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 Liberal Arts and Sciences and 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.

    Pre-College Lesley Summer Course Schedule

    Course Descriptions

    Choose from topics in the arts, creative writing, media studies, and more. Courses begin on July 15 or July 22, 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 15-19

    • Art Therapy Perspectives

      This course provides an introduction to the history, philosophy, and theory of art therapy. Students will learn about the creative process and visual expression through experiential exercises, readings, lectures, and film. This course will focus on the use of art therapy in studios and communities. No artistic ability or training is necessary.

      Schedule

      • July 15-19 | 1 credit 
      • Mornings | 9:30 am-1:00 pm

      Costs

      • $325 per credit 
      • $30 registration fee
      • $10 materials fee
    • Screenwriting

      Writing a great screenplay begins with great characters. In this one-week class, learn how to create unforgettable characters, introduce the protagonist’s goal, set the tone for the film, and establish the dramatic situation. Begin with an overview of narrative structure and character arcs. Explore different genres and story types. View scenes from films and television shows. From there, develop characters and write scenes that set up the story world and hook the reader into wanting to know what happens next. Learn to create well-rounded and complex characters and write authentic dialogue. Examine ways to use visual imagery to convey action, and discover ways to integrate exposition and character backstory in the opening sequence of a screenplay for a short film, feature, or television pilot.

      Schedule

      • July 15-19 | 1 credit 
      • Mornings | 9:30 am-1:00 pm

      Costs

      • $325 per credit
      • $30 registration fee
      • $20 materials fee
    • Science and Pop Culture Icons

      Studying popular fictional characters provides a fun and engaging alternative to textbook case studies. In this class, we will use pop culture characters like superheroes, zombies, TV series/movie icons to understand anatomy and physiology. Through lectures, discussions and activities, students will explore what it means to be a modern Dr. Frankenstein or a super villain trying to find ways to beat our superhero.

      Schedule

      • July 15-19 | 1 credit
      • Afternoons | 2:00 pm-5:30 pm

      Costs

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

    July 22-26

    • It’s Not Easy Being Green

      In this class we will evaluate the science behind common actions we take to “be green” to understand the true costs and benefits of our choices. Explore what it means to recycle, to go vegetarian, to buy local.

      Schedule

      • July 22-26 | 1 credit
      • Afternoons | 2:00 pm-5:30 pm

      Costs

      • $325 per credit
      • $30 registration fee

    July 15-26

    • Digital Animation 3D

      This course is an introduction to 3D vector-drawn modeling. Basic techniques of modeling, lighting, texture-mapping, and animation are covered. This powerful application allows the student to create hyper-realistic virtual worlds, which can be navigated with ease.

      Schedule

      • July 15-26 | 2 credits
      • Mornings | 8:45 am-1:00 pm

      Costs

      • $325 per credit
      • $30 registration fee
      • $20 materials fee
    • Storyboarding for Animators

      This course will cover the history of storyboarding in animation and how it has developed and is used today. Students will see examples of storyboards from the early age of animation through current film and television production. Throughout the course, the language of storyboarding mechanics will be discussed and shown and students will create multiple boards using these theories and principles. The relationship between writing, boarding and directing will be explored in depth also.

      Schedule

      • July 15-26 | 2 credits
      • Mornings | 8:45 am-1:00 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. One college credit will be awarded after successful course completion.

      Schedule

      • July 15-26 | Animation Essentials
      • Afternoons | 2:00 pm-6:15 pm

      Costs

      • $325 per credit
      • $30 registration fee
      • $20 materials fee
    • Illustration Now + the Visual Narrative

      Take a look around, Illustration is everywhere in our world! You’ll find Illustration on book covers, and in graphic novels and comics, on food and beverage packaging, and heavily integrated into the fashion, film and gaming industries too!

      Illustration Now + The Visual Narrative, is an introductory course to the professional field of illustration and to creating visual forms that utilize a meaningfully connected series of images. The most basic of these is the simple narrative book, which tells a story moving through time from point A to point B in a linear sequence of words and/or pictures. But there are many ways to tell a story, and a narrative book may involve multiple points of view, flashback and flash forward, and or repetition and rhythm. Utilizing your knowledge of drawing, design, and style, you will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills to visually communicate your ideas. As an artist/author you have innumerable tools to propel the story and compel a reader.

      Throughout this course you will be exposed to a diverse range of contemporary illustrators and illustration techniques. You’ll also engage in visual problem solving, experimentation and exploration through individual and collaborative-based projects. All studio materials are included.

      Schedule

      • July 15-26 | 2 credits
      • Afternoons | 2:00 pm-6:15 pm

      Costs

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

    July 15-26 | All Day

    • Storyteller: Intro to Digital Filmmaking

      This course provides a basic understanding of how films are made and produced. Course instruction will provide technical training in film production and post-production software. Students will develop a foundation of skills and sensibilities specific to cinematography. Technical exercises, critiques of student work, and discussions of narrative film, art cinema, documentary, and experimental works--all created by artists--will inform each student's personal vision and craft. Elements of composition, lighting, editing, and sound will be presented in class as students work towards the creation of a final short film to be screened at the end of the semester critique. This is an introductory course for non-majors.

      Schedule

      • July 15-25 (M-TH only)* | 3 credits
      • All day | 9:00 am-5:30 pm

      Costs

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

    How to Register

    Registration is easy—simply submit your course selections through one of the online forms below (after creating a quick and secure account). Limited spaces are available. Register soon.

    First, choose the right form:

    New students (you've never taken a Lesley course before)

    Step 1: Create a dynamic form account

    Step 2: Use the account login you just created to complete the pre-college registration form

    Returning students (you've taken a Lesley course before)

    Use your existing Lesley login to complete this form (if you don't remember your Lesley login, follow the links on the form to reset your password).

     

    After you submit your registration form, you will get two emails—the first will confirm that we've received your form. The second email will verify your registration and next steps.

    If you have any problems registering, please feel free to reach out to us directly.

    Thanks for choosing Lesley as one of your summer adventures. See you in July!

    Questions?
    Contact the Lesley Pre-College