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Summer Precollege Programs in the Arts

The precollege programs in the arts at Purchase College are for high school students who are passionate artists, performers, musicians, filmmakers, writers, or scientists and/or have an interest in pursuing these disciplines on a college level.

These programs provide portfolio building, audition training technique, research and college application enhancement opportunities. Institute students may earn certificates based on participation and attendance.

Important Dates: 2019 Summer Youth and Precollege Programs in the Arts

Registration Begins: Monday, February 4, 2019
Early Registration Discount Deadline: Friday, May 10, 2019
Open House: Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. RSVP now

Session I: July 1–12 (No classes Thursday, July 4 or Friday, July 5)

Session II: July 15–26

Session III: July 29–August 9

  • Most programs meet 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Monday–Friday. Boot Camps have unique hours. Please consult the program page for detailed information.
  • Early drop-off and extended-day 1, 2, 4, and 6-week options are also available.
  • Pepsi employees enjoy the 10% discount with proper identification.
  • Each program concludes with a student performance, screening, exhibition, or other culminating event for friends and family.

Rising or Graduating Seniors:
Take a test drive of college and get a leg-up in school!

High school students who have completed their junior year may engage in proactive education by enrolling in summer credit-bearing courses (or noncredit seats in them) to prepare for AP coursework or to earn credit before entering college. Credits earned can be transferred to most colleges and universities.

Enjoy New York (in-state) or Fairfield County low tuition rates for courses taken for credit or even more reduced rates for noncredit seats in the same credit-bearing courses$320 for a noncredit seat in a 2-credit course$520 for a noncredit seat in a 3-credit course, or $625 for a noncredit seat in a 4-credit course (plus applicable fees and a $25 nonrefundable noncredit registration fee). Early registration discount does not apply.

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