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.






Pre-College Morning Tracks – Students Choose One

The Creative Writing track is designed to prompt students to discover, assert, and refine their personal creative voice. Students will be exposed to different writers and writing styles, as well as genres such as Storytelling, Fiction, Poetry (including Spoken Word), Hybridity, and Comics.  Each day will include independent writing time, workshops focused on different craft elements, and one-on-one discussions with faculty.  Students in the creative writing track will share their work either in print and/or aloud during the Pre-College final reception.
In the Design track, students will explore the fundamentals of design through experimental exploration using everything from digital to traditional fine art media. Students will experience firsthand the design process and how to integrate their other artistic skills into their design practice to develop a style that’s truly their own. Students will gain essential skills utilizing Adobe Creative Suite, design thinking, and through a variety of projects be challenged to solve an array of creative problems that could include staging photo shoots, printmaking, digital photography, and graphic design.
The visual arts track mirrors the process of developing a college-level visual arts portfolio.  Students will create a body of work based on a variety of concepts and be challenged to convey their ideas through 2D and 3D work. This track will include skill building studios, individualized coursework, collaborative projects, off-campus excursions, and peer critiques.  Skill building studios are designed to further students’ creative problem-solving and empower their artistic practice in drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture. The emphasis during the studios will be placed on self-portraiture, still life, abstraction, and building a series that demonstrates a fully realized concept. At the conclusion of the visual arts track, students will be planning and exhibiting their portfolio pieces to showcase to family and friends.

 Students Choose TWO Electives, one from each column.

First Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Second Week: Tuesday, Thursday

First Week: Tuesday, Thursday
Second Week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Adobe Basics Bootcamp
Increase your knowledge or just start exploring the essential elements of Adobe Creative Suites main programs, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Elevate your creative skills and expand your techniques in this bootcamp with hands-on exercises, tips, and tricks.

Traditional Typography
Package design, labels, logos, greeting cards, paintings, book covers, comics, posters, and many more examples of art incorporate hand drawn type. Explore how hand drawn lettering can become the basis for design work, add an interesting element to an illustration, or serve as a way to add narrative and meaning through text in visual art. Learn to create your own fonts, make unique and interesting lettering for any application, incorporate your own handwriting, and learn how all of those skills can apply to your art.

Rapoetry: Breaking Writer’s Block and Finding Your Voice
Self Suffice (Khaiim) is a recording artist and dedicated “artivist” who spreads the word of positivity and community love through rap and spoken word poetry. Rap offers countless lessons in rhythm, simile, metaphor and commanding space.  Students will be introduced to the elements of hip-hop and rap and learn how to elevate their writer’s voice, gain confidence vocalizing their ideas, and learn strategies to overcome writer’s block.  This session will be packed full of both collaborative and independent writings and shares. Get ready to flow and be heard in this brave, positive environment.

Soft Sculpture/Installation
Utilizing simple sewing techniques, we will build a landscape, or community, out of fabrics and mixed media. Referencing the Chilean textiles, “arpilleras”, we will discuss our own landscapes and build a large installation out of multiple materials. We will use hand and machine sewing, simple embroidery, ribbon work, and basic quilting. Along with the Arpillerists, the work of Ohio artist Aminah Robinson will also be shown and discussed as a starting point.

Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking: Art as an Experience
Students will explore how combining practices in painting, printmaking, and drawing can dramatically add depth and meaning to their artwork. Through demonstrations, collaboration and critiques students will be introduced to a variety of tools and applications across media, then have the freedom to examine how this translates into their personal practice.  Utilizing the principles and elements of design, we will start off creating work focused on realism then build towards more conceptual art. Students will leave this class feeling empowered to experiment and embrace failure when integrating media to convey their ideas.

Painting in Color: Color Theory
Color is a tool artist use to enhance an artworks expression, design, and mood. This course is for student skill building in color’s value, contrast, and color harmony in paint. Through light studies and painting demonstrations, we’ll witness enhancement in color temperature, color placement, and saturation. Students will apply techniques and paint applications into ‘from life’ color studies and their own photographs to explore the expression of color. All student levels are welcome.

Cartooning and Making Comics with Pen and Ink
Students explore the medium of comic arts through a dialogue on the central question, “What is cartooning?” To answer that question, we will practice using comics’ fundamentals including symbolic visual language, writing with pictures and multi-panel storytelling.  We will create comics by following a creative process that includes doodling, thumbnailing, sketching, penciling and inking using their choice of traditional ink drawing tools. Students need no previous drawing skill or experience. Making comics is for everybody.

Beyond the Negative – A Traditional and Contemporary Practice in Photography
Explore a traditional practice of analog photography as well as a contemporary practice with the use of film. Students will use a large format camera to make multiple negatives to print from and manipulate. Students will develop their negatives in a traditional darkroom then use them in alternative sensitizing practices and manipulations. Students will have the opportunity to work with the view camera, wet darkroom, handmade studio, and digital lab to create intriguing, conceptual, and alternative images.

Hip Hop, Art & Social Change: Making an Impact Beyond Your Studio Walls
Students will learn directly from two “artivists,” Rapoet, Khaiim Kelly and printmaker Hope Rovelto on how they use art to inspire positive change and build meaningful connections within their communities.  During this class, students will be challenged to make art that produces dialogue instead of debate, examine the difference between reacting to distractions vs. acting on principle and using the arts to unite local communities. Combining the forces of music, spoken word and screen-printing students will deepen their knowledge of utilizing art as a catalyst for change.

Visual Abstraction
Visual Abstraction is a studio-based class designed to develop a student’s skill and understanding of applying the elements of art and design theory to compose drawings. These drawings will utilize direct observation, digital manipulation, and composition as a tool to help students compose works that focus more on expression, gesture, and formal construction with less emphasis on direct observation.

Traditional Typography
Package design, labels, logos, greeting cards, paintings, book covers, comics, posters, and many more examples of art incorporate hand drawn type. Explore how hand drawn lettering can become the basis for design work, add an interesting element to an illustration, or serve as a way to add narrative and meaning through text in visual art. Learn to create your own fonts, make unique and interesting lettering for any application, incorporate your own handwriting, and learn how all of those skills can apply to your art.





Apply before April 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 April 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.
    • Priority application deadline is April 1. Deposit of $400 due by April 26
    • Rolling Application deadline is July 1. Deposit of $400 due by May 15
    • Remaining Tuition Balance Due by June 1. All applications received after June 1 will require full deposit upon acceptance.



  • Partial scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis
  • To request a scholarship fill out the Scholarship Request Form and submit to the Director of Youth Arts Programs and Outreach, Jaclynn Hart at, or by mailing to New Hampshire Institute of Art, 148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH 03104.
  • The deadline to apply for a scholarship is May 1, 2019 or until funds are no longer available.



Students looking to withdraw from the 2019 Pre-College Program must put their request in writing to Jaclynn Hart, Director of Youth Arts Programs and Outreach and emailed to The $30 application fee is non-refundable.

  • Prior to May 20, 2019 all tuition and housing will be refunded, not including the $400 deposit.
  • From May 21, 2019 to June 24, 2019, 50% of the tuition and housing will be refunded, not including the deposit.
  • No refunds are available after June 25, 2019.
  • No refund will be given to students who are removed from the program due to violating school policies or regulations.

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