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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


  • 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.