All students in our Pre-College Programs—Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus—will participate in an intensive, combined drawing course. In this class, students learn to recognize and manipulate fundamental elements of composition, line, form, space, and modeling. Emphasis is placed on working accurately from observation, with an introduction to other methodologies. Some projects will take place on site during field trips to local landmarks such as the Gateway Arch and the Saint Louis Art Museum.
During the afternoon, students take an architecture design studio that focuses on how creativity and discovery can foster passion and compassion in design. You will also learn how sustainability and the importance of the environment are shaping the practice of architecture. Students will initiate and work on an architectural design, developing it for a final review.
Special programming that complements course work will take place during the evenings and on weekends. In our portfolio development and writing workshop, students will learn how to document the work produced throughout the program. You will also take advantage of films, special projects, field trips, a sketchbook workshop, open studio hours, and lectures by visiting architects, artists, and designers.
Tuition & Housing
Estimated cost for our Pre-College Programs is $4,215. An additional $250 should be budgeted to cover the cost of books, supplies, and equipment. You will be notified upon acceptance to the program, and a non-refundable deposit will be required to confirm your admission. If a student withdraws from the program after classes begin, no portion of tuition will be refunded.
You will live in one of our secure modern residence houses and participate in organized weekend activities with other members of pre-college programs. There are study rooms, kitchenettes, laundry facilities, floor lounges, and a computer lab available for use. Program Assistants (PAs) living in the halls provide advice and information, in addition to leading weekend activities and ensuring the rules and regulations of the program are maintained. A meal plan will allow you to enjoy a variety of food choices available across the campus.
For more information, please contact:
Assistant Director of Special Programs