Art & Design Portfolio-Building summer course for high school students

Graphic Design Portfolio Preparation

July 5–23, 2021

(Monday - Friday only)

Now being offered virtually for Summer 2021. Registration is now open!


Given the uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation, Champlain College has decided to transition our program to a virtual format for 2021. This synchronous virtual program will be taught by the same faculty, and yield the same robust learning outcomes, as our residential program. Anyone who has already registered for the residential program will be offered the opportunity to transition their registration to our virtual program or receive a full refund.

What it's all about:

The Pre-College Art & Design Summer Program is a 15-day intensive summer learning program offered in a synchronous virtual format that provides current high school students with an opportunity to create new works or refine their personal portfolios, get a taste of college life and earn three transferable college credits. Students can choose to specialize in graphic design, film & video, game art, or creative media. Students ​spend much of each ​day creating or preparing their work for presentation. They are also encouraged to bring their existing work for review and will receive personalized and constructive advice on how to refine their portfolio for college admittance.

Learn by doing

The studio experience begins with an immersion in in 2-D design foundational studies, including observational drawing, an introduction to color and composition, and digital skill building. Students work closely with nationally-recognized, industry-experienced professors and staff and connect with other highly-motivated students through a common interest in art and graphic design. When not in our virtual classroom or doing creative work, students will have opportunities to connect socially with their peers and build lasting friendships.

For complete information about this unique learning experience, link to the Program Details page.