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Pre-College Summer Arts Academy - Columbus State University

Department of Art

Study art in a community of creative learners.

Pre-College Summer Arts Academy

The Pre-college Summer Arts Academy is a one-week program of college-level art classes for high school students on CSU’s vibrant RiverPark campus. Hosted by CSU‘s Department of Arts 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: June 2–8, 2023

Registration Deadline: May 25, 2023

Registration Links

Studio Offerings

  • Photography:
  • Professor Travis Dodd
  • Comics:
  • Professor Orion Wertz
  • Graphic Design:
  • Professor Samantha Yoo
  • Painting:
  • Professor Sally Bradley

Daily Schedule

  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Studio Elective I
  • 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Lunch
  • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Program
  • 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Studio Elective II
  • 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Dinner
  • 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Open Studio Hours

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


$980 residential
$460 day participant


  • 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

Program Registration Deadline: April 15, 2023

Scholarships Available

Scholarship Requirements:

  1. Must have 3.0 GPA and up,
  2. Must graduate High School 2023, 2024, or 2025
  3. Upload 5 current artworks,
  4. One teacher recommendation,
  5. Completed the online application,
  6. Statement of intent.

Scholarship Deadline: April 15, 2023

Pre-college Scholarship Application

Student Types

There are two types of students: residential and day.

Residential Students

  • Residential participants stay in the CSU RiverPark dorms and eat all meals at the Rankin Dining Hall.
  • Drop off is June 1 from 3–5 p.m. at Oglethorpe Residency Hall (1023 1st Avenue, Columbus, GA). A group leader will be there to meet you and check you in your apartment.
  • Residential will have night activities, collaboration, and night studio access.
  • Residential will have several Resident Assistants in their floors who are also their Pre-College Counselors.

Register as a residential student

Day Participants

  • They may attend June 2–8 from 9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • Lunch is provided at the Rankin Dining Hall.
  • For an additional cost, they may choose to stay for dinner and evening activities.

Register as a day student


CSU RiverPark Dorms - Residential campers will be housed in loft-style apartments, just steps away from the RiverPark Campus. The RiverPark Campus is located in the middle of Columbus’ exciting downtown district, within walking distance of the Chattahoochee River.


The Den - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided for residential campers (from Dinner on Sunday 6/05 through breakfast on Saturday 7/17) - Lunch for day campers Monday-Friday is provided.


  • Saturday, June 3: Birmingham Museum of Art and studio visits with Birmingham Artists
  • Sunday, June 4: Studio Visit with Local Artists in Columbus, GA and Picnic at Pasaquan, Buena Vista, GA

Other activities during the week after classes:

  • Bicycle Public Art Tour
  • Mural Workshop 
  • Cyanotype Workshop with CSU Students
  • Games and Movie Nights

Note: On May 15, we will be sending more information for students who are registered.

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