Summer Pre-College Studio for grades 9-11
Curious about resources available to students studying art and design at our top-tier, public research university? Digi-Fab Discovery introduces students to the Stamps Digi-Fab Studio, home to our cutting edge digital fabrication technology!
Digi-Fab Discovery is a new two-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 contemporary methods of producing art and design.
Over the course of two weeks, students will gain experience working with tools such as the vinyl cutter, laser cutters and 3D printers. This program will help aspiring artists and designers gain confidence, experience and fluency in digital fabrication.
In addition to studio classes, students will learn about the college admission process, career opportunities, and how to create a competitive portfolio. Digi-Fab Discovery 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.
Digi-Fab Discovery is an intensive residential program introducing participants to the digital fabrication resources at the Stamps School of Art & Design. Digi-Fab Discovery students will participate in both studio classes and open labs to create their work. In studio classes, students will receive instruction from Stamps faculty and staff on the digital fabrication technology supported by the Digi-Fab Studio. In open labs, students will develop and output their designs under the guidance of Stamps staff.
Digi-Fab Discovery will include instruction on the vinyl cutter, laser cutters and 3D printers.
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
July 28 - August 10
Early Action Deadline: March 1, 2019
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
The following materials are required:
- A portfolio of 5-8 images of your work
- A 250 word personal statement
- High school transcript
- One letter of recommendation from an art teacher, academic teacher, counselor or mentor
- A recent photo following MCard Photo Policy (below).
- Photos should resemble a passport photo.
- The photo must be in color.
- The individual must be looking into the camera (both eyes visible).
- Hats, sunglasses or otherwise visually obstructive items may not be worn. Religious headwear is permitted.
- There may not be any words on the photo (this is a common problem with senior photos).
- The individual’s entire face must be seen (a common problem with close up webcam photos).
- The photo must be in JPEG (.jpeg) format.
Digi-Fab Discovery 2019 costs $2500 and includes tuition, room, board (3 meals a day), supplies and field trips. Students are encouraged to bring extra spending money for snacks, laundry, entertainment and souvenirs.
Housing & Dining
Digi-Fab Discovery participants live just a short distance away from Stamps in Bursley Hall. Located on North Campus, Bursley Hall is a mixed-gender residence hall featuring laundry facilities, floor lounges, a computer lab complete with printers and scanners, and music practice rooms.
Bursley Hall is also the primary dining facility for BFA Preview. Learn more about the delicious and nutritious offerings at Bursley here.
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.
Michigan residents 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.
Contact our Pre-College Program Coordinator.