Design Camp

Design Camp


Design Explorations Camp // June 12-16, 2017 // $600

Design Explorations Camp is a day camp for rising 7th and 8th graders focused on introducing students to design thinking through a series of hands-on design challenges that explore a range of design disciplines. Studio activities are designed to stimulate creativity and strengthen students’ creative problem solving and visual literacy.

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Design Foundations Camp // July 10-14, 2017 // $750

Design Foundations Camp is an intermediate day camp for rising 9th, 10th and 11th graders. Camp participants are introduced to the design process through a series of interdisciplinary projects covering the range of studio disciplines offered at the College of Design focused on design fundamentals and the application of design in the real world.

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Design Immersions Camp // June 25 - July 1 or July 23-29, 2017 // $1200

Design Immersions Camp is an overnight camp for rising 11th and 12th graders. Camp participants work with camp instructors on projects in a range of design disciplines. Design disciplines covered may include architecture, art + design: animation, art + design: fibers, design studies, graphic design, and industrial design. In addition to studio projects students participate in other activities all aimed at stimulating their creativity, strengthening their thinking, deepening their understanding of the design field, and preparing them for college and beyond.

Design Immersions Sample Schedule and Policies


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Design Camp is an annual series of pre-college summer programs offered at NC State University College of Design to high school and middle school students who are interested in design. Design Camp informs students about college study in design and raises awareness of the impact of design in all aspects of our everyday lives. The skills in design thinking and creative experience gained at Design Camp can empower students on their path toward becoming innovative problem solvers and prepare them to tackle the challenges of the future.

Design Camp includes experiences in a range of different design disciplines. If you are interested in a discipline-specific program, please check out our Summer Studios.


At Design Camp, we welcome campers into college design studio spaces to learn how design knowledge and skills can help them understand the world around them and do what it takes to make it better. Design Camp projects challenge students to explore their creativity and critical-thinking skills while pushing them to try a range of techniques and media. The exploration of the design process teaches students to question, make choices, generate alternatives, work collaboratively and create their own solutions to problems. Learning about design as a way of thinking helps students apply skills in math, science, technology, reading, writing, and communication. Students who attend Design Camp make connections between what they know and can do and ultimately broaden their awareness, understanding and navigation of the world around them.



  • Students eager to learn more about design in a college environment
  • Beginners interested in developing skills and creativity through hands-on experiences
  • Rising 7th-12th graders wanting to meet other creative students their age who are interested in art and design
  • Students who are curious about the world around them and have ideas for how to make it better


The Design Lab will consider requests for financial assistance based on demonstrated need and student motivation. Scholarships are also available and will be awarded based on need, student motivation and teacher recommendation. Please note that we are unable to provide full scholarships to Design Camp. The deadline to apply for financial assistance and scholarships for Design Camp is April 3, 2017. More information on financial assistance and scholarships can be found on our Financial Assistance and Scholarships Page.


Having operated for over a quarter of a century, the Design Camp at NC State's College of Design has provided the spark and fuel of inspiration for thousands of aspiring designers, including some who have gone on to national and international success in their field. It has grown and changed since its inception in 1985 as a design outreach program for high school students in rural North Carolinian communities. In the last 20 years, Design Camp has taken place on campus at the College of Design. It is here that campers have had the opportunity to explore design broadly, with a rigorous schedule and challenging projects in a college studio environment that provides a truly immersive experience.  We have structured our offerings to provide logical pathways for students to advance through our programs, while keeping options flexible to accommodate a wide range of interests. In 2014, we launched introductory and intermediate Design Camps for rising middle school students, and high school underclassmen this year. Whether considering becoming a designer someday, or just looking for a creative, fun, and hands-on way to strengthen your thinking and ability to solve problems, Design Camp is a great place for you to be this summer.

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