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.


Young Artist Day Program

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

Young Artist Pre-College Program

Weeks (Monday – Friday)

– July 9 – 13
– July 16 – 20
– July 23 – 27


– Day and Residential
– Credit and Non-Credit Offerings
– Weekend Trips


– Rising Sophomore
– Rising Junior
– Rising Senior

Offering Programs in

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

Young Artist Day Program

  • Details

    9 am – 3 pm each day.

    Tuition & Fees: $250
    Before & After Care Fee: $50

    (bring your own lunch)

  • Programs

    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!

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Young Artist Pre-College

  • 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 in college-level courses 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 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 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
  • 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
    Non-Credit Tuition & Fees: $650
    For Credit Tuition & Fees: $950*

    Residential Student
    Non-Credit Tuition & Fees: $950
    For Credit* Tuition & Fees: $1225

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

    Day Student
    Non-Credit Tuition & Fees: $1170
    For Credit Tuition & Fees: $1710*

    Residential Student
    Non-Credit Tuition & Fees: $1710
    For Credit* Tuition & Fees: $2205

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

    Day Student
    Non-Credit Tuition & Fees: $1660
    For Credit Tuition & Fees: $2425*

    Residential Student
    Non-Credit Tuition & Fees: $2425
    For Credit* Tuition & Fees: $3125


    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.
    *Students may earn one college credit.

    A letter of recommendation from an instructor should be included with your registration form in order to be considered for participation. 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.

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  • 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).

  • 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

    April 30 – Scholarship Application Deadline
    June 19– Registration Deadline / Full Tuition & Fees Due
    REGISTER online or download the Registration Form here for postal mail registration.

  • 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