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Discovering Interior Design 

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Discovering Interior Design 

A Summer Program for High School Juniors (July 13th - 26th, 2014)




About the program

With the historic city of Philadelphia at your doorstep for two exciting weeks, you'll experience college life by living on campus in Drexel University's dorms, and work in the design studios. Our program will introduce you to the all encompassing profession of interior design and experience what it's like to study interior design in college.

Explore

A look inside the interior design summer program for high school students.
  • Travel about the city of Philadelphia discovering magnificent spaces, furniture, furnishings and the rhythms of the city
  • Experience the rich and diverse museums taking time to observe and sketch
  • Meet and make new friends from around the region and around the country who share the same interests in the arts
  • See first-hand the types of projects interior designers work on, how they go about it, and the environment of a professional office

Discover

A look inside the interior design summer program for high school students.
  • Enjoy a strong foundation of sketching and drawing principles along with computer aided design
  • Meet distinguished speakers and guest lecturers
  • Experience classes taught by Drexel Interior Design faculty members in studios and computer labs used by Drexel students
  • Meet professional interior designers while presenting your final project to them at a jury (a discussion of your finished project)

Create

A look inside the interior design summer program for high school students.
  • Create the beginning of your own personal design portfolio that can play an important role in applying to college
  • Try your hand at designing the built interior environment in Drexel's design studios
  • Utilize three dimensional computer programs that bring your designs to life


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Program Format 

A look inside the interior design summer program for high school students.

Studio: Design studio is at the heart of the program. Most afternoons will be spent in studio, developing design projects through drawings, models, and furnishings. It is expected that students will spend some evenings at work in the studio as well. The session will culminate in a formal gallery style presentation reception by the students to faculty, invited professionals, and parents.

Computer: Students will be introduced to CAD, computer aided design, and Sketch-Up, a three dimensional modeling tool to help visualize and experience space in three dimensions. Using this latest technology, students will model three-dimensional forms on the computer and see its role in design.

Lectures: Lecturers from Drexel's faculty and visiting professionals will speak about interior design and related topics. There will alsobe informal lectures related to studio work.

A look inside the interior design summer program for high school students.

Field Trips: We will visit off-campus destinations throughout the two weeks. Students will sketch important interiors, visit museums, designers' offices, and explore the interior environment. An all-day field trip outside of Philadelphia is planned for the weekend.

Cultural Events: Philadelphia in the summer is alive with music and art. We have scheduled supervised trips to concerts, performances, and/or exhibits.

Special Activities: It is July after all! There will be opportunities to cool off in the Drexel pool and play volleyball in the evenings. We'll picnic in the park and enjoy other social events as a group and with students in other programs, including architecture.



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General Information 

A look inside the interior design summer program for high school students.

Faculty: Students will be taught by Westphal College faculty members. In the design studio a faculty member and a teaching assistant will work closely with each student.

Housing & Facilities: Students enrolled in the program will reside together in a Drexel residence hall (Separate facilities for males and females). We are located in University City, adjacent to Center City Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, and many cultural and historic sites. Around-the-clock staff supervision will be provided. Most meals will be served in Drexel student dining facilities; some meals will be provided during field trips. Students will have access to the Drexel library and use of computer resources.

About Interior Design at Drexel: Drexel, ranked nationally as the #6 best interior design program by Design Intelligence's 2010 report, offers an excellent and innovative program for students who wish to explore and pursue a career in Interior Design. The Four Year BS program includes a six month co-op experience, allowing students to enter the work force early and gain a working knowledge of the interior design industry as well as gain a head start on their professional careers. The interior design program is accredited by CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) and NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art & Design). The interior design program is within the Department of Architecture and Interiors in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media. Arts & Design.

Registration and Payment: You may apply by completing the downloadable PDF application, or the online application, and submitting a copy of your high school transcript, and your 300 word personal statement of interest.

A deposit of $300 is required with your application. Your deposit will be returned if you are not accepted into the program. Upon acceptance, your deposit is nonrefundable. The balance of $2,700 must be paid by June 20th, 2014. A final balance payment form will be provided. No refunds will be made after June 20th, 2014. Apply online or use the PDF Application.

Send Items to:

  • ATTN: Summer Program Coordinator
  • Drexel University
  • URBN Center #71-1A10C
  • 3501 Market Street
  • Philadelphia, PA 19104


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Tuition Registration 

A look inside the interior design summer program for high school students.

Eligibility: High school students at least 16 years of age who have completed their junior year by July 2014 are welcome to apply. Enthusiasm and seriousness about work are the only prerequisites.

Tuition: The tuition of $3,000.00 covers everything, including:

  • Supervised accommodations in residence halls
  • Three meals a day
  • Classes, seminars, and lectures/guest speakers
  • Supplies and materials
  • Academic field Trips
  • Use of computer resources and library
  • Recreational field trips and social events
  • Cultural events and planned leisure activities
  • The opportunity to interact with professional interior designers and interior design faculty
  • The opportunity to meet other high school students across the nation also interested in interior design

Application, Registration, Payment: You may apply by completing the downloadable PDF application, or the online application, and submitting a copy of your high school transcript, and your 300 word personal statement of interest.

A deposit of $300 is required with your application. Your deposit will be returned if you are not accepted into the program. Upon acceptance, your deposit is nonrefundable. The balance of $2,700 must be paid by June 20th, 2014. A final balance payment form will be provided. No refunds will be made after June 20th, 2014. Apply online or use the PDF Application.

Questions? Call 215-895-1834 or E-mail Tia James at tjm22@drexel.edu.



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Interior Design Summer Program Testimonials: 

The Discovering Interior Design was an inspiring two weeks. My daughter gained practical tools, which will help her tremendously as she enters the world of interiors in a college setting.

I couldn’t believe the detail of the final project my daughter completed! It was clear this program was well thought out from beginning to end - from concept to finished project. Thank you Ada, and Drexel!

I came into the Discovering Interior Design knowing nothing and leaving with knowledge and experience I wouldn’t have imagined that I would have had before. The program is very dense and full of learning curves, but will give me the upper hand in college. I can see myself doing this same thing at Drexel for another four years! Thank you Ada!

Discovering Interior Design was a fabulous experience. It clearly defines for the students the work experience of a designer. The instructors were engaging and highly experienced. An overall excellent program; I would highly recommend.

Very impressive program and outcome. We selected this in lieu of another one because of the very realistic activities and opportunities students were given. Faculty and RA’s were excellent. Thank you!



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