Senior Project

For many graduating seniors, the transition to college represents the culmination of years of study at The Art Effect, and none more so than those students who participated in Senior Project. As the most intensive program offered at the Art Institute, Senior Project is modeled after a senior thesis college course. It challenges high school seniors to be career-minded and think seriously about their art as they develop a portfolio of artwork around a personal theme. After the twelve-week course, students finish Senior Project with twelve finished works in their portfolio, a letter of recommendation, and are featured in an art exhibition at the Trolley Barn Galley.

In previous years, Senior Project students have earned more than $1.5 million in scholarships to top art colleges and universities around the country. Juniors, Seniors and Gap Year students are welcome to apply!

Now Accepting Applications for 2024 Senior Project!
Deadline to Apply: September 9, 2024.

September 12 – December 8, *No class 10/31, 11/28
Thursdays, 6-8pm + Sundays Studio Days, 4:30-6:30pm
Exhibition Opens: December 13, 2024

To apply: students should submit 10-20 work samples, submit a written theme proposal explaining what their Senior Project will be about by September 9th, midnight. Click Here for online application or email

Virtual info session: Thursday, September 5th, 7-8pm. Students, teachers, and families will hear how the program will run this year, receive important dates, and have the opportunity to ask questions.