Pre-College Programs

The Architecture Discovery Program (ADP) and Portfolio Plus Program will be offered online again for summer 2021. Applications are now closed.

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. In our Pre-College Programs, you’ll experience WashU studio culture, meet new friends and peers, and explore the dynamic St. Louis art and design scene. We had great success offering our Pre-College Programs remotely in 2020 and are excited to bring you an even better virtual experience in 2021.

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

Check out the online exhibitions of student work from the 2020 Architecture Discovery Program and the 2020 Portfolio Plus 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.”
—Carlos Cepeda, Miami, FL. Architecture Discovery Program.

“ADP really freed up my whole design process. I also improved my precision, drawing nice lines, and creating sections. I improved my spatial awareness, too. I can better visualize how things work in three dimensions and can translate that into two-dimensional drawings.”
—John Curylo, St. Louis, MO. Architecture Discovery Program.

“The teacher and student relationship is really strong. The classroom environment and how the students support each other and give critiques and feedback is really helpful. The collaborative space and how we collaborate for our pieces is really, really great.”
—Rose Lee, rising senior, China. Portfolio Plus Program.

“The people, the resources, and the professors are the best part of PP. The students are so fun and you get close so quickly. The professor’s guidance, instruction, and feedback is so helpful and specific. The resources are incredible—the facilities and materials we have access to are incredible.”
—Teagan Baker, St. Louis, MO. Portfolio Plus Program.

What You Can Expect

- Receive virtual synchronous (in real time) instruction from WashU faculty
- Work with course materials mailed to each student
- Take part in intensive, daily college-level courses
- Be mentored by current WashU undergraduate students
- Attend workshops on portfolio preparation and college admissions
- Learn new tools and techniques
- Present your work in a final critique and virtual public exhibition
- Earn college credit

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,