Art Start and DigiStart

Art Start and DigiStart are two unique full-scholarship pre-college programs developed for talented 11th and 12th-grade students enrolled in Philadelphia School District Public or Charter high schools. Tyler School of Art and Architecture is proud to provide this opportunity for local students to advance their creative abilities. The summer 2021 Art Start and DigiStart programs will be combined into one program and held 100% online over four weeks during the month of July. Motivated students interested in exploring their artistic interests are nominated by teachers and counselors for admission into the programs.

Art Start and DigiStart allow students to explore new media and interests, develop technical skills, discover creative career paths, and experience college-level classes. Participants in the summer 2021 Art Start program will learn how to use a variety of drawing mediums, as they expand their grasp of the importance of drawing from direct observation. They will also investigate the creative applications of digital and interactive media programs, such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects, through projects that introduce graphic design, digital photography, and video art. Classes are taught by dedicated faculty and provide students with an immersive studio art experience. All media and materials are provided for students.

COVID-19 Updates
In response to the continued risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be hosting our pre-college programs online for summer 2021. Each of our classes has been adapted specifically for online learning to allow students to engage in hands-on, project-based learning from the safety of their homes. Learn more about our Online Pre-College Programs below:

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SUMMER 2021 ART START BROCHURE COMING SOON

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Click on the class photos below for class descriptions, schedules and details on the nomination process. 

Online for Summer 2021

Weekdays: July 6 - July 30, 2021 
*No class on Monday, July 5

Full-Scholarship Program: Philadelphia School District Public or Charter high school teachers and guidance counselors are invited to nominate students for Art Start 2021. View the class page below to review the nomination process.

Deadline for Nomination: May 1, 2021

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