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Summer 2022 College Courses for High School Students at Lesley's College of Art and Design

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Lunder Arts Center, Cambridge, MA (Two blocks from the Porter Square MBTA and regional rail station!).

Registration for Pre-College 2022 is now open until June 30. 

Please note that the following courses are full: 

Fine Arts Portfolio Preparation (1707)
Introduction to Portrait drawing (1015)
Designing your Personal Brand (1205)

There are limited seats in remaining courses so please register today!  We will notify you if your first choice is not available.

Pre-College is Monday to Friday, July 11-15 & July 18-22, 2022.

*Courses are offered in person.

Are you a rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior, or a gap-year student, thinking ahead to college and your future career? Here's an idea: Enroll in college-level studio classes taught by inspiring faculty at Lesley University's College of Art and Design (Lesley Art + Design) and meet other young people who are as driven and creative as you are.

Explore what you can do at Lesley Art + Design and find out what it feels like to be a college student by choosing from an array of courses and departments. Sign up for more than one course by mixing and matching morning classes (9:30 am - 1:00 pm) and afternoon classes (2:00 - 5:30 pm) to create your ideal summer schedule. You can sign up for half a day or all day with a one-hour lunch break between classes. Celebrate your accomplishments at a special exhibition and reception on the last day of the program, Friday, July 22.

Pre-College Alumni Gallery:

Pre-College Week 1: July 11-15

1-week course | 1 college credit | $325 + $20 one-time registration fee | Inquire about merit- and need-based scholarships.

Mornings (9:30 am - 1:00 pm)

  • Design Your Personal Brand

    Have you ever wondered what it takes to design a brand? Or how to make information visual and meaningful? This hands-on intensive course offers you the opportunity to develop and utilize your own personal brand. The goal is to translate who you feel you are as a person into a conceptual and visually dynamic design. Guided by faculty, you'll be immersed in the complete design process including conceptual development through professional design execution. Projects will incorporate hand-based sketching processes and digital design tools such as Adobe Illustrator.

    You'll receive one transferable college credit upon successfully completing this one-week course. 

  • Darkroom Techniques

    Students will explore the magic of the darkroom.  This course is designed to introduce or expand students’ of traditional Black and White photography.  We will discuss a variety of techniques in creating both negatives and prints, while also familiarizing ourselves with the creative and technical aspects of these processes.  We will be developing film and learning to make traditional B&W darkroom prints.  Different format cameras, lighting scenarios and genres will be explored.  By the end of the course, you should have a thorough understanding of B&W photography, both technically and conceptually.  Students will leave with a small portfolio of B&W photographic prints.  

    One transferrable college credit will be awarded upon successful completion of this one-week course.  

Afternoons (2:00pm - 5:30 pm)

  • Comics + the Graphic Novel

    This course explores the history and craft of visual narratives including comics, graphic novels, and storyboards. You’ll examine historic and contemporary examples of sequential narratives and visual storytelling. You’ll work on developing a story concept, creating dynamic characters and environments, and formatting your work. Through in-class demonstrations and hands-on studio time, you’ll explore a rich variety of techniques that will help you bring your story to life.

    You'll receive one transferable college credit upon successfully completing this one-week course.

  • Get Gaming!

    Eager to learn the basics of game design through hands on experience? Join this week-long course where you'll collaborate on teams to create a playable mini-game demo. Along with short talks and Q&A sessions offering guidance throughout the process, teams will explore key aspects of game development via paper planning and "modding" digital templates. From mapping out a plan with an appropriate scope, to creating dynamic media assets, to iterating on ideas, we'll test the limits of our creativity within the agile structure of a “Game Jam.”

    One transferrable college credit will be awarded upon successful completion of this one-week course.

  • The Photographic Memoir

    Students work on both assigned and self-directed projects that tell stories related to their own lives through both literal and suggestive photographic narratives. In conjunction with photographing, students will take their digital images and learn how to print them as one-of-a-kind handmade photographs in ancient alternative process techniques that date back to the very invention of photography. An image can be from the iPhone, digital camera, or simply a scanned negative. If it is digital it can be turned into the physical. The skills and processes learned are visual tools that enable students to use some of their most prized digital photographs and translate them with the artist's hand into unique and irreplaceable photographs that tell their story. A capable digital camera or current model iPhone is required.

    One transferrable college credit will be awarded upon successful completion of this one-week course.

Pre-College Week 2: July 18 - 22

1-week course | 1 college credit | $325 + $20 one-time registration fee | Inquire about merit- and need-based scholarships.

Mornings (9:30 am - 1:00 pm)

  • Fine Arts Portfolio Prep

    This course will get you ready for the art school admission process! It's designed for students who want to apply to art college in fine arts or undeclared majors. The course will consist of assignments and critiques. The assignments will range from observational drawing, to mixed media and content-driven work. Learn how to explore your personal interests and push your skills! In our critiques and discussions, you'll develop the ability to talk about your own work and be ready for the college interview process. You'll be exposed to contemporary fine artists to help inspire new ideas and the art-making process! You'll also learn how to edit and organize your work to compile your strongest portfolio possible.

    You'll receive one transferable college credit upon successfully completing this one-week course.

  • Graphic Design Techniques for Sneaker Innovation

    Graphic Design is about making things happen whether it’s in the street or on the digital page.  Designers use a visual and strategic creative process, to design solutions for real world, practical applications. This course introduces the designer's process from concept, to application, and how designed solutions in Boston’s sneaker industry affect the world.  Topics covered will include visual brainstorming, concept sketching, connections, typography, form and layout, and more. By the end of this course, students will have a broadened view of the graphic design field, and the impact it can have on society.  

    One transferrable college credit will be awarded upon successful completion of this one-week course.

Afternoons (2:00 pm - 5:30 pm)

  • Portrait Drawing

    This course will give each student an intimate understanding of how to conceptualize and construct a portrait. By exploring fundamental concepts and techniques such as; proportion, structure, features, likeness, and how to visualize and draw the head from different angles students will gain the ability to develop accurate and expressive portraits. Students will use a variety of source material and media.

    You'll receive one transferable college credit upon successfully completing this one-week course.

  • Comics + the Graphic Novel

    This course explores the history and craft of visual narratives including comics, graphic novels, and storyboards. You’ll examine historic and contemporary examples of sequential narratives and visual storytelling. You’ll work on developing a story concept, creating dynamic characters and environments, and formatting your work. Through in-class demonstrations and hands-on studio time, you’ll explore a rich variety of techniques that will help you bring your story to life.

    You'll receive one transferable college credit upon successfully completing this one-week course.

Pre-College Weeks 1 & 2 | July 11 - 22 & July 18 -22

2-week course | 2 college credits | $650 + $20 one-time registration fee | Inquire about merit- and need-based scholarships.

*NOTE: Animation Essentials is a VIRTUAL course.

Mornings (9:30 am to 1:00 pm)

  • Filmmaking Essentials

    Bring your vision to life with a modern approach to independent filmmaking and evolving individual aesthetics. This hands-on, intensive course offers you the opportunity to create individual video projects utilizing classic filmmaking techniques and emerging smart phone technologies. With a combination of viewings and exercises, you'll gain an understanding of experimental video forms as well as traditional, narrative work. You’ll also learn the workflows of independent filmmaking and gain insight on film festival overviews. Guided by faculty, you'll be immersed in the process of producing video shorts, from pre-production to post-production to final export.

    Two transferrable college credits will be awarded upon successful completion of this two-week course. 

Afternoons (2:00 pm - 5:30 pm)

  • Animation Essentials*

    Challenge yourself to explore a wide range of animation concepts, professional techniques, and principles to create movement and action. Apply professional animation techniques such as stop-motion animation, frame-by-frame animation, paper puppetry, and/or digital drawings. Develop projects, participate in screenings, and engage in class discussions.

    To enroll in this online course, students should have regular access to a smart phone and computer equipped with Adobe Animate software and Zoom.  Students will also need a low-cost universal phone stand mount with flexible, long arm bracket that clamps to edge of their desk or worktable.

    Two transferrable college credits will be awarded upon successful completion of this two-week course.

Questions?
Contact the Lesley Pre-College