DCAD's Young Artist Programs for High School Students

Young Artist Programs at DCAD are designed for high school students who are eager to pursue an art and design education. Stay tuned for more information for Summer 2019!


Young Artist Pre-College Program

DCAD Pre-College begins in July 2019! Stay tuned for further details.


– Day
– Residential


– Rising Sophomores
– Rising Juniors
– Rising Seniors

Offering Programs in:

– Animation
– Fine Art
– Graphic Design
– Illustration
– Photography
– Foundation Electives

  • Realize Your Potential

    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.

  • Create Work That Will Amaze

    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.

  • Explore Life as a College Student

    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.

  • Exhibit Your Work in Our Galleries

    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.

  • Program Offerings

    Pre-College Week One Week Two Week Three
    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
  • Details

    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.

    Day Student
    Tuition & Fees: $650

    Residential Student
    Tuition & Fees: $950

    Tuition and Fees for Two Weeks: (10% discount)

    Day Student
    Tuition & Fees: $1170

    Residential Student
    Tuition & Fees: $1710

    Tuition and Fees for all Three Weeks: (15% discount)

    Day Student
    Tuition & Fees: $1660

    Residential Student
    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.

    Register Now!

  • Scholarships

    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).

    Download Scholarship Application Here

  • Refund Policy

    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.

  • Important Dates

    Register online today!

  • More Info

    Randle Reed, Director of Community Programs
    302.622.8000, ext. 123
    Delaware College of Art and Design
    600 N. Market St.
    Wilmington, DE 19801