Art Portfolio Preparation High School Institute

This is an intensive summer camp for high school juniors and seniors preparing portfolios for art school admissions and for those about to enter an art program. Each day will include a morning session devoted to drawing and an afternoon session in which students work on a printmaking project and a digital-based project. Optional evening work sessions will also be offered.

Dates of Camp: Official Dates Coming Soon!

We will be using CampDoc for our online registration system. We are again partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic health record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper health information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

The Program:
This is an intensive summer camp for high school juniors and seniors preparing portfolios for art school admissions and for those about to enter an art program. Each day will include a morning session devoted to drawing and an afternoon session in which students work on a printmaking project and a digital-based project. Optional evening work sessions will also be offered.

The drawing sessions will cover fundamentals while addressing more advanced concepts. Most college art programs require a portfolio of drawings that demonstrate a range of skills and reflect how an artist sees and thinks about composing the rectangle. Drawing requires the artist to see the whole composition and quickly go through a series of comparisons while having their hand keep pace. The workshop will break those steps down, helping students build portfolios that reflect a more advanced approach to drawing.

In the afternoon printmaking sessions, students will spend the first half of the week on a combination block print and design project. In the second half of the week, they will work on a two color silk screen project.

At the end of the workshop, students will get overall advice on what to include in their portfolio and will learn how to document their work and how to digitally prepare and format their portfolio.

Who Can Attend? 
This program is open to campers entering their junior or senior year of high school who wish to continue their education at the art school of their choice.

Tentative Schedule
Campers arrive between 2:00 and 4:00 PM on Sunday for registration and leave after lunch on Friday. Sunday registration is followed by orientation, dinner and welcome activities. Classes begin Monday morning. Throughout the course of the week each camper will be given a one-on-one portfolio review and college counseling session.

2-4 PM Registration, Meet the Staff, and Get Settled in the Residence Halls
4:30 PM Camp Welcome/Orientation, followed by dinner, a campus tour, a welcome reception at the new Alfred Ceramic Art Museum and evening activities

Each day will have a morning and afternoon session. They will include introduction to several different art media with continuation of work throughout the week. There will also be daily and some evening studio time along with individual portfolio review and college counseling sessions.

Morning Session: Art Show and wrap-up
Camp ends after lunch - campers vacate residence halls by 2:00 PM.

Alfred University admissions interviews are available by appointment on Friday afternoon. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Office of Admissions at 607-871-2115.

Kathryn Vajda smilingKathy Vajda, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Art in the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, is the primary instructor for this course. Professor Vajda has a BFA in Printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art and MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington.

She has taught at Alfred for over twenty years in Expanded Media, Foundation Drawing and Sophomore Drawing. Professor Vajda began her teaching experience teaching freshman drawing and has continued to work in this area throughout her career. She has received two Excellence in Teaching awards. Her work has been exhibited through out the United States and China.  Professor Vajda’s recent work and list of exhibitions can be seen at her website.

Questions about the class content can be directed to Professor Vajda.

Tuition, Room and Board:

This covers tuition, supervision, materials, take-home projects, room and board from dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day, and recreational activities. The deposit must be submitted with the application (deadline May 1). The $100.00 deposit is required to be paid by the May 1 deadline to be considered for this program. Remaining balance is due by June 1.

How to Apply:
Campers who wish to apply must submit the online registration form (We support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari on a rolling basis.) along with the following:

  • Application Deadline: TBD
  • Deposit Deadline: TBD
  • Complete the online application via CampDoc
  • Provide a one-page essay telling us why you would like to attend this program (in your own words; sign essay)

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds, less the non-refundable deposit, will be made for cancellations received by June 1. A 50% refund will be made for those received from June 2-10. No refunds are given for cancellations received after June 10.

After the May 1 deadline, the Camp Director will review all completed applications and determine which campers are accepted. Acceptance/non-acceptance notification will be provided via email by the middle of May. If you require an earlier decision, please indicate this by including a note with your application form. Applications received after the May 1 deadline will be considered as space allows.

Once campers are accepted they will be reminded by email from CampDocs to complete the required documents (parental permissions to attend as well as health records) for camp.  These are required by June 1, 2020. Updated immunization information (including dates) is also required at that time. (If you do not have updated immunization information on hand, you may want to acquire this from your physician now to avoid processing delays.)

When campers are not in class, they are supervised by our wonderful team of Camp Counselors who serve as mentors, positive role models and friends. In order to ensure everyone has a safe, healthy and enjoyable time on campus, summer campers are expected to abide by the University's summer programs rules & regulations.

When not in classes, campers have fun participating in recreational activities. Living, dining and learning together, campers have ample opportunity to get to know each other and develop lasting friendships. Sample activities include:

  • Ice-breaker games on the first night to help everyone get acquainted
  • Movies in Nevins Theater
  • Outdoor games such as "Capture the Flag" and "Ultimate Frisbee"
  • Indoor games such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," ping pong, board games, basketball, etc.
  • Social gatherings with refreshments & music in the Knight Club
  • Relaxing and socializing at a local coffee house
  • Farewell party on the last night

Campers stay in secure University residence halls dedicated to summer campers (2 per room) and must bring their own pillows, blankets and bed/bath linens (bed linens must fit the extra-long twin residence hall beds). Laundry facilities are available in each hall at no charge. Males and females are housed in separate halls. Our Camp Counselors will be on-site in the residence halls at all times.

Delicious, all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals are served in the campus dining hall. Our Dining Services chefs do an excellent job in accommodating campers with food allergies and other special requirements.

Campers living locally who wish to attend as commuters may do so. The commuter rate, which includes tuition, program materials and lunch is $775. Campers who wish to commute must check in at registration on Sunday and arrive on campus by 8:45 AM for classes Monday-Friday. They must be picked up no later than 5:00 PM Monday-Thursday unless they will be participating in evening activities (please make arrangements with Director of Summer Programs for pick-up times). The last day of camp (Friday) pick-up time is 1:00 PM. Please be sure to check the "Commuter" box on the application form.

Sorry, there are no scholarships or other forms of financial aid available for campers.

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in Western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about your favorite subject and meeting other students who share your passion for astronomy!

The campus, a 6-hour drive from New York City, 2 hours from Buffalo and 1 1/4 hours from Rochester, is easily accessible by car or bus from all directions and is located just five miles south of Interstate 86. The nearest major airport is the Rochester International Airport (about 65 miles north). Transportation to and from that airport can be provided for an additional charge if we receive your request by the date indicated in your acceptance notification. After that date students must make their own arrangements with an airport limo service.

The University may cancel any course or activity at any time because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.