Weekend Pre-College Classes

MIAD offers Adult/Teen courses during the fall and spring semesters. Classes are offered on weeknights from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m, Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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What is it?

MIAD offers beginner and advanced classes during the school year on evenings and weekends.

Please note: DPI Scholarships are not available for fall pre-college courses.

Who can register?

High school students and adults.

Important Dates

Registration deadline is one week before start of class.

Any class cancelled due to weather, instructor illness or other circumstance will be rescheduled one to two weeks after the conclusion of the class. There is no prorating of tuition if the student cannot attend the make up session.

Artwork of a giant green snakelike sea creature looking at a tiny diver the size of its head



How to choose the right class

MIAD’s Pre-College classes offer a clear path to prepare for art college. We recommend the following incremental approach to develop the skills and confidence you will need:

  • Approaches to Drawing: Grades 7 – 8
  • Figure Drawing: Grades 9 – 12
  • Scholarship Portfolio: Grade 12 (Fall Semester)

It is extremely important, no matter what discipline you are interested in, to have strong observational and figure drawing in your portfolio when you apply for college. Consider the three classes above as your “foundation” classes.

If you have time to explore beyond these, we encourage you to elect a class from the Adult/Teen section, where you can find painting, photography, illustration, graphic design classes and more. These classes are for ages 16 and up.