Earn both a BFA and a Master of Art in Art Education.

Pre College Summer Program

Create About It. Write About It. Be About It.
July 18 - August 1

Join us for our 2020 Summer Pre-College program designed for students 15-19 years of age. Surround yourself with like-minded creatives and makers, professional artists and our phenomenal faculty, for an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime. Over the course of two weeks, you will be engaged in a variety of classes, studio workshops, collaborative projects, offsite excursions and more. 

Pre-College offers a true college-level experience that allows students to broaden their skills as creatives while offering the freedom to produce work focused on topics and areas that matter most to them. We’ll support the work YOU want to create and provide the tools needed to take your creative practice and college portfolio to the next level. Accompany it all with several workshop, plus so much more. See below for the core descriptions and a sampling of the electives, workshops, and lectures.

Creative Writing: This core course will serves as an exploration of the creative writing process, including idea generation, creation and development of drafts, and basic editing skills. Through frequent and diverse exercises, students develop their use of voice, imagery, characterization, dialogue, and narration. Students work in poetry, prose poetry, drama, and fiction. Works produced by professional writers as well as by students in the class form the basis of discussion in the workshop process.


Visual Arts: This core course will provides an introduction to the language of the visual arts and a foundation for individual understanding and enjoyment of art. This course will focus on communication through creative practice, analysis and interpretation, and how we can see it as a cultural product that reveals something about the society that produced it. These topics will be explored through hands on projects, discussions  and critiques.

Electives: Adobe Boot Camp, Comics, Environments, Experimental Drawing, Mask Making: The Dynamics of Expressive Form, Photobook, Sequential Art, Silkscreen, Space Matters, Table Top Sculpture, Writing, Your Story Matters, Storytelling. 

Workshops: Book Arts, Character Design, Cyanotype, Flip Book, Letterpress, Mail Art, Mixed Media, Monotype, Narrative, Observation.

Lectures: Creativity in the Brain, Visiting Artist Talk, Perceptions in Art, Visiting Artist Talk, Contemporary Art in our Lives, Art Education Overview, Spoken Word, Learning to Look - Secrets of Critique, Color Theory, Exhibitions and Presenting Your Creative Self, Social Media for the Artist.

NOTE: All courses are subject to change with out notification and cancellation due to low enrollment or factors beyond our control. In the event of a change or cancellation of a course we will make every attempt to notify student and parent/guardian.



Apply before April 1 for priority consideration. Applications are accepted through July 1. Partial scholarships are available and will be awarded as funds remain available on a first come, first served basis. Space in the program is limited.



  • Complete the online application form
  • Include 3-5 works (images or writing) via Slideroom OR include your Instagram handle in your online application, or visit us in-person for a portfolio review with one of our Admissions Counselors. Indicate how you will be showing us your work in your online application.



Students have the option to attend Pre-College either as a resident, staying in a beautiful residence hall on campus, or as a commuter from home.

    • The total cost of the Pre-College program as a resident is $2,800. This includes tuition, most materials, housing and meals. Students should have money available for personal expenses.
    • The total cost for commuters is $1,800. This includes tuition, most materials, lunch and dinner, and access to attend select scheduled evening and weekend workshops and activities.
      • To confirm attendance, a $300 deposit is required.
      • The remaining tuition balance is due by June 15. Applications received after June 15 will require full fees to be submitted to confirm attendance.


  • Need-based financial assistance is awarded on a first come, first served basis
  • To request assistance, complete the Financial Assistance Request Form.
  • The deadline to apply for financial assistance is May 1 or until funds are no longer available.

Questions? Call Carla Giordano at 603-836-2147 or email precollege@nec.edu.

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