Pre-College Program

Curious about pursuing a degree in art?

Pre-College provides an immersive art school experience.

July 8 - August 2, 2024

Pre-College is a four-week intensive summer program where you will experience life as an AUArts student. Work alongside other talented young artists creating art, building your portfolio and earning university credits.

Pre-College provides an opportunity to practice working independently, flexibility, and building a purposeful connection with your peer group through interactive projects and discussions.

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Besides immersing yourself in art and design, you will also:

Build Your Portfolio

Experiment with different mediums, tools, and techniques to build a body of work to use as your portfolio. Engage in critiques with your peers while receiving feedback from your instructor to enhance your work. Finish the month a solid, varied portfolio that will prove impressive for post-secondary admissions and bursary applications.

Prepare for University

Pre-College is your chance to experience what post-secondary life is like. Follow a university-level curriculum with studio classes under the mentorship of professional artists and designers. Preparing you for the transition into post-secondary studies and re-shaping your approach to art and design.

Earn Credits

Pre-College is equivalent to an AUArts' first year studio elective. Which means, you will earn three credits towards your undergraduate degree and a head start on whatever program you choose.

Join a Community

Connect and work with others who share a passion for art and design. You will forge friendships and collaborative partners that will support you over Pre-College's four-weeks, across your undergraduate, and beyond. In just a month, you may form friendships that last a lifetime.

What will I do?

Check out your weekly schedule, class descriptions, events, and activities.

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Fees & tuition

Learn more about the cost of Pre-College and how to save on tuition.

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Ready to apply?

Follow these instructions to apply for your favourite four weeks of summer.

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Student experiences

See what last summer's students have to say...

"This program really helped expand my horizons."

"I was exposed to new ways of approaching art..."

"I loved it so much, but the best part was being around other artists just as passionate about art as I am."

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