Summer Sessions for grades 9-11
This summer, Stamps will host three sessions of our Portfolio Prep program. Virtual and residential sessions of Portfolio Prep will be offered. Each session is a studio experience for current high school students (grades 9-11).
Portfolio Prep 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.
Portfolio Prep participants experience 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: 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:
Lessons on portfolio preparation and the college admissions process
Portfolio reviews with the Stamps Admissions Team
Peer mentorship from current Stamps undergraduate students
Tours of the Stamps School of Art & Design and UM’s Central Campus (residential only)
Field trips to local museums and cultural institutions (residential only)
Virtual Portfolio Prep (Virtual): June 19 - June 30, 2023
Portfolio Prep Session 1 (in-person): July 9 - July 22, 2023
Portfolio Prep Session 2 (in-person): July 23 - August 5, 2023
Virtual Portfolio Prep - $750
This program fee includes instructional materials and shipping costs. Please note that we will not ship instructional materials internationally. A non-refundable $50 drop fee is also included in this program fee.
Portfolio Prep Session 1 or 2 - $4,750
These program fees include tuition, room, board (3 meals a day), field trips, instructional materials and shipping costs. Please note that we will not ship instructional materials internationally. A non-refundable $50 drop fee is also included in these program fees. Students are encouraged to bring extra spending money for snacks, laundry, entertainment, and souvenirs.
Housing & Dining
Portfolio Prep - Session 1 & 2 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 Portfolio Prep - Session 1 & 2. Learn more about the delicious and nutritious offerings at Bursley here.