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The Portfolio Prep Program

Students immerse themselves in the concentrated studio environment necessary for the acquisition of essential art skills. Students will benefit from the Lyme Academy’s proven strength in teaching the classic principles of drawing, painting, and sculpture based on observation. The Academy will also become a vital and vibrant resource for students as they build a strong portfolio and develop the confidence necessary to move forward in today’s art world.

Our intensive program consists of five main courses of study, including Drawing, Sculpture, Painting, Synthesis Composition, and Printmaking, as well as access to lectures, demonstrations, and critiques from Master Artists. The full-time curriculum classes are conducted 5 days per week, approximately 6 hours per day, for each 11-week trimester during the academic year. There are part-time options available as well (click HERE for more information), students may enroll in the full year or by trimester. Class sizes for each course of study are small, allowing for individualized instruction and attention. Each full-time student is provided with a double-occupancy, semi-private studio space for practice and creation. Visits from art college admissions teams and professional artists and mentors allow each student to explore educational and career transitions and future options even while they participate in the Academy’s programs.

The program offers students the unique opportunity to learn and hone their skills through an unrivaled traditional foundational practice taught with the 21st century in mind. This highly specialized program prepares students for what they will need to succeed in higher education and in the professional and commercial art world of today. At the conclusion of the program, students are encouraged to continue their studies through our Core Program, making Lyme Academy their home for more than this one, intensive and invigorating year.

Academic Calendar 2021-2022

The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts uses a trimester schedule. Trimesters are separated into Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. Each Trimester is eleven weeks. Students may enroll for the full year or by trimester.


First Day of Fall Classes – Monday, September 27
Thanksgiving Holiday – Wednesday, November 24 – Sunday, November 28
Last Day of Fall Classes – Friday, December 10
Winter Break – Saturday, December 11 – Sunday, January 2


First Day of Winter Classes – Monday, January 3
Last Day of Winter Classes – Friday, March 18
Spring Break – Saturday, March 19 – Sunday, March 27


First Day of Spring Classes – Monday, March 28
Last Day of Spring Classes – Friday, June 10

2021-2022 Requisite Program Tuition

Annual Tuition  $6,000.00*
Single Trimester Tuition $2,000.00*
Mandatory Annual Studio Fee  $1,350.00**
Mandatory Single Trimester Studio Fee $450.00**
Total Annual Tuition and Fees  $7,350.00
Total Single Trimester Tuition and Fees $2,450.00

Students are billed on a trimester-to-trimester basis. Payments are due one month prior to the first day of class each trimester. Students are required to keep their financial accounts current. Art supplies are not included in the Annual Tuition Fee.

*Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change and annual increases.

**Annual studio fees include use of one shared (two-person) studio space. The shared studio spaces are 8′x10′ and feature partial (9′ tall) privacy walls and open doorways for easy accessibility.


$2000.00 Fall Tuition + $450.00 Studio Fee – $2450.00 enroll by September 23, 2021

$2000.00 Winter Tuition + $450.00 Studio Fee – $2450.00 enroll by December 10, 2021

$2000.00 Spring Tuition + $450.00 Studio Fee – $2450.00 enroll by February 28, 2022


We accept cash, check, major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, AmEx, Discover), or money order. 

Check: Please make checks payable to: Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.  Checks may be mailed to:

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
c/o Admissions
84 Lyme St.
Old Lyme, CT 06371

Credit Card: A 3.5% processing fee will be added to the tuition payment.


A $50.00 per week fee will be assessed for late payments.
A $50.00 fee will be assessed for checks returned by the bank. 


Upon completion of the one year Requisite Program the Lyme Academy may award Merit Scholarships to exceptional students accepted into a degree-granting institution.


Students who are accepted into the Academy and need housing assistance will be granted access to a network of available rooms and rentals in the local area. Securing acceptable housing is ultimately the student’s responsibility. We work with our community to provide the best possible options for accommodations. Please contact our Admissions Office for further details.


Portfolio Prep Year is an open enrollment program, which means that you can opt to enroll for the entire year (three trimesters) or just one trimester at a time. To enroll and pay online, click the button below according to your preference.
If you prefer not to pay online, please email us at We will then reply by email with a confirmation of fees and alternate payment instructions. For more information, you may also call the Academy at 860-434-5232.