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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 2022 Design Camp

Day Camps

Middle School Day Camps

Rising 6th, 7th and 8th Grade

JUNE 27 – JULY 1 OR AUGUST 8 – 12, 2022

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.

Ideal for: This camp is perfect for middle school students interested in learning more about design, and improving creative problem solving and visual literacy.
Cost: $700 (includes meals, instruction, supplies, activities, and insurance)
Student-Staff Ratio: 5:1

Registrations after April 8 will incur a $25 late fee.

High School Day Camp

Rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Grade

AUGUST 8 – 12, 2022

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 Design Studies critical thinking exercises and activities outside of the studio, as well as view presentations to help inform students on their path to college-level study in design.

Ideal for: This camp is perfect for high school students interested in exploring all of the disciplines offered at the College of Design.
Cost: $825 (includes meals, instruction, supplies, activities, and insurance)
Student-Staff Ratio: 5:1

Registrations after April 8 will incur a $25 late fee.

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Residential Camps

High School Residential Camp

Rising 10th, 11th and 12th Grade

JULY 10 – 16, 2022

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 the studio, making the daily schedule much like that of an actual College of Design student. Campers also participate in Design Studies discipline related evening activities aimed at strengthening their critical and creative thinking, deepening their understanding of the design field, and preparing them for college level study in design and beyond.

Ideal for: This camp is perfect for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students interested in exploring all of the disciplines offered at the College of Design, and experiencing what residential life is like for College of Design students.
Cost: $1200 (includes housing, meals, instruction, supplies, activities, and insurance)
Student-Staff Ratio: 4:1

Registrations after April 8 will incur a $25 late fee.

Design Immersions Residential Camp

Rising 11th and 12th Grade

JUNE 21, JULY 24 – 30, 2022

An immersive, pre-college program that introduces students to the fundamentals of design and the process of creating portfolio quality projects in a studio environment. Participants will attend an online orientation on June 21, which will set the tone for the Design Immersions camp and introduce students to five online modules they will complete prior to joining us for the residential camp on July 24–30. Online modules will include self-guided, 1-2 hour lessons with accompanying activities that cover topics fundamental to design, preparing students to complete one studio project to portfolio quality during the residential camp week. During the residential week, 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 level study in design and beyond.

Ideal for: This camp is perfect for rising 11th and 12th grade students interested in completing a portfolio quality project, and experiencing what residential life is like for College of Design students.
Cost: $1300 (includes online modules, housing, meals, instruction, supplies, activities, and insurance)
Student-Staff Ratio: 4:1

Registrations after April 8 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!

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Want to Provide a Design Camp Scholarship or Sponsorship?

If you are interested in providing a scholarship to help send a student in need to Design Camp, or if you are a non–profit or educational organization serving underserved, underrepresented and/or rural students and would like to sponsor a student, please review our Sponsorship & Scholarship Guidelines.

Questions? Ready to get started? Email us at designlab_k12@ncsu.edu. We look forward to working with you!