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Graphic Design Workshop for High School Students

July 9 - July 15, 2017

  • Apply Online  (Application deposit payable with a Credit Card)
  • PDF Application [PDF]  (Application deposit payable with Check or Money Order)

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Graphic Design program at Westphal College of Media Arts & Design offers an exceptional intensive program in graphic design taught by award-winning faculty and open to high school students interested in pursuing undergraduate study in graphic design. Hands on studio classes include projects and critique leading to portfolio-ready work. The classes are supplemented by cultural field trips, guest presentations by faculty, industry professionals and alumni, special events and more, all designed to give students a chance to help build their portfolios and to get a sense of career opportunities in graphic design.

One-Week Format:
Studio: Students will spend part of every day in intensive studio with faculty and undergraduate students. Projects will incorporate traditional and non-traditional hands-on image-making methods as well as utilizing technology to realize portfolio-ready graphic design outcomes. Studio labs are outfitted with the latest computer technology and applications, scanners and printers. Studio time involves group interaction, discussions and critiques, and one-on-one time with faculty. A exhibition of all the student work will be presented and celebrated at the end of the week.

Field trips, guest lectures and demonstrations: Students will visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rosenbach Museum and Rare Book Library as well as attend lectures by visiting professionals and practitioners in the field of graphic design. There will be many opportunities to discuss career pathways with alumni in the field as well as with our current undergraduates.

Social evenings: Along with a Sunday evening barbecue and a faculty-guided bus tour of Center City Philadelphia, there will be design related film screenings and discussions as well as a couple of group dinners with faculty and undergraduates throughout the week.

About the Graphic Design Program
The Graphic Design program at Drexel prepares students to inform, persuade, educate, and entertain through the creative use of words and images. Graphic Design students learn to conceptualize, design, and produce visual communication in a wide variety of media, including books & magazines, posters, ads, packaging, websites, information systems, exhibition design and motion graphics.


General Information 

Eligibility: We welcome high school students who are at least 16 years of age who have completed their sophomore or junior year by July, prior to the start of the program. We encourage anyone who is excited about design to apply and we limit each program to 15 students.

Faculty: Students will be taught by Drexel faculty from the Department of Graphic Design in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

Housing & Meals: Students will live together in a Drexel Residence Hall with separate accommodations for females and males. We are located in University City, adjacent to Center City Philadelphia and many cultural sites. We have around-the-clock supervision resident assistants who reside with the students in the residence hall, and faculty supervision during the day.  Meals will be provided through Drexel Dining Services and other meal providers during fields trips.

What will you bring home with you: Students who successfully complete the one-week program will receive a program certificate from Drexel University’s Graphic Design Department. You will also take away the foundation of a diverse student portfolio with original art and digital files along with a lot of career insights and happy memories, too.

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 $1,300 must be paid by June 23, 2017. A final balance payment form will be provided. No refunds will be made once the program begins.

Send Items to:

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

How soon will you hear from us? All applications will be reviewed as we receive them and applicants will be notified within 3 weeks from receipt. Admissions decisions are based upon academic preparation and commitment to explore design. We will limit the program to approximately 15 students. We will mail an acceptance letter and an information package to you and your family with additional program information, and of course, more forms to complete. Enrollment is limited and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis upon review and acceptance of the application.


Tuition Registration 

Tuition: The tuition of $1,600.00 covers everything, including:

  • Supervised accommodations in our residence hall
  • Three meals a day
  • Classes, seminars, and lectures
  • Field trips
  • Use of computer resources
  • Recreational field trips and social events
  • Select Supplies and Materials: We will also provide a list of items students should bring with them

Tuition does not include student health care coverage. All students must provide proof of insurance in order to enroll in the session (form will be provided).

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.

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 $1,300 must be paid by June 23, 2017. A final balance payment form will be provided. No refunds will be made once the program begins.