Pre-College Programs

Tyler Pre-College Programs offer creatively driven high school students the challenging and meaningful experience of learning with other young artists at one of the nation’s top schools for the study of art, design and architecture. Classes are taught by dedicated faculty and practicing professionals who provide students with an immersive, hands-on experience.

Students of all levels will find classes that allow them to explore new media and artistic interests, develop technical skills, discover creative career paths and create work suitable for a college admissions portfolio. Tyler's Pre-College programs are designed to introduce high school students to college-level courses while they pursue their passion for creativity and innovation.




COVID-19 Updates
In response to the continued risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be hosting all of our Pre-College Programs online through summer 2021. Each of our programs has been adapted specifically for online learning to allow students to engage in hands-on, project-based learning from the safety of their homes. Our online programs are designed to be as interactive as possible and will include a mix of:

  • • Live face-to-face instruction and presentations with your instructors
  • • Time for hands-on art making and projects, both independently and in small groups
  • • Critique and discussion of projects with your instructors and classmates
  • • Virtual studio visits and guest lectures by practicing professionals
  • • Online resources such as virtual museum tours, site visits and demonstration videos  

Learn More About Online Pre-College Programs

  • Environmental Design Institute

    The Tyler Environmental Design Institute welcomes 10th, 11th and 12th-grade students to explore careers within landscape architecture and horticulture i

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  • Portfolio Boot Camps

    Are you planning on applying to an art school? Designed as intensive portfolio preparation classes, Portfolio Boot Camps are open to 11th and 12th-grade

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  • 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 Philadelphi

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  • Architecture Institute

    Created as a rigorous introduction to the field of architecture, the Tyler Architecture Institute welcomes 10th, 11th and 12th-grade students. Students

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  • Pre-College Summer Studios

    High school students entering grades 9 through 12 are invited to attend the Tyler Pre-College Summer Studios. A series of two-week hands-on workshops, s

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  • Weekend Workshops

    Tyler's Pre-College and Adult Weekend Workshops allow students to explore new media and artistic interests, build technical skills, gain insight into th

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