Pre-College Portfolio Development Program

The FIA Pre-College Portfolio Development Program (PDP) is a multi-semester course of study that provides serious high school artists with college-level studio arts instruction. Visiting artists, presentations by college admissions representatives, and field trips to National Portfolio Day and prominent Michigan art schools expand the studio experience. 

In addition to rigorous training in drawing fundamentals, students take courses designed to expand the breadth of their skills as well as helping them begin developing a personal artistic vision. Courses include: Painting, Ceramics, Welding, Printmaking, Illustration, and Photography. Students finish the program with the Capstone course which covers final editing of their portfolios, presentation, and exhibition of their works in the Art School. 

Classes meet 2½ hours one evening each week for three ten-week sessions from September through May each year. 

Scholarship assistance, based on need, ensures the program remains merit-based. A limited number of full-tuition scholarships are available to students that reside in the city of Flint. 

Registration is currently closed for the 2017-18 year. Applications for the 2018-19 year will be available Summer 2018.