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Summer 2018 West Coast USA Portfolio Development Institute

CalArts (tentative)

August 11-25

The 2018 summer West 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 Los Angeles on Saturday August 4, 2018 and leave from Seattle on Saturday August 18th. 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 beautiful campus of CalArts in Valencia in the LA area. Students will attend 6 days of intensive studio art classes, get portfolio reviews from the host college staff and will visit art colleges, museum and toursit attractions in Los Angeles


In the second half of the program, students will visit prestigious art schools in San Francisco, Seattle and possibly Portland. 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:


California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

Art Center College of Design

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM)

University of Southern California (USC)

San Francisco Art Institute

California College of the Arts

Pacific Northwest College of Art

Oregon College of Art and Craft

Cornish College for the Arts


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 Coordinator:


Hans Evers

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 in Sculpture from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and an MA in Art History from Tufts University.

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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.


Shwan 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 some of the Preview short workshops.



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