Young Artist Programs for Middle and High School Students
Young Artist Programs at DCAD are designed for middle and high school students who are eager to pursue an art and design education. Click here to view a four-minute “Comcast Newsmakers” interview with Community Programs director Randle Reed discussing this summer’s camp and Pre-College opportunities.
Weeks (Monday – Friday)
– Art Appreciation – June 11 – 15
– Animation – June 18 – 22
– Printmaking – June 25 – 29
– Day program (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
– Before and after care available (8:30 – 9 a.m. & 3 – 5 p.m.)
– 13 – 15
Weeks (Monday – Friday)
– July 9 – 13
– July 16 – 20
– July 23 – 27
– Day and Residential
– Weekend Trips
– Rising Sophomore
– Rising Junior
– Rising Senior
Offering Programs in
– Fine Art
– Graphic Design
– Foundation Electives
Young Artist Day Program
9 am – 3 pm each day.
Tuition & Fees: $250
Before & After Care Fee: $50
(bring your own lunch)
Tour de Art (June 11-15) – From Van Gough to Pollack, young artists will navigate the history of art by exploring a variety of techniques and mediums of the masters to make original masterpieces for your home gallery.
Up, Up and Away (June 18-22) – Young artists will transform themselves into super heroes or super villains through harnessing basic animation techniques like story boarding and stop motion to create one of kind short films that will be ready to share on social media.
Print It! (June 25-29) – Young artists will learn to design and print their own editions in this messy and fun day camp. We will experiment with mono printing and other non-toxic printing methods, making our own cards, t-shirts and more!
Young Artist Pre-College
Courses are led by DCAD’s engaging professors, who are all practicing professional artists and designers. Expect to be challenged in the classroom and through homework assignments while creating portfolio-building work. Small classes enable students to work closely with professors and their peers, gain valuable experience in critiques and flourish in the inspiring environment that is DCAD.
Build skills and confidence during pre-college where half the day is spent in a foundation elective and the other half in a major elective of your choice. Foundation electives offered are: Color Theory, Drawing Value and Shape, Figure Drawing, Fundamental of Art and Design, or Portfolio Development. Major electives offered are: Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Fine Arts or Photography.
Live on campus for the week. Residents stay in apartment-style student housing near DCAD’s studios. Evening activities from ice breaker games to field trips round out the week’s schedule. Current DCAD students and alum serve as Resident Assistants for the week and can offer valuable homework help and insight on what it is like to attend an art and design college.
Each week concludes with an exhibition of your best work and a reception for family and friends. Choose and hang work from both your major class and your foundation elective and enjoy the exhibition, attended by 200-plus visitors.
Pre-College July 9 – 13 July 16 – 20 July 23 – 27 Animation 2D Animation 3D Animation Comic Book Graphic Design Print and Packaging Design Web Design Self-Branding Illustration Digital Graphics Children’s Book Illustration Media and Methods Fine Art Painting Print Making Sculpture Photography Darkroom Photography Digital Photography Alternative Processes Foundation Electives: Figure Drawing Line and Value Fundamentals of Art and Design (choose one) Color Theory Portfolio Development
Tuition and Fees for One Week:
Students may commute, attending classes from
8 AM – 5 PM each day. Tuition & Fees include lunch and optional field trips.
Tuition & Fees: $650
Tuition & Fees: $950
Tuition and Fees for Two Weeks: (10% discount)
Tuition & Fees: $1170
Tuition & Fees: $1710
Tuition and Fees for all Three Weeks: (15% discount)
Tuition & Fees: $1660
Tuition & Fees: $2425
DCAD’s close campus offers the luxury of classes, dining and housing all within one block of each other.
Resident students stay in the residence hall at 707 N. King Street, which houses the 707 Café dining hall, both of which opened in Fall 2012. While each unit in 707 North King Street has unique features, all are studio-style, divided into two areas, offering separate bedroom space and studio work space. Each unit also contains a full bathroom, which features marble tile and countertops. A granite counter with working sink is also located within the unit. Within the 707 building, residents can find the dining hall on the first floor, lounge space, and a laundry facility. The dining area, or atrium, located in the main area of the building offers free WiFi and space for socializing as well as studying. A Resident Assistant lives on each floor of each building. Knowledgeable about the College and community, they serve as role models, enforce community policies, provide advice and guidance, and organize activities. In addition a member of the Office of Student Services staff lives in the building as yet another resource for residents. Tuition & Fees include breakfast, lunch, dinner and field trips.
Once registration materials are received, a confirmation package will be mailed including schedule, course supply lists, a packing list for residents and forms participants must complete and return prior to arrival.
A limited number of scholarships are available. To be considered for scholarship funding, please send:
Application for Scholarship
Letter of recommendation from an instructor regarding how program participation will benefit you and the college community
CD with five samples of art/design work
An artists statement which describes your work and how participation in the program would benefit your development as an artist and designer.
Submit all materials via mail or in person (no email submissions, please).
Refund requests for withdrawal must be made in writing to the Department of Continuing Education by June 26. No refunds will be processed after this date. Lack of attendance and/or lack of completion do not constitute withdrawal and are not eligible for a refund of tuition or fees.
April 30 – Scholarship Application Deadline
June 15– Registration Deadline / Full Tuition & Fees Due
REGISTER online or download the Registration Form here for postal mail registration.
Randle Reed, Director of Community Programs
302.622.8000, ext. 123
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE 19801
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