Early College Program in Art History and Curatorial Studies

A Co-Educational, Sponsored Program for Junior and Senior High School Students

The Early College Program in Art History and Curatorial Studies is a co-educational program at Spelman College designed to encourage rising junior and senior high school students of color to pursue undergraduate studies in art history and curatorial studies. Prior art history or museum experience is not required, however, students should demonstrate a curiosity about how art and visual culture is created; about museums as spaces for cultivating art appreciation; and about the role of curators who shape how art is experienced by the public.

Students at the High Museum

During the four-week, fully-funded program, students attend lectures, complete projects, participate in workshops, and engage in discussions at Spelman College, the Atlanta University Center, and the High Museum of Art while making site visits to other locations in Atlanta and around the region.

After successful completion of the program, rising juniors and seniors in high school will receive a Spelman College transcript verifying that they have earned three (3) credits in Art History and Curatorial Studies.


Students complete the Ways of Seeing: Art History, Curating, and Museums course for three (3) undergraduate credits.


Critical viewing, thinking, reading, and writing skills will be developed along with competence in public-speaking and the use of technology and social media.


Young women and men selected to participate in this program will receive sponsorship covering the cost of room and board, instructional supplies and off-campus museum trips.