The VCUarts Pre-College Summer Intensive residency program offers high school students an opportunity to explore their interests in the fine arts, design arts or performing arts; promotes cross-disciplinary approaches to creative activity; and imparts practical knowledge and skills to prepare performing artists for college auditions and visual artists for the creation of their application portfolios.

The curriculum is relevant to both future career and personal enrichment in the arts and design. The professors are award-winning artists, designers, and performers who offer valuable insights to help students create portfolios and be ready for auditions. Students need to be extremely dedicated to art and design, and be prepared to work hard in class six to eight hours per day Monday through Friday.

Socially you will have the opportunity to meet students from across the country and around the world. You also build lasting bonds with participants through classes and social activities. Numerous students have found best friends and future roommates while attending the Intensive.

VCUarts is ranked #1 among public art schools in America by US News & World Report. We are located in Richmond, Virginia.