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Pre-College Summer Arts Academy - Columbus State University

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Department of Art

Study art in a community of creative learners.

Pre-College Summer Arts Academy

The Pre-college Summer Arts Academy is a two-week program of college-level art classes for high school students on CSU’s vibrant RiverPark campus. Hosted the Department of Art at CSU and taught by outstanding creative professionals, our Summer Arts Academy offers young artists a hands-on college experience in a supportive, motivating atmosphere. Working closely with faculty mentors, students will be encouraged to challenge themselves as they investigate and experiment with a variety of materials, techniques, and concepts to produce their most creative work to date.

Dates: July 8 - 19, 2024

Residential drop off will be July 7 from 3 – 5 pm

Pre-College Summer Arts Academy Registration

Studio Offerings

  • Borrowed Light: Analog and Digital Techniques in Photography
  • Color Theory and Collage: An investigation of color and mixed media.
  • Borders and Text: Creative Writing
  • Species of Spaces and Other Places: Sculpture and Installation Art
  • Observation and Investigation: Oil painting

Daily Schedule

  • 9 am – 12 pm
  • Studio Elective
  • 12 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Lunch
  • 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Studio Elective
  • 6 pm – 7 pm
  • Dinner
  • 7 pm – 9 pm
  • Open Studio Hours

Afternoon and Evening Programs:
Field trips, workshops, collaborations, discussions, guest-artist presentations, critiques and activities led by counselors


$1500 residential (Tuition, Lodging, and meals)
$930 day participant (Tuition, and lunch)


  • 2 Studio Elective Courses
  • Daily Special Activities
  • Guest Artist Events
  • Field Trip to Local and Atlanta Museums
  • Pre-College Exhibition at the end of the program

Scholarships Available

Scholarship Requirements:

  1. Must have 3.0 GPA and up,
  2. Must be 14-18 years old
  3. Upload 6 current artworks,
  4. One teacher recommendation,
  5. Completed the online application,
  6. Statement of intent.

Scholarship Application

For more information please contact Hannah Israel at

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