Ends on June 1, 2019

About High School to Art School

Are you a high school student looking for a way to build a killer portfolio that will get you into a great art college – with a scholarship? The High School to Art School program (HS2AS) is a free portfolio development program that provides qualified high school juniors and seniors with the art skills training, essay writing techniques, college application assistance and financial aid planning necessary to gain acceptance into competitive art colleges.

About the Summer Session

We are currently accepting applications for our Summer 2019 program. The Summer HS2AS Session is geared towards rising high school juniors and seniors interested in going to art school. This program will prepare students to apply to art college, providing portfolio preparation and art skills training. Students will also participate in field trips to museums, galleries, and cultural institutions across NYC. The session will culminate in a student exhibition.


All rising high school juniors and seniors in the greater New York City area are eligible to apply. Sophomores are considered on a case-by-case basis. Students do not need to be from Queens; any student within a commuting distance to Northwest Queens is encouraged to apply.

All shortlisted applicants must interview for placement. Please not that this is a competitive program, and we are not able to offer all applicants interviews. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by our Program Manager to schedule an interview. Interviews will take place on Saturday, June 15th in Northwest Queens, location to be determined.

Program Dates & Details

Our Summer Session will take place from July 1, 2019 - August 10, 2019. Classes meet on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10am - 4pm.

This program is entirely free. If admitted, all students attend the program on scholarship. Art supplies, metrocards, and snacks are all provided.

Please note that we have a strict attendance policy; students are allotted a maximum of two absences before they will be dismissed from the program.

Next Steps (What to Expect)

  1. Email Confirmation: One you’ve submitted your application, you will receive an email confirmation. *If you do not receive an email confirmation, your application did not go through.* In this case, please contact support@submittable.com or 855-467-8264 to troubleshoot. 
  2. Interview Notification (via Email) Week of June 3: QCA will notify you as to the status of your application prior to the session’s interview dates the week of June 3. Please check your email! If you are accepted for an interview but we do not hear back from you by June 9th, we will be forced to offer your spot to another candidate.
  3. Interview: Should you be invited for an interview, interviews are mandatory for all prospective applicants. Students will meet with our teaching artists and program manager for a 15-minute portfolio review to discuss their interest in the program. 
  4. Final Notification (via Email): Following your interview, you will receive a notification as to the final status of your application via email.


Technical Questions: Technical issues with the online application form or questions about logging into submittable must be directed to support@submittable.com or 855-467-8264. 

Program Questions: Have questions about the program or your application? Email or call High School to Art School Program Manager Kelly Olshan at kolshan@queenscouncilarts.org or (347) 505-3016.