Pre-College Programs

BFA Preview

Summer Pre-College Studio for grades 9-11

What is it like to earn a BFA degree at a world-class university? BFA Preview gives you a glimpse! BFA Preview is a three-week residential studio for current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Our students live on the historic U-M campus, make work in their own studio, and have access to state-of-the-art facilities. Under the guidance of Stamps faculty and staff, you’ll immerse yourself in studio work exploring both traditional and experimental media to produce a variety of projects. Students enhance what they are learning in the studio through field trips to the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, and the Detroit Institute of Art.

In addition to studio classes, students will learn about the college admission process, career opportunities, and how to create a competitive portfolio. BFA Preview 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.


BFA Preview is an intensive residential program modeled after the first year undergraduate experience at Stamps. Students participate in four studio classes; Drawing Studio, 2D Studio, 3D Studio and 4D Studio.

Drawing Studio: a studio course that introduces students to the fundamentals of drawing and visual thinking through the act of drawing. This class focuses on the practice of drawing as a core component of visual expression as well as a platform for artistic inquiry and communication.

2D Studio: a studio course that focuses on building basic two-dimensional visual skills. Coursework introduces students to the processes of visual perception and the potential of visual communication. Students learn to work with color, texture and pattern through a series of projects emphasizing the generation, organization, and analysis of pictorial space.

3D Studio: a studio course that focuses on basic three-dimensional composition. Students gain technical skills and knowledge through a series of projects emphasizing the manipulation, organization and analysis of form and structure in space.

4D Studio: ‚Äča studio course that focuses on developing the basic concepts, tools, vocabulary, and principles used by artists and designers in time-based creative practices. Students have an opportunity to develop technical and aesthetic skills as well as a critical understanding of work that utilizes time as an essential element, including studies in audio, video, and animation, as well as live installation or performance.

Our curriculum is further enhanced through:

  • Presentations on portfolio preparation and the college admissions process
  • Portfolio reviews with Stamps admissions team
  • Tours of Central and North Campus
  • Field trips to cultural institutions such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the Heidelberg Project, the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) and the Stamps Gallery
  • An exhibition of work produced during the program

Contact us with any questions about our Pre-College programs.