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Our summer Pre-College Programs are geared specifically to high school students. These two programs—Portfolio Plus (art) and Architecture Discovery Program—give students the opportunity to develop skills that are fundamental to the fields of architecture, art, and design while producing work in a real studio.
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Study Art + Design!

Apply to the Portfolio Plus Program.

Study Architecture!

Apply to the Architecture Discovery Program.


Hear from Our Students


“ADP made me realize that architecture is much more than buildings. Through the structure and the process, we learned more. In the lectures we learned about a lot of things like landscape architecture and sculptural pieces. It made me rethink how diverse architecture is.”

What You Can Expect


Experience the School’s studio culture
Learn new tools and techniques in our expansive facilities
Meet other aspiring artists & designers from across the country!
Immersive, daily, college-level courses taught by WashU faculty
Develop your portfolio and preparing for college admissions
Mentorship from current WashU students and recent alumni
Present your work in a final critique and public exhibition
Earn college credit


Read the Brochure


The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis offers top-ranking programs in architecture, art, and design within a world-renowned academic and research institution. In our pre-college programs—Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus Program—you will experience the School’s studio culture, meet new friends and peers, and explore the dynamic art and design scene in St. Louis.