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Summer Intensives in Art & Design


Summer 2023 course offerings and descriptions coming soon!


Summer 2023

July 10 - July 21, 2022

Classes held Monday through Fridays
9:00AM - 5:00PM

Registration will open February 16


Summer Intensives in Art and Design offers high school creative students the opportunity to develop technical skills and build studio practice. Studio choices are available in both fine art and design. Students also have an opportunity to develop work for their portfolio. 

The nature of the program is that of a rigorous art school, with students engaging in individual and group critiques. The program meets week days for nine days. Students have the option to attend a morning or afternoon studio only, or to attend two different studios during the morning and afternoon.

Two Formats for Pre-College Summer Studios will be available in summer 2022:


To participate, students will need access to a computer, laptop, or smartphone with video/camera capabilities, and a reliable internet connection.

Online studio offerings include:

  • Live presentations from faculty and check-ins each class
  • Time for creative art making, both independently and in class
  • Break out sessions in small groups
  • One-on-one and group critiques with faculty
  • Online resources such as virtual museum tours, TED Talks, external demo videos, "visiting" artists, virtual collaborations, etc.

Every studio will utilize Zoom and Google Classroom. Zoom will be used for virtual meetings, and Google Classroom will be used to organize assignments and other class content. More information will be provided in your Orientation Packet.


To participate, students will need access to the MassArt campus. We will not be providing supervised housing for the On-Campus version of Summer Intensives. If you are interested in housing, please contact Capstone Management at: Capstone manages residential life for MassArt. Minors will need to be accompanied by an adult in order to reside in the MassArt Residences.

Youth Programs will be following the Covid-19 Safety guidelines set forth by the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Information on our safety policy can be found here: COVID Safety Requirements. For the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, class sizes will be limited to 12 students. 

Program Information AND COST 

Summer 2023 class fees coming soon

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served and space available basis. Submission of a registration form does not guarantee enrollment in a class. If you submit a registration form and your preferred classes are full, you will be placed on the waiting list and notified as soon as possible if a space becomes available.

Scholarships are based on financial need and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please indicate on your registration form if you would like to request a scholarship. To be considered, you will be asked to submit a copy of your most recent tax return (SSNs crossed or blanked out) with your registration form.

Cancellation Policy

MassArt reserves the right to cancel courses in the event of an insufficient number of registrations. Students will receive a full refund in the event that a course is cancelled for this reason. Classes with low enrollment will be cancelled at least two weeks before the start of the program.

Dropping & Refund Policy (2022)

Students will receive a full refund if the class is dropped at least one week prior to the start date of the class. Students who fail to notify MassArt Youth Programs of their registration cancellation in writing, prior to one week before the start of the program, will not be eligible for a refund.


SUMMER 2022 Session

Summer 2023 course offerings and descriptions coming soon.

Morning Studios

Studios run Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 12:30pm.

Unless otherwise indicated each class will be offered in two formats: a virtual format or an on campus format. Students choose their version when registering.

Architecture + Design (On Campus Version Only)
This course introduces students to architectural design through hands-on projects, lectures, and collaborative assignments. Students will learn about practical considerations and broad concepts that shape our built environment by designing a series of structures in response to client and site needs. Technical drawing and model-making are among the skills learned and used with an emphasis on creative problem-solving. Students will come away from the course having experienced a collaborative environment, knowledge of the basic principles of design, and creative work suitable for their portfolio.

The Figure in Two Dimensions (On Campus Version Only)

Students gain an understanding of the human figure using classical and contemporary techniques for understanding proportion, value, contrast, line, texture, and shape. Explore different ways of constructing an image of the figure through both personal expression and abstraction. 

This class will look at traditional and contemporary works and techniques to help inform one’s work. Through daily meetings, one-on-one feedback with instructors, and group critiques, students will experience what it means to be part of a community of artists and how that can shape, inform, and inspire their work. Materials for this class include pencil, pen, charcoal, or other art materials readily at hand.

Drawing Fundamentals (On Campus Version Only)

Expand your visual vocabulary by learning different tools to develop drawing skills and techniques. This class covers basics of perspective and proportion, as well as a number of less conventional approaches to drawing. In addition to analyzing work by contemporary artists and working independently, students have the opportunity to collaborate through group critiques and discussions.

Illustration (On Campus and Virtual)

This course includes four focus areas: Narrative, Editorial, Advertising, and Concept Art. For Narrative Illustration, students create a three-panel story arc in the style of a graphic novel or children’s book. For Editorial Illustration, students use conceptual thinking and metaphor in images. For Advertising Illustration, students balance words and images to create an impactful visual message. For Concept Art, students develop characters and imagined landscapes, and learn what makes fantastic images believable. 

This course consists of presentations, small group critiques, and individual feedback during one-on-one sessions with the instructor. Presentations include an overview of what it means to be an illustrator along with the various markets in which illustrators work. Students will also look at the work of professional and student illustrators as examples of the range of media and styles used in visual communication.

Jewelry and Metalsmithing (On Campus Version Only)
This course provides students with an opportunity to learn important skills in jewelry making and metalsmithing. Students consider how to integrate sustainable practices, such as repairing, repurposing and recycling, into the process of creating  jewelry and metal objects. Contemporary and historic artists will be a source for inspiration to encourage students to combine jewelry and metalsmithing methods with personal voice through 3-D problem solving assignments.

Afternoon Studios

Studios run Monday to Friday from 1:30pm to 5:00pm.

Fashion Design (On Campus Version Only)

This on campus class will focus on fashion illustration, research and sustainability, and reusing garments to give them a new life. Re-invent a garment you own: explore sewing techniques and basic pattern making to deconstruct, alter, or combine garments into one-of-a-kind fashion pieces.

Animation Toolkit (Virtual Version Only)

Students explore the fundamental principles of animated movement through the use of digital software. This course will introduce students to the essentials of leading digital animation programs, with which we will experiment and explore the possibilities of this diverse and contemporary medium.Students will gain a solid foundation in animation, resulting in unique and outstanding pieces for a college portfolio.

Drawing Fundamentals (On Campus Version Only)
Expand your visual vocabulary by learning different tools to develop drawing skills and techniques. This class covers basics of perspective and proportion, as well as a number of less conventional approaches to drawing. In addition to analyzing work by contemporary artists and working independently, students have the opportunity to collaborate through group critiques and discussions.

Designing Character: Might, Myth & Magic (On Campus and Virtual)

This course looks at character archetypes that are at the center of some of our favorite and well-known stories, and allows the artist to re-engage with them and the fantastic worlds they live in. Students create projects from concept to model to portfolio, through supportive critique. This class explores re-imagined popular heroes and villains, making it an ideal experience for anyone creating children’s books, comics or graphic novels, animated cartoons or video games.

Painting from Observation (On Campus Version Only)

Observational painting is the conversation that happens between the artist and the observed. Whether the observed is an object, a place, a person, or even an idea, it becomes the response in visual and personal representation. Working from still life, objects, and the self, students explore foundational concepts such as color, texture, form, space, shape, and line.

Graphic Design (On Campus Version Only)
Designers are creative problem solvers. Students of Graphic Design develop an understanding of the principles of visual vocabulary and learn to be comfortable expressing their ideas visually. This course introduces basic skills and concepts fundamental to graphic designers. Students explore the design process, imagery for the commercial space, lettering design, and techniques for combining these disparate elements.