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Design Camp

NC State Design Camp

Design Camp is a multi-discipline pre-college design program organized by the NC State Design Lab for high school and middle school students. Held each summer, Design Camp informs students about the study of design and raises awareness of the impact of design on all aspects of our everyday lives. The design thinking skills and creative experience gained can empower students on their path toward becoming innovative problem solvers and prepare them to tackle the challenges of the future.

Summer 2021 Updates

The Design Lab is excited to announce that 2021 summer programming will be held virtually through our Digital Design Lab!

After beginning the planning process for both in-person Design Camp and virtual programming for next summer, and weighing many options and the impact of restrictions, our staff has formally decided to hold virtual-only programming for summer 2021. To ensure a quality experience with our programming, and more importantly to guarantee the health and safety of our students, their families, and our community, we are pleased to begin focusing on finalizing our plans for virtual programming. 

Our virtual summer programming will include options for middle school and high school students, including a pre-college program specifically designed for rising juniors and seniors. These programs will provide synchronous and asynchronous instruction and activities aiming to broaden students’ understanding of design. 

More details and registration information can be found at our Digital Design Camp page.

We are looking forward to working with you this summer! 

Summer 2020 Camp Cancelled

Canceled due to COVID-19. See below for summer 2020 details. While we will not be offering in-person camps in summer 2021, the below information and linked FAQs and Policies below will provide useful information for those interested in future in-person camps.

The below information will be updated when we resume in-person Design Camp.

Middle School Day Camps

Rising 6th, 7th and 8th Grade

JULY 6–10 or JULY 13–17, 2020 (Canceled due to COVID-19)

Focuses on introducing students to design thinking through a series of hands-on design projects, exploring a range of design disciplines offered at the College of Design. Studio activities are designed to strengthen students’ creative problem solving and visual literacy.

Cost: $675 (includes meals, instruction, supplies, activities, and insurance)
Registrations after May 1 will incur a $25 late fee.

High School Day Camps

Rising 9th, 10th and 11th Grade

JULY 6–10 or JULY 13–17, 2020 (Canceled due to COVID-19)

A week-long program that introduces participants to the design process through brief projects covering the range of studio disciplines offered at the College of Design: architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, art + design, and graphic design. In addition to completing projects in 5 studio rotations throughout the week, campers will participate in activities outside of studio as well as presentations to help inform students on their path to college study in design.

Cost: $825 (includes meals, instruction, supplies, activities, and insurance)
Registrations after May 1 will incur a $25 late fee.

High School Residential Camps

Rising 11th and 12th Grade

JUNE 21–27 or JULY 26–AUGUST 1, 2020 (Canceled due to COVID-19)

An immersive, residential program covering the range of studio disciplines offered at the College of Design: architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, art + design, and graphic design. Residential camp projects require more time in studio, making the daily schedule much like that of an actual College of Design student. Campers also participate in evening activities aimed at strengthening their critical and creative thinking, deepening their understanding of the design field, and preparing them for college study in design and beyond.

Cost: $1225 (includes housing, meals, instruction, supplies, activities, and insurance)
Registrations after May 1 will incur a $25 late fee.

Need Financial Assistance?

Students demonstrating financial need and motivation to attend Design Camp may apply for Financial Assistance Scholarships through their Design Camp application. Applications for students requesting financial assistance are due by March 4, 2020, but as spots are limited early application is strongly encouraged!

Financial Assistance and Scholarships 
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