High School Residency: Portfolio Prep

A successful portfolio is a compilation of work that conveys your creative vision and skill while also serving as an expression of your unique identity and ideas. Learn how to assemble and present a portfolio that communicates your unique skills, personality, and point-of-view. Spend a week immersed at Fallingwater and its beautiful site while creating original, portfolio-worthy pieces in a collaborative studio environment. High School Residency: Portfolio Prep is for students in grades 9 through 12 who are considering college and careers in creative fields. All ability-levels are welcome.


  • Architecture and design exercises with hands-on drawing and design projects inspired by Fallingwater
  • In-depth, scholarly discussions and applications of Wright’s principles of organic architecture
  • Career exploration


High school students and gap year students are eligible to apply. No previous design experience is required. Students curious about careers in creative fields, such as architecture, design, and visual art are strongly encouraged to apply. Enrollment is limited. Applications are reviewed and accepted in the order they are received.

Program Sessions

Course Full

Virtual Summer Camps: Portfolio Prep

June 20 - June 24, 2022

Get inspired by Fallingwater during this week-long, guided studio exploration. Fallingwater Institute instructors will help you produce portfolio-worthy pieces in the medium of your choice, with a special focus on traditional studio processes and tangible work created by hand. Portfolio Prep is for students who are interested in studying design, architecture and fine art at a collegiate level. All skill levels are welcome. Fee includes basic materials and tools, provided by mail.

COVID-19 Update: For the safety of students and staff, all participants in on-site residencies must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, as defined by the Centers of Disease Control, during the application process. All students and staff will adhere to the current WPC COVID-19 safety requirements, which will be provided to participants in advance of the course.