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Summer 2018 East Coast USA Portfolio Development Institute

Hosted at SMFA/Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts

July 30 - August 12

The 2018 summer East Coast Preview Portfolio Development Institute (PDI) is a unique 14-day program in the United States combining 6 days of intensive portfolio development courses and a week of college visits.


Created especially for rising juniors and seniors from High School Art programs, PDI helps students become better informed and better qualified applicants for future study in the US, Canada or Europe. Participating students arrive in Boston on Sunday July 29, 2018 and leave from Washington DC on Sunday August 12th. PDI is designed for students who aspire to study visual art, design, architecture and related arts.  Students will improve and develop their portfolio, and will have the opportunity to meet with representatives and faculty from some of the top art and design colleges in the world.


The first half of the program is hosted on the campus of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Students will attend 6 days of intensive studio art classes, get portfolio reviews from SMFA staff and will visit art colleges, museum and tourist attractions in Boston.


In the second half of the program, students will visit prestigious art schools in Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia & Baltimore. Students will get tours of the colleges, learn about admissions requirements and will meet with representatives for individual portfolio reviews and receive personal feedback on their work and advice on how to improve and edit their portfolio.


Art Colleges Visiting:


School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University

Massachusetts College of Art

Boston University, College of Fine Arts

Lesley University, College of Art and Design

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

School of Visual Arts (SVA)

Parsons School of Design, the New School

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)

The Cooper Union School of Art

Pratt Institute

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Drexel University, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Maryland Institute College of Art


Cost is $4,750.

Priority application deadline is May 25.

For more information about costs and payments procedures, please link to the Registration/Deposit Form below.


Program Calendar

Program Description

Registration/Deposit form



Program Team:


Program Director & On-Site Coordinators:


Hans Evers – Program Director

President and Founder of Preview. Hans has over 15 years of admissions experience; senior admission representative at MassArt, SMFA/Tufts, Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, and Associate Dean of admissions at MICA for 6 years. Hans has an MFA from SMFA and an MA in Art History for Tufts University.


Jaimie Garcia – On-Site Coordinator

Jaime was Associate Dean of Admissions at SVA and was coordinator for their Summer Pre-College programs from 2011-2015, and On-Site Coordinator for PDI Summer 2016. Jaime has a BFA from SVA.


Exact lead faculty to be selected from the following educators & others TBA:


Eric Swangstu

Artist and adjunct faculty at DigiPenn in Seattle. Past admissions director at KCAI, SMFA, Pratt and Cornish College of the Arts. .BFA from KCAI and MFA in painting from Pratt.


Shawn Hall

Artist, curator, performance artist, teacher and citizen-scientist based in New Orleans.


Didier William

Chair of the MFA program at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. MFA in Painting from Yale University and BFA from MICA.


Colleen Asper

Critic in Painting at Yale, lectures at many top art colleges and active as exhibiting artist, curator and writer. MFA from Yale and BFA from MICA.


Paul Pos

Paul is Senior Lecturer and Art Education Project Manager at the Willem de Koning Academy/University of Applied sciences in Rotterdam and VP of Preview. He has taught in some of the Preview short workshops.



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