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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

Art students mixing paintThe 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 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 6 - 17, 2022

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Registration Deadlines:
Residential - June 1, 2022
Day Participant - June 3, 2022

Studio Offerings

Animation with Professor Demetrius Dukes

Comics with Professor Orion Wertz

Ceramics with Professor Yuichiro Komatsu

Painting with Professor Sally Bradley

Daily Schedule

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Studio Elective I
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 pm Program
2:00 - 5:00 pm Studio Elective II
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Open Studio Hours

Afternoon and Evening Programs:
Collaborations, Discussions, Guest Artist Presentations, Critiques and Activities led by Counselors


$1300 residential
$730 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

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Registration Deadlines:
Residential - June 1, 2022
Day Participant - June 3, 2022

Scholarships Available

Deadline: No Longer Accepting Applications

Scholarship Requirements:

  1. Must have 3.0 gpa and Up,
  2. Must graduate High School 2022, 2023, and 2024,
  3. Upload 5 current artworks,
  4. One teacher recommendation,
  5. Completed the online application,
  6. Statement of intent.

Residential Students:

  • Residential participants stay in the CSU RiverPark dorms and eat all meals at the Rankin Dining Hall
  • 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.

Day participants attend Monday-Friday from 9 am - 4:15 pm and Lunch provided at the Rankin Dining Hall, they may choose to stay for dinner and evening activities for additional cost.


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.

For more information contact:

Teressa Phillips
Phone: 706-507-8301

Virtual Advisor