Pre-College Programs

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts offers top-ranking programs 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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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 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
- 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 across campus
- Live in residence halls with program assistants who help with classes and offer guidance throughout the program. All are current undergrads or recent grads.



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

Courtney Cushard
Coordinator of Special Programs
courtney.cushard@wustl.edu

Rachel Youn
Admissions Counselor
youn@wustl.edu

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