Tulane Pre-College offers an engaging introduction to architecture for high school students who have completed at least their sophomore year, as well as younger students who demonstrate maturity in their attitudes and academics. This program provides a fun and rewarding experience, and encourages participants to explore the world around them from the design perspective. No specialized knowledge or background is needed, beyond a serious interest in architectural design.

In addition to classes, students attend walking tours of New Orleans led by Tulane School of Architecture faculty and professional architects. By exposing students to the unique urban landscape of New Orleans, students begin to see how architecture blends history and culture. Students leave with a digitally archived professional portfolio of work that will allow them to continue to explore their initial interest in the field at Tulane University or other schools with an architecture focus.

Program Highlights

Hands-on coursework

Learn from talented faculty in the heart of New Orleans

Explore potential careers in architecture

Receive college credit

Multiple session dates—ideal for busy families

Reasons to Choose the Tulane Pre-College Architecture Program

As high school students consider careers, they may not yet have been exposed to the unique blend of visual orientation, creative process, academic investigation, and professional training that forms an architectural education. Pre-College students explore architectural ideas, methods, and issues with Tulane professors and local practicing architects. Lectures, studio time, digital workshops, field trips, discussions, and critiques will be supplemented with regular design exercises to be completed outside class time.

Career Explorations in Architecture

At the completion of each course, high school students who pursue a degree at Tulane University will receive 3 credit hours and an official Tulane transcript. Students can enroll in one or both sessions. Students who opt to participate in both sessions will receive 6 credits along with a great introduction to the full spectrum of design and making.

Architecture: Tactile Design

The first course, "Architecture: Tactile Design", embraces the tactile facets of the creative design process utilizing hand drawing, mixed media exploration, and physical model making. Students will explore the city with their sketchbook, experiencing the spatial, environmental, and cultural context of New Orleans. Participants will earn 3 credits and create a professional portfolio that will be digitally archived.

Architecture: Digital Design

In "Architecture: Digital Design", students will explore the realms of digital design, representation, and production as a means of communicating information in a visual and compelling way. Students will learn the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) as well as 3d modeling software to express their design ideas. Students will have the opportunity to work with innovative digital tools within our digital laboratory to compile a portfolio of work that is lively, relevant and professional.

Students who pursue a degree in Architecture at Tulane may use up to 3 credit hours toward major requirements in the Bachelor of Architecture or Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree.

Founded in 1834, Tulane University has the academic traditions and background in the scientific fields, humanities, and the arts to ensure the excellence of its programs. Dedicated staff and faculty, ties to the local community, and hands-on learning come together to provide a transformative educational experience for Pre-College students.

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