Pre-College Programs

Portfolio Prep

Summer Pre-College Studio for grades 9-11

Portfolio Prep is a two-week residential studio for current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Through integrative studio classes, students will gain firsthand knowledge about the college admission process and learn about the advantages of earning an art and design degree at a world-class university. Under the guidance of Stamps faculty and staff, students will focus on curating a competitive portfolio for their college application.

Students live on the historic U-M campus, make work in their own studio, and have access to state-of-the-art facilities. Our multi-disciplinary studio classes challenge participants to explore a range of techniques and media during the residency. Studio experiences will be enhanced through field trips to University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, and the Detroit Institute of Art.

Portfolio Prep 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.


Interested in signing up for upcoming pre-college programs? Click here to fill out our notification form, and we'll email you as soon as the application for our upcoming session of Portfolio Prep is available!


Contact our Pre-College Program Coordinator.