Tuition-Free Pre-College Summer Architecture Program


Pre-College Summer Program in Architecture


The Pre-College Art Experience (PCAE) at Academy of Art University is a tuition-FREE art and design education program for high school students.

The Architecture pre-college program offers two options for the learning modality.  Students can learn in person on our San Francisco campus or online via Zoom.

The program is a great way to get hands-on experience in a fun and low-stakes environment. Curious to learn about what architects do? Interested in finding out whether you’d like to pursue it as a college degree? Find out!

For students who have already made the decision to apply to college as an architecture major, our program can help you build your portfolio.

This program is not for college credit.


Cost: Free

Dates: 6/24/2024 through 7/19/2024 (Class meets Mon-Thu, 2 hours each day)

Location for In-Person Section: 601 Brannan St., San Francisco (0.2 mile from Muni / 0.3 mile from CalTrain King Street Station / 1 mile from BART Powell St Station)

Location for Zoom Section: Zoom links will be announced

Eligibility: 9th grade through 12th grade High School students




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Architecture Courses

AE 13 Introduction to Architecture and AE 14 Drawing for Future Architects must be taken together.

AE 13 Introduction to Architecture: This course offers an introduction to architecture and environment design through the exploration of urban buildings and interiors. Through sketching and model making, you’ll learn about key architectural principles such as program, structure, circulation, and materials.

AE 14 Drawing for Future Architects: In this course, you will experiment with architectural drawing methodologies, especially different projections drawn by hand. Each session will be dedicated to quick freehand perspective sketches and more sustained drawings of assigned spaces. Onsite students will explore local landmarks through field trips and sketching sessions in San Francisco.



Onsite Section 01: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 10-12pm

Zoom Section 01: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 1-3pm

Zoom Section 02: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 5-7pm


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