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Spring & Summer Pre-College Programs

Portfolio-building spring and summer 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. 

Sign up to receive information about our upcoming programs, register for a pre-college info session, or start your application today.

  • Early Action Application Deadline: February 12023
  • Final Application Deadline: March 152023

Spring Studios

Summer Studios

Application Information


  • Early Action Deadline: February 12023
  • Final Application Deadline: March 152023

Required Application Materials

The following materials are required for all programs:

  • Portfolio of 5 images of your work
  • 250 word personal statement

Applicants for Summer Portfolio Prep sessions must also submit an unofficial high school transcript.


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.


Please contact us with any questions about our Pre-College programs.