Pre-College Portfolio Preparation


Our School of Art's annual Pre-College Portfolio Preparation Workshop has been re-envisioned this year to offer students an engaging and rewarding experience in a virtual environment.

A drawing of a skull
Students take on an exquisite corpse drawing assignment.

The course is an annual two-week visual arts class designed to prepare the portfolios of rising high school juniors and seniors for admission to college art programs. This year, it is being divided into two one-week online workshops between July 6-17. Students can opt to attend one week ($350) or both weeks ($600). The workshops will be taught by RIT drawing and painting faculty.

The classes will run daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (EST) and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) with the opportunity for additional times as needed. All participants will receive an art kit. 

Week 1 (July 6-10)

For the first week, students will create still-life drawings, gesture drawings of the figure and explore techniques for drawing the human head. We will show demonstration videos and detailed step-by-step slide shows, conduct live demos and hold both group and individual critiques.

Week 2 (July 13-17)

The second week will focus on drawing from the figure, a more in-depth still life and a self-portrait. 

Someone creates a charcoal self-portrait
A self-portrait from the 2019 workshop.
 By RIT Photo Services.


Prepped for Success

Denton Crawford

We want to see the students' own creations and drawings from observation. If we don’t typically see it in our reviews, we give those opportunities to the students for their portfolios — we’re trying to give them a leg up so they have more choices.

Denton Crawford

A workshop instructor since 2014

During the workshop, students will complete a range of projects for inclusion in their portfolios in an online environment with creative peers and RIT School of Art faculty. Students are provided the necessary tools and resources to take on assignments that cater to what college art programs are looking for in applicants. 

Read about students’ experience at the 2019 workshop below: 

Dylan Desmarias (Ridgefield, Conn.)

“I would tell anyone interested in art to take this course. I have had an awesome experience. Not only does it get you pieces for your portfolio, but it’s like a pre-college experience. It’s been a sneak peek at the future and I’m excited to go to college because of it.”

Juliet Hull (Burnt Hills, N.Y.)

“This program gives you a head start on the projects that you’re really going to want for your portfolio. It’s less of a stress because you have a head start from some of the stuff you’ll work on during the school year.”

Elizabeth Lowe (North Canton, Ohio)

“Printmaking and figure drawing was something that I got to try for the very first time, which was really exciting. There are a lot of things that I’ve been able to experience and technical skills that I’ve learned during the course that are opening my eyes to bettering myself even more than I thought I could and getting me ready to handle college art.”

A still life drawing of fruit.A still-life drawing from a previous workshop. Photo by Ryan Flanagan.


Application and Cost


Enrollment in one week is $350; the total cost is $600 if enrolling in both weeks. Tuition includes an art kit that will be mailed out.


Apply for one or both weeks of the workshop

Applications are due by Monday, June 15. We encourage you to get your application in as soon as possible as space is limited. Once we receive your application, we will send you payment information. If you have any questions, please email Fran Chinnock at