Summer College Courses for High School Students at Lesley University

Calling all rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors—looking for a better way to spend your time this summer? Here's an idea: Take courses in topics that interest you at Lesley's College of Art and Design. 

Through Lesley University's Pre-College Courses, spend up to two weeks commuting to our campus to explore your passions alongside people who are as driven and creative as you are. Study in the center of one of the world's best college towns—Cambridge, Massachusetts—just minutes from Boston. And get a head start on your future by earning up to four transferable college credits.

Sign up for one week or both weeks and brush up on your art and design skills. Our summer intensive studio courses will take place Monday – Friday, July 13 – 17 & July 20 – 24, 2020. 

    Pre-College Lesley Summer Course Schedule

    Course Descriptions

    Choose from topics in the arts, creative writing, media studies, and more. Courses begin on July 13 or July 20, and may run for one or two weeks. We've made it easy for you to enroll in more than one course by providing Week 1 and Week 2 sessions as well as morning and afternoon scheduling options. Select courses are in an all-day format.

    The cost and number of credits per course are included within course descriptions. 

    July 13-17

    • Design Your Personal Brand

      Have you ever wondered what it takes to design a brand? Or how to make information visual (and meaningful)? This hands-on intensive course offers you the opportunity to develop your own personal brand and design an infographic poster about yourself. The goal is to translate who you are as a person into a conceptual and visually dynamic design. Guided by faculty, you'll be immersed in the complete design process including conceptual development through professional design execution. Projects will incorporate hand-based sketching processes and digital design tools such as Adobe Illustrator. 

      Schedule

      • July 13 – 17 | 1 credit 
      • Mornings | 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

      Costs

      • $325 per credit 
      • $30 registration fee
      • $20 materials fee
    • Comics + the Graphic Novel

      This course explores the history and craft of visual narratives including comics, graphic novels, and storyboards. You’ll examine historic and contemporary examples of sequential narratives and visual storytelling. You’ll work on developing a story concept, creating dynamic characters and environments, and formatting your work. Through in-class demonstrations and hands-on studio time you’ll explore a rich variety of techniques that will help you bring your story to life. 

      Schedule

      • July 13 – 17 | 1 credit 
      • Afternoons | 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

      Costs

      • $325 per credit
      • $30 registration fee
      • $20 materials fee

    July 13-24

    • Darkroom Techniques

      In Darkroom Technique, students will explore the magic of the darkroom. This course is designed to introduce or expand students' understanding of traditional Black and White photography. We will discuss a variety of techniques in creating both negatives and prints, while also familiarizing ourselves with the creative and technical aspects of these processes. We will be developing film and learning to make traditional Black and White darkroom prints. Different format cameras, lighting scenarios and genres will be explored. By the end of the course you should have a thorough understanding of black and white photography, both technically and conceptually. Students will leave with a small portfolio of Black and White photographic prints. Two college credits will be awarded after successful course completion.

      Schedule

      • July 13 – 24 | 2 credits
      • Mornings | 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

      Costs

      • $325 per credit
      • $30 registration fee
      • $20 materials fee
    • Filmmaking Essentials

      Bring your vision to life with cameras, lighting, audio production, and much more. This hands-on, intensive course offers you the opportunity to create individual and collaborative video projects. You'll gain an understanding of experimental video forms as well as traditional, narrative work. Guided by faculty, you'll be immersed in the process of producing video, from pre-production to post-production to final export. As part of this course, you'll be responsible for the care and handling state-of-the art equipment. All studio materials and equipment are included. Two college credits will be awarded after successful course completion. 

      Schedule

      • July 13 – 24 | 2 credits
      • Mornings | 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

      Costs

      • $325 per credit
      • $30 registration fee
      • $20 materials fee
    • Experimental Handmade Photography

      Students make handmade photographs using Alternative Process techniques. Images can be sourced from digital files or film. The focus of the class will be on how the process changes the meaning of the photograph through its alteration. Possible processes utilized include: Cyanotype, Salt, Van Dyke, Ziatype, emulsion lifts, and Purell transfers. Experience in photography is not necessary, although enthusiasm is. Students must have their own photographic digital files or negatives. Students will leave with a grasp of multiple photographic processes and a small portfolio of unique prints. 

      Schedule

      • July 13 – 24 | 2 credits
      • Afternoons | 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

      Costs

      • $325 per credit
      • $30 registration fee
      • $20 materials fee
    • Animation Essentials

      Challenge yourself to explore a wide range of animation concepts, professional techniques, and principles to create movement and action. Apply professional animation techniques such as stop-motion animation, frame-by-frame animation, chalkboard animation, and paper puppetry. Gain a working knowledge of Dragonframe animation software and digitization terminals while also developing projects, participating in screenings, and engaging in class discussions. All studio materials are included. 

      Schedule

      • July 13 – 24 | 2 credits
      • Afternoons | 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

      Costs

      • $325 per credit
      • $30 registration fee
      • $20 materials fee

    July 20 - 24

    • Summer Sketchbook

      This class is a chance to get out of the classroom, enjoy the great weather, and observe different locations around Boston. Each class we will be experimenting in different medias and ways of drawing to help you find your own unique rhythm and style. You will leave with a sketchbook that is rich in texture, color, and personal expression. 

      Schedule

      • July 20 – 24 | 1 credit
      • Mornings | 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

      Costs

      • $325 per credit
      • $30 registration fee
      • $20 materials fee
    • Anatomy + Figure Drawing

      This course introduces students to basic human anatomy and gives students the tools they need to make decisions on how to draw the human form.  We will explore ways to represent the character of its pose, proper proportions, analyzing solid forms, using cross contour and structural lines as well as ways to give the figure weight using lights and darks. Students will create a series of pieces suitable for a college portfolio and will work from the nude model in a studio setting. 

      Schedule

      • July 20 – 24 | 1 credit
      • Afternoons | 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

      Costs

      • $325 per credit
      • $30 registration fee
      • $20 materials fee

    How to Register

    Registration information coming soon. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Serowick at 617.349.8651 or precollege@lesley.edu

    Questions?
    Contact the Lesley Pre-College