I have questions about:

Cost and Funding
Class Info
Online Classes
Grades/Credits/Post PCAE
Equal Access for Students with Disabilities                                                                                              Other


If my student just graduated from high school can they take part in the summer program?
No.  Once a student graduates from high school they are no longer eligible.

Does my student need to submit a portfolio or transcript to be accepted into the program?
No. A portfolio is not required.

What if my student finished the 8th grade and wants to take part in the program the summer before they start high school?
This occurrence is rare.  This program is recommended for High School students since the curriculum may be challenging and they may not be able to finish all assignments. For onsite and online classes, there may be students up to 18 years of age.  As such, the discussions may be more mature. If you still think this is a good program for your student, taking fewer than the maximum number of classes can help. In order to qualify, the parent/guardian must send an email confirming that they understand the above specifications and provide a reference from a teacher or non-relative adult describing why they feel the student is ready for PCAE.

If my student is homeschooled can they take part in the program?
Yes, as long as they haven’t finished their high school program.

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What is the cost per semester?

The Pre-College Art Experience is a scholarship program, where the application and tuition fees are covered.  Cost of supplies, course fees and housing will need to be paid by the student.  To learn more about this opportunity complete your Pre-College Application here: https://apply.academyart.edu/sae/terms.htm Once this is processed, you will need to speak with a member of our Admissions Department to register for your classes.  The direct number is 1800-544-2787.

What is the cost of the on-campus housing during the summer program?
The cost for the 4-week program is $2,660 plus a $500 partially refundable deposit.  A total of $3160.

What fees/costs will need to be paid by the student/parent?

Application and tuition fees are covered by the program. The student will be responsible for supplies, applicable course fees and housing (Summer semester only).  These will vary per class, please connect with your Admissions Advisor to confirm actual amounts.

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Do you belong to one of these groups or go to school in one of these districts?

Email PreAdmissions@academyart.edu or call 1-800-5442787 to learn how to apply.

  • Marin School of the Arts (MSA)
  • San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)
  • Oakland Fund for the Arts (OFFTA)
  • Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD)
  • Kipp King – San Lorenzo
  • Kipp King Collegiate – San Jose
  • Wishbone.org
  • Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center
  • San Francisco Police Officers Association
  • San Francisco Fire Department
  • Richmond Art Center
  • African American Cultural  Center
  • Narada Michael Walden Foundation
  • San Marin High School
  • Aim High Scholarship
  • Calvary Hill Community Church
  • SF Conservation Corp – John Muir Charter School
  • Foundation for a College Education
  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District
  • Pittsburg Unified School District
  • The Garden Project
  • Young Filipino Professionals Association (YFPA)
  • West Bay Pilipino Center

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What qualifications does the student need to make to be accepted?
As long as the student is a current high school student they are eligible to apply.  Once the application/registration fee has been submitted with a complete application they will be accepted.

Does a student need to re-apply for the program if they have been a participant before?
Yes.  Students must re-apply every semester they take part in PCAE.  If they are a returning user they should log in as a “returning user” on the application page.

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Can a student take the same course twice? Or is there a limit in which they can take the same course?
Students can take the class more than once. If they do so, and pass with a letter grade of C or higher both times, both will count towards the 3:1 Art Elective credit.

My student does not like the class they are taking, can they drop or switch to a different class?
Yes, they have until the end of the first week of class to switch to another class for it to count towards their cumulative Art Elective credit. Students can drop a class anytime.

The student did not get into a class they wanted, is there a waiting list?
No, there is not a waiting list.  The student can continue checking the course catalog to see if a spot opens up.  Classes are first come first serve.

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Class Info

My student has been in art classes since they were young. Is PCAE a good program for them?
Class sizes are kept small and can accommodate all levels of experience from beginner to advanced.

My student wants to change their on-campus class to the online section, can they do that even though the class has started?
No.  The online classes can be very different from on-campus.  They have completely different instructors, and may have different projects.

How difficult are the classes?
Classes are meant to challenge students regardless of their ability or level, but the primary goal is to expose them to different areas of Art & Design. Students that take online classes should have strong time management skills to stay on top of assignments.

Where will my classes be?
This will vary depending on which classes a student takes.  You are able to see what building ad room your classes will be held in the COURSE CATALOG.

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Online Classes

Are online classes “live”?
Pre-College classes are not live. You can log in and participate at your own convenience, but there are assignment and discussion deadlines.

How will I send or submit my work?
You can scan or photograph your artwork and/or create a digital file per your instructor’s requirements.  Our Learning Management System allows instructors to comment on your work and add feedback.  Assignment submission and work critiques will be explained in detail in  the orientation sample online class.

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Is housing offered in the Fall and Spring semesters?
No, only during the summer semester.

Can my student pay the housing cost in portions or does it need to be paid all at once?
The housing cost should be paid in full before moving in. There is no official payment plan but  students and parents can make payment arrangements with their admissions representative if they would like to start payment in advance.

My student is having problems with their roommate.  What can they do?
Students should be advised to reach out to their Resident Assistant in their hall to solve any problems or issues in the dorm.

My student has a friend that is also enrolled in the summer program. Can they room together?
Students who wish to room together can let their representative know.  This request of roommate is not guaranteed and students must be of the same sex to be considered.

Will daily rate students need to check-in and check-out of housing each week?
Yes, they will have to check in and out each week.

Can daily rate students leave belongings in their room for the duration of the six weeks even on the nights they are not staying in housing?
Yes. They have the same room during the program and are allowed to leave belongings  behind with the understanding that they will more than likely have a roommate and to not leave valuables behind.

How does the meal plan work for the daily rate students?
Daily rate students are entitled to 3 meals per day for each day they are staying in Housing.

After the program, where does the housing deposit refund go?
It goes back onto the original credit card used unless otherwise specified.

Do you have more questions? Download our Housing Packet to answer your questions about what to bring, meal plans, and when you can check into your room. Download Housing Docs 2016 (2) – Housing Packet

Will daily rate students need to check-in and check-out of housing each week?Yes, they will have to check in and out each week.You must plan your days in advance and submit this form before Checking into housing: Download Daily Rate Form 2016

Can students go home for the weekends? Students who plan to go home on the weekends should fill out a Housing Absence request form. Download Overnight Housing Absence Form[1]


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What supplies do they need?
This varies by class. Please check with your Representative for supplies needed for specific classes.

What if the student has some of the necessary supplies already?  Do they need to buy everything new?
No, if they already have some of the necessary supplies they are more than welcome to use what they have.

Do students need supplies the first day of class?
It is recommended that students bring all supplies the first day.  The instructor will advise the students on what they need for future classes.


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Grades/Credits/Post PCAE

Can PCAE AAU classes be considered for transfer to another university?
They would have to check with that University.

Can PCAE classes ONLY be taken for art elective credit?
At AAU – yes.

Can the student drop a class?
Yes.  If they are staying in housing for the summer they must be enrolled in 4 classes, so dropping does not usually apply to them unless they are switching to another class.

What’s the difference between a Certificate of Completion and a Transcript?
A Certificate of Completion will automatically be sent to all Participants at the end of the semester regardless of their success in the program. A transcript is a detailed report including grades. If a student wishes to obtain a Transcript, please e-mail preadmissions@academyart.edu.

How do I get my transcript for the classes I have taken?
Fill out a PCAE_Transcript_Request Form and fax it to (415) 618-6273

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Equal Access for Students with Disabilities

Who should I talk to about obtaining accommodations related to a disability?  Classroom Services ensures equal access and facilitates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.  They can be reached at 415.618.3775 or  accessibility@academyart.edu.  Information provided to Classroom Services is confidential and will not be shared without permission from the student.

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What are the benefits of taking part in the Pre-College Art Experience?

  • Get an introduction to a life at a top art and design university
  • Get help in building a solid portfolio. (Create pieces for a solid portfolio.)
  • Earn college credit towards Academy of Art University for up to 2 undergraduate Elective classes (3 Pre-College classes successfully completed with grade “C” of higher =1 undergraduate class) Only a maximum of 6 PCAE classes can apply to 2 undergraduate Electives within your major. Excludes B. Arch, Art Education and AA programs.
  • Discover career opportunities in various fields of art and design before enrolling as an undergraduate student

What types of activities are planned for students during the summer program?
Students have a variety of activities planned during the program.  These can change from year to year and are not required by the students.  Some examples from past summers include: hiking in Muir Woods, Yerba Buena Art tour, basketball games, explore the mission and more!

If my student is taking part in on-campus classes but isn’t living in housing, can they still take part in the planned activities.
Yes, but there are some activities designated for on-campus housing students only.  There are many that are open to all students.

Will students have the opportunity to network with undergraduate students in the program?
Pre-College students will be taking classes in the same buildings as undergraduate and graduate students.  However, PCAE classes only have PCAE students attending.  They will not have a lot of opportunities to network with undergrad/grad students.

Can Pre-College students get the discounted student BART pass?
No.  PCAE students are not eligible.


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