is the application due?

The Early Action deadline is March 15, 2013. You will be notified by the end of April if you have been accepted or not. Our regular decision deadline is April 5, 2013 and you will be notified by the end of May.

Is it hard to get accepted?

Space is limited so we are selective in who we invite to participate. 

When will I hear if I was accepted?

If you apply for Early Action, you will be notified by the end of April. If you apply by the regular deadline, you will hear back by the end of May.

Where will I live?

Students live in Bursley Hall, an on-campus dorm at University of Michigan. 

How is the food?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided in the cafeteria at Bursley Hall. Did I mention there is a Belgian Waffle maker? We have options for omnivores and vegetarians. 

I have food allergies. What do I do?

Make sure you alert us of your food allergy. Students with Celiac Disease have special options in the cafeteria. 

Do I really get my own studio?

Yes! Each student gets their own studio to keep materials, work on outside assignments and work on their own projects. It’s YOUR space to make YOUR work. 

I’m not from Michigan. What’s the weather like?

The weather during July and August is pretty hot, with an average temperature of 83 degrees Fahrenheit - but evenings can cool down. 

What should I pack?

Supplies
• 9x12 sketch book
• Drawing pencils
• Personal drawing materials you would like to have such as markers, colored pencils etc
• Backpack/bag to carry  supplies with you

Optional but Suggested
• Flash Drive
• Digital Camera

Personal Supplies
• Bedding (twin xl sheets, a blanket and a pillow)
• Personal toiletry items: a towel, washcloth, toothpaste, tooth brush, deodorant, soap, shampoo, etc
• Shower caddy/bag to carry bathroom stuff
• Alarm clock/cell phone alarm
• Studio clothes (clothes that can get dirty)
• Hat for outdoor drawing
• Hoodie/long sleeve shirt (indoor studios can get cold)
• Sleepwear
• Shower shoes
• Rain gear (umbrella)
• Sunscreen 
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Socks
• Band aids
• A note on clothes, it will be hot in MI but bring a pair of long pants/long sleeved shirt just in case. 

You May Want to Bring
• Electric fan (Rooms are not air conditioned). Fans can be purchased in town.

What NOT to Bring
• Valuable items. The University assumes no responsibility for personal property, therefore, the University of Michigan is not responsible for lost or stolen items within the residence hall.

Can I bring my car?

No.

How will I get around while I’m there?

Students will be able to walk from dorms to their studios and classes. If students want to go downtown, they will have access to University of Michigan buses, which can be ridden for free.