ArtFEST V: Building Blocks

September 21-23, 2017

Register today for the Fall 2017 ArtFEST V: Building Blocks. This annual creative weekend offers high school students a chance to enhance their creative gifts with a fun-filled weekend on our main campus in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Come explore photography, ceramics, graphic design, documentary film and more with hands-on projects everyone can be proud of, led by our accomplished faculty. This event culminates with a gallery exhibition for the finished work, allowing students to experience having their art celebrated and displayed in a professional manner. All ArtFEST attendees are eligible for a $2,000/year scholarship should they choose to join the Visual Art, Communication & Design department at Andrews University as first-time freshmen.

At each ArtFEST event hosted at Andrews University, we aim to:

  • Explore how the various elements of Visual Art, Communication & Design (VACD) are interrelated and valuable in the present day
  • Encourage students who excel in the arts to pursue further education in the creative fields
  • Enjoy hands-on projects, the Andrews Experience, and time with VACD students and vaculty
  • Experience a unifying event based around artistic expression with students and teachers from all over the country during a fun-filled weekend!

ArtFEST 2017 Registration Guidelines:

  • High school juniors and seniors in public, private, and home-schooled are invited 
  • Students must have their high school's & guardian's approval in order to register
  • Schools are encouraged to send a team of students; individual applicants will be matched with a team as numbers allow*
  • One supervisor/sponsor per team: art teacher or yearbook sponsor perferred
  • Although this weekend is geared toward junior and senior high school students, all high school students showing academic excellence and interest in further education in a creative career are welcome to attend
  • All-inclusive cost is $80 per student, free for math/science teachers, and $80 for parents/supporters*

*Each team is required to have at least one supervisor; art teacher or yearbook sponsor preferred.

Stay the Weekend

  • Participants are encouraged to stay on campus to get the full college experience
  • If a student decides to stay, they will be hosted in a residence hall by a current Andrews University student
  • Each team staying on campus is required to have at least one supervisor: math/science teacher preferred stay on campus

Activities Overview

Students will create a project in each area of Visual Art, Communication & Design offered at Andrews University, including:

  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Drawing
  • Film
  • Broadcast Media

All projects will be displayed in the Art Gallery at the end of the experience. Students will also have opportunities to tour the campus, meet current students & faculty, and enjoy some downtime in the recreation center.


All costs for the program are included in the package price. The package covers meals, housing in a residence hall, fees and activities.

Package Price Discounts
Full participant: $80 per student Early registration 10% off
Daily participant: $65 per student not spending the night Early registration 10% off
Parents/Supporters: $80 per person No cost for math/science teachers (Free)

Early Registration Deadline (10% Discount): August 19, 2017

Final Registration Deadline: September 1, 2017


Team Registration: Ready to sign-up a team of students? Click here.

Individual Registration: We will match you with a team! Click here.


Do you have questions or need further information?

Please contact Abigail A'Kessler, the VACD Administrative Assistant, at 269-471-6314 or via email at