Herron Pre-College

An intensive studio experience for the college bound teen

Herron Pre-College is an intensive two-week summer program designed for college bound high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates.

This program will allow you to become immersed in studio coursework, creative thinking, and expose you to the challenge of college level coursework. You will explore creative freedom, advance your skills, enhance your portfolio, and meet other students who share a passion for the arts.

Herron Pre-College 2019

  • Dates: June 10-21, 2019
  • Times: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Herron Pre-College curriculum, coursework, and experience

The structure of this intensive is modeled after Herron’s Foundations year, building upon skills you already have and advancing them for further study.

Just like college students, you will have a course schedule, a number of different faculty, and will attend workshops led by admissions staff and faculty. All students enrolled in the program will be given dedicated studio space to use for their coursework, and will work in the same studios as Herron undergraduates.

Classes will take place in Herron’s Eskenazi Hall and Eskenazi Fine Arts Center on the IUPUI campus. Lunch breaks include guided visits to eateries, libraries, and bookstores to explore IUPUI’s campus and downtown Indianapolis.

At the conclusion of the program, Pre-College Students will present their work to friends, family and any public guests, participate in panel discussions with local artists, and celebrate their achievements. A certificate of completion will be awarded to all students fulfilling the programs requirements.

How to apply

Step 1: Complete the online application and pay the application fee. (Please note: applicants who have not paid the application fee will not have their application reviewed.) The online application includes basic information about you, a few short answer questions and an essay. It is suggested that you compose your essay prior to beginning the application.

Essay question:

Please state what you feel are your strongest skills as an artist, why you are interested in attending the Herron Pre-College program and what you hope to achieve by attending.

Step 2: Submit your portfolio.

Please send a single PDF file that includes images of your 10 strongest works to hyouth@iupui.edu, with the subject: HPC Portfolio (your name). Be sure to include the title, medium and size of each piece.

For tips on creating your portfolio, head over to the Herron Undergraduate Admissions portfolio page and check out the video by our Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator.

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Frequently asked questions

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis 
Applications will not be reviewed after June 1, 2019


All applications and portfolios are reviewed by the Program Specialist for 
Youth Programs, Manager for Pre-College Programs and by a selected Herron faculty member. Students are awarded points by each reviewer and then an average is taken. Students securing more than the minimum amount of points will be offered a place in the program.


Generally, we notify applicants within 3 weeks of receipt of all application materials


In order to best serve all attending students, we accept no more than 16 students. 


No. This program serves to develop technical skill, creative thinking and general college readiness. 


Not at this time. This is an option we hope to offer in the future 


Yes. Scholarship funding is limited and is awarded based on financial need or under special circumstances. A seperate application is required for scholarship consideration. 


Tuition and fees

Herron Pre-College tuition is $850 and includes all art materials.

Applicants must pay a $25 application fee upon submission. The application fee is applied towards tuition for accepted students.

Applicants accepted into Herron Pre-College will be required to place a down payment of $400 to be added to the enrollment roster. Places will be secured only upon receipt of full payment.