Pre-College Programs

WashU’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts offers top-ranking programs in architecture, art, and design within a world-renowned academic and research institution. You’ll experience college-level courses and studio culture, and explore the dynamic art and design scene in St. Louis.

Both our Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus Program offer rigorous instruction that prepares you for college-level work. Our programs are recommended for rising juniors and seniors in high school.

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Applications for Summer 2020 will open December 1, 2019

What You Can Expect:

- Attend lectures from WashU faculty and professionals
- Participate in workshops on portfolio preparation and college admissions
- Learn new tools and techniques in our outstanding facilities
- Present your work in a final critique
- Show your work in a public exhibition
- Earn college credit

Field Trips

You’ll visit some of the best museums, galleries, and buildings in the region. Past visits include:

- Award-winning architecture firms and professional artists’ studios
- St. Louis Art Museum
- Gateway Arch National Park
- Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
- Pulitzer Arts Foundation
- Laumeier Sculpture Park
- Our own Kemper Art Museum
- Plus movies in the park, bowling night, City Museum, and more!

Campus Life

You’ll live in residence halls with makerspaces, lounges, computer labs, and more.

- Use the Sam Fox School studios, woodshop, and design labs
- Visit both historic and modern buildings across campus
- Enjoy amazing dining options from cafés and restaurants
- Live in residence halls with your classmates
- Be mentored by program assistants who are current students and recent graduates

Want to know more? Visit the pages for our Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus Program, or contact:

Courtney Cushard
Coordinator of Special Programs

Rachel Youn
Admissions Counselor

Applications for Summer 2020 open on December 1, 2019.

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