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 an annually, fully-subsidized portfolio development program that provides qualified high school juniors and seniors with the art skills training, mentorship, essay writing techniques, college application assistance and financial aid planning necessary to gain acceptance into competitive art colleges.

HS2AS sessions are scheduled in the spring, summer, and fall and take place at QCA headquarters located in the
Kaufman Arts District in Astoria.


  1. What colleges have students been accepted to?
    The list of colleges that have accepted HS2AS students continues to grow.  It includes:
              Alfred University, American University, Boston University, Cal Arts, Carnegie Mellon, Cooper Union, Cornell University,
              Emily Carr, The Fashion Institute of Technology, George Washington University, Hunter College, Ithaca College, 
              Macaulay Honors CUNY, NYU Steinhart,  Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
              Rhode Island School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 
              The School of Visual Arts, and more.

  2. Do students win scholarships?
    In the past 3 years, students were awarded over $2 million dollars in scholarships.

  3. What do students learn in class?
    Students are taught the basics of 2 dimensional design, 3 dimensional design, color theory, art history, with a heavy emphasis on drawing.  Classes are supplemented by artist talks, workshops, museum and gallery trips.  There is a writing class for seniors in the fall and 2 exhibitions where students present and interpret their work for the audience.

  4. Who teaches HS2AS classes?
    Our instructors are practicing artists living and working in New York. They are graduates of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

  5. How much does it cost to attend?
    High School to Art School is a fully subsidized, merit-based program.  If accepted, all class materials are provided.

  6. Do I need prior art experience?
    Absolutely not. We understand students come to HS2AS with different experiences with art, although it’s nice to see good drawing skills, it’s not necessary.  We expect all potential students to be dedicated and passionate about art.  That’s the key!

  7. How can I apply?
    Click the button above to access the HS2AS application.


Email qcaeducation@gmail.com with the subject line HS2AS Questions

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