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Portfolio-building programs for high school students interested in art and design.

Stamps Pre-Col­lege Pro­grams include Spring Stu­dio classes and Sum­mer Stu­dio ses­sions. Our vir­tual and in-per­son pro­grams are offered to cur­rent high school stu­dents (grades 9 – 12) inter­ested in build­ing new skills for their cre­ative pur­suits. Stu­dents will receive per­son­al­ized train­ing and advice from Stamps fac­ulty and staff on build­ing a com­pet­i­tive port­fo­lio. Learn about our pro­grams and view appli­ca­tion instruc­tions and dead­lines below.

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Spring Stu­dios

Sum­mer Studios

Appli­ca­tion Information

A link to start your appli­ca­tion will be posted here on Decem­ber 12021.


  • Early Action Dead­line: Feb­ru­ary 12022
  • Final Appli­ca­tion Dead­line: March 152022

Required Appli­ca­tion Materials

The fol­low­ing mate­ri­als are required for all programs:

  • Port­fo­lio of 5 – 8 images of your work
  • 250 word per­sonal statement
  • Unof­fi­cial high school transcript

Appli­cants for in-per­son Port­fo­lio Prep ses­sions must also sub­mit the following:

  • One let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion from an art teacher, aca­d­e­mic teacher, coun­selor or mentor
  • A recent photo fol­low­ing MCard Photo Pol­icy (res­i­den­tial only)


Schol­ar­ships are avail­able to select stu­dents who have been accepted into the pro­gram. Stu­dents seek­ing finan­cial assis­tance for Stamps Pre-Col­lege Stu­dios must com­plete the Finan­cial Assis­tance” sec­tion of the Slid­e­Room appli­ca­tion with the help of a parent/​guardian and pro­vide all required mate­ri­als. A lim­ited num­ber of full and par­tial awards will be pro­vided to stu­dents who demon­strate need and merit.

If the Slid­e­Room appli­ca­tion fee presents finan­cial hard­ship, stu­dents may request a fee waiver by email­ing us at ad-​summer@​umich.​edu.

Michi­gan res­i­dents apply­ing for in-per­son Port­fo­lio Prep ses­sions may also apply for the Wat­son A. Young Schol­ar­ship, an ini­tia­tive sup­ported by the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan’s Cen­ter for Edu­ca­tional Out­reach. The Wat­son A Young schol­ar­ship was estab­lished to sup­port mid­dle and high school stu­dents’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in sum­mer oppor­tu­ni­ties at U‑M that seek to develop stu­dents’ inter­ests and abil­i­ties in aca­d­e­mic dis­ci­plines and expose stu­dents to the expe­ri­ences and pos­si­bil­i­ties pro­vided by higher education.

Health & Safety

  • Vac­ci­na­tion is an impor­tant and effec­tive step in pro­tect­ing our com­mu­nity from COVID-19 and safely return­ing to in-per­son and res­i­den­tial Pre-Col­lege pro­grams. After care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, the Stamps School of Art & Design will require all par­tic­i­pants in our in-per­son and res­i­den­tial pro­grams to be fully vac­ci­nated for COVID-19. Stamps will pro­vide med­ical and reli­gious exemp­tions on a case by case basis. More spe­cific details and guide­lines about safe par­tic­i­pa­tion in in-per­son and res­i­den­tial pro­grams are forthcoming.
  • Addi­tion­ally, all par­tic­i­pants in in-per­son and res­i­den­tial Stamps Pre-Col­lege pro­grams must com­ply with the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan’s Face Cov­er­ing Pol­icy.
  • In-per­son and res­i­den­tial pro­grams will only occur if the Stamps School of Art & Design and the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan can offer a safe and pub­lic health informed expe­ri­ence for every­one involved. Appli­cants should be aware that in-per­son and res­i­den­tial pro­grams may be can­celled at any time.


Please con­tact ad-​summer@​umich.​edu with any ques­tions about our Pre-Col­lege programs.