Special Activities

Various special activities supplement and enrich the coursework and are available to both resident and commuter students. In the past, social events have included outdoor films, dances, and weekend field trips.

Other activities are designed specifically to enhance the studio experience.

Early-Evening Workshops

Workshops and lectures are scheduled on weekdays from 4:30 to 10 p.m. They are optional and open to students in all disciplines. Supplies are provided.

Workshops in previous years have included:

  • Life drawing sessions
  • How to Apply to Art School
  • One-on-one portfolio reviews
  • Make a Ring
  • Altered Garments
  • Bookmaking
  • Intro & Advanced Photoshop
  • Sustainable Design
  • Silkscreening
  • Visits from prominent artists and writers

Field Trips

All students spend a day in San Francisco beginning with a visit to our San Francisco campus. Fine art students will head to one of San Francisco's esteemed art museums while design students meet professionals in their field or visit local firms.

Weekend activities and field trips take students to some of the Bay Area’s most remarkable natural and cultural sites, from the Pacific Ocean and the California redwoods to major art museums and renowned architectural buildings.

Past field-trip destinations have included Santa Cruz, Muir Woods, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Oakland Museum of California, the Legion of Honor museum, Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, and Oakland’s historic Paramount Theatre.

Closing Ceremony

The Pre-College Program culminates with a final exhibition and reading of student work on Friday, July 18. Families are encouraged to attend. Formal invitations to this event are mailed at the end of June.

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