Pre-College Programs

Virtual Pre-College Program

Summer Sessions for grades 9-11

This summer, Stamps will host two sessions of our Virtual Pre-College Program. Each session is an online studio experience for current high school students (grades 9-11) and employs synchronous and asynchronous learning formats.

Our Virtual Pre-College Program is an intensive program focused on developing and curating a competitive portfolio for a college application. This program offers coursework that reflects the structure and rigor of the first year undergraduate experience at Stamps. Under the guidance of Stamps faculty and staff, participants will immerse themselves in studio work and explore a variety of media and methods for producing creative work. Through the expert mentorship of the Stamps Admission team, participants will gain firsthand knowledge about the admission process and learn about the advantages of earning an art and design degree at a world-class university.


Virtual Pre-College Program participants experience five studio classes; Portfolio Studio, Drawing Studio, 2D Studio, 3D Studio and 4D Studio. 

Portfolio Studio: a course that focuses on building a competitive portfolio for college admission. Coursework introduces students to effective visual communication techniques and is structured around exercises in photo documentation, preparing artist statements and written descriptions, portfolio curation and much more. 

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: a 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
  • Peer mentorship from current Stamps undergraduate students
  • A creative workshop with a Stamps alumnus

Asynchronous Programming begins June 21, 2021
Session 1 Synchronous Programming: July 12 - 23, 2021
Session 2 Synchronous Programming: July 26 - August 6, 2021


Application Available: February 1, 2021
Early Action Deadline: March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

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

Each session of Virtual Pre-College Program costs $495 and includes all instructional materials.


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 financial need and academic 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 us with any questions about our Pre-College programs.