School of the Museum of Fine Arts: Pre-College Summer Studio

    School of the Museum of Fine Arts: Pre-College Summer Studio


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: Four Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Performing & Visual Arts
    • Selective: No
    • Minimum Cost: > $3,000
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    High school students can shape their own artistic direction by exploring a wide range of media this summer. At SMFA we recognize that disciplines converge and influence each other, and that contemporary art is truly interdisciplinary.

    Pre-College Summer Studio 2015 | Four Weeks | June 28 - July 24, 2015

    The SMFA Pre-College Program is a rigorous summer program for high school students interested in the visual arts. The core of the curriculum centers around an interdisciplinary approach, combining studio work, critique and discussion, building a solid foundation of artistry, conceptualization and technical skills. Students from a variety of backgrounds and countries spend four weeks at SMFA's campus in Boston, utilizing the studios, working with expert faculty and graduate mentors, building their portfolios, exploring the Museum of Fine Arts and Boston's cultural and historic landmarks. Graduates of the program can earn up to four college credits towards undergraduate study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

    Explore drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, video, digital photography and design in college-level classes. Then, armed with skills in numerous disciplines, work on your ideas in your own studio space. Our interdisciplinary and concept-based approach to art-making reflects SMFA's unique vision. The core curriculum encompasses foundational skills, historic and contemporary practices, experimentation and critical thinking skills. The program also includes presentations by visiting artists and one-on-one mentoring to help you develop art projects, build a portfolio, explore career paths and prepare for the college application process.

    Campus Life - The strong sense of community that develops between students, faculty and staff is what makes the Summer Studio Program at SMFA unique. That spirit of creativity and collaboration continues in the residence hall at the end of each day and during the weekends. A team of Resident Assistants and a Resident Coordinator live with students. Independent studio time, museum and gallery field trips, thrift store visits and the occasional venture to the beach or to parks provide an enriching experience for students outside of the classroom. The Residence Hall is conveniently located next door to the main building, where all meals, classes and studios are held.

    The total cost of the four-week program for residential summer students is $5,500, and the cost for commuter students is $3,300. Scholarships are available to program applicants each year based on need and merit, combined. Students who successfully complete the four-week Pre-College Summer Program and are invited to enroll in one of SMFA's full-time undergraduate programs, will receive a $3,000 scholarship.

    Application Requirements

    • Non-refundable $50 application fee
    • A one-page essay on why you are applying to SMFA's Pre-College Summer Program
    • Portfolio containing eight images of your artwork, in any media
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