Pre College Summer Program

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July 14 – July 26, 2019
Move-in for residential students, July 13

Join us for our 2019 Summer Pre-College program designed for students 15-19 years of age. Surround yourself with likeminded creatives and makers, professional artists and our phenomenal faculty, for an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime. Over the course of two weeks, you will be engaged in a variety of classes, studio workshops, collaborative projects, offsite excursions and more.  NHIA Pre-College offers a true college-level experience that allows students to broaden their skills as creatives while offering the freedom to produce work focused on topics and areas that matter most to them. We’ll support the work YOU want to create and provide the tools needed to take your creative practice and college portfolio to the next level. 



Students in the 2019 Summer Pre-College Program select a morning track either in Creative Writing, Design or Visual Arts, plus to two electives. Students will spend 30 hours in their morning track, Monday – Friday and 15 hours in each of their chosen electives. Evenings and weekends will offer offsite excursions, workshop intensives, open studios and free time to process and decompress.


Monday-Friday Schedule



8:00 – 8:50am




9:00 – 12:00pm

Track: Creative Writing, Design, or Visual Arts

9:00 – 12:00pm

Track: Creative Writing, Design, or Visual Arts

12:00 – 12:50pm


12:00 – 12:50pm

Lunch (not included in fee)

1:00 – 4:00pm

Electives – Students select two classes

1:00 – 4:00pm

Electives – Students select two classes

4:00 – 6:00pm

Free Time/Dinner



6:00 – 9:00pm

Open Studios/Activities Workshops

6:00 – 9:00pm

Commuters will be invited to select evening workshops and scheduled activities.







Apply before March 1, 2019 to have your application fee waived!


Applications are accepted through July 1. Partial scholarships are available and will be awarded as funds remain available on a first come, first served basis. Space in the program is limited.



  • Complete the online application form
  • Include 3-5 works (images or writing) via Slideroom OR include your Instagram handle in your online application, or visit us in-person for a portfolio review with one of our Admissions Counselors. Indicate how you will be showing us your work in your online application.
  • Submit $30 application fee – Application fee will be waived for students who apply prior to March 1, 2019!



Students have the option to attend Pre-College as a resident or commuter.

  • The total cost of the NHIA Summer Pre-College program as a resident is $2,350. This includes tuition, meals, most materials, plus room and board. Students should have money available for individual expenses and offsite experiences.
  • The total cost for commuters is $1,800. This includes tuition, most materials and access to attend select scheduled evening and weekend workshops and activities.
  • Both residential and commuters will need to submit a $400 deposit once accepted into the program.


  • Partial scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis
  • Students wishing to apply for needs-based scholarships must submit a copy of their parent/guardian’s 2018 tax forms in addition to a scholarship request form. To request a scholarship request form, contact us at,
  • Needs-based scholarships will be awarded as funds remain available.



Refunds must be received in writing by June 14, 2019. No refund requests will be considered after that date. Application fee ($30) and the $400 deposit are nonrefundable.

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