Pre College Summer Program

NHIA Pre-CollegeAre you ready to expand your creative process and your work?
Do you wonder if a degree in art or design is right for you?
Would you like to meet and work with other students who are artists like you?

NHIA’s 2018 Pre-College Summer Intensive offers three dynamic and distinct programs of study: Visual Arts, Writing, and Design.  Each program is designed with an immersive and intense daily studio focus to further your skills and creative voice within your field of art, writing or design.  There are a variety of workshops, presentations, and social activities that offer interaction and collaboration between the programs.   Come join us for a transformative college experience as you build portfolio in art, writing, or design.



Choose from a variety of studio courses including Portfolio Drawing, Image and Text, Visual Storytelling, Painting Abstraction, Graphic Novels, Ceramic Design, Photography, and Printmaking.  Each studio course offers the opportunity to learn new techniques, advance and refine your skills, and build a professional portfolio. There are two sessions of the NHIA Pre-College Visual Arts Intensive:  Session I (July 8 – July 20) and Session II (July 21 – August 3); students may attend both.



This workshop is based on exploring writing techniques that help you find your own unique voice and style as a writer. In small classes, you will engage in informal, unstructured writing exercises to build trust in your own voice in a respectful and comfortable atmosphere. From exercises, you’ll move on to completing short pieces, participating in a college-level workshop, peer reviews, and revising your work. You’ll leave here with a portfolio of work that you can develop for college applications and even publication, and you’ll have an established writing community that can thrive beyond this program. The NHIA Pre-College Writing Summer Workshop will be offered in Session I (July 8 – July 20); space is limited.



This is an intense comprehensive foundation to design, design thinking and problem solving through design. Through a multi-modal curriculum, students will understand conventional and contemporary issues and processes in design.  Projects will be both digital and physical with use of Letterpress, Photoshop, Motion Graphics, Video, UX, and Graphic Design.  Students will work on individual and collaborative projects that provide both incredible hands-on experience and a valuable addition to a portfolio.  The NHIA Pre-College Design Primer will be offered in Session II (July 21 – August 3); space is limited.


Rolling Admissions Deadline is July 1
Applications are accepted through July 1. Scholarships are available and will be awarded as funds remain available. Space in the program is limited.

How to Apply

  • Complete the online application form
  • 3-5 works (images or writing) via Slideroom
  • Personal Essay (300-500 words) via Slideroom. Your essay should address how you will use the experience of Pre-College to benefit your education and the development of your creative ideas. You may submit an artist statement in lieu of an essay.
  • Recommendation from 1-2 references, preferably your primary Art or Writing instructor (this may be submitted through Slideroom; emailed to or be sent hard-copy to the Pre-College Team
  • Submit $30 application fee

If you have any questions contact our Pre-College Team at, 603-836-2561.

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