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Pre-College Programs

Important Statement Regarding Westphal’s Response to Coronavirus:

The health and safety of all students, faculty, staff and community members is of the utmost importance to Drexel University. The University continues to closely monitor the evolving situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please find a list of our virtual/online and in-person summer programs below.

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Pre-College Program Summer 2021

Below you can find information about all of the Westphal College’s summer educational opportunities.  

Programs offered this summer 2021

Dance as a Healing Art (Virtual)
July 12-16, 2021 (Format 1)
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2021 (Format 2)

This one-week non-residential program is designed to allow students the opportunity to explore the intersections of technique, choreographic process and dance as a healing art. Each day will consist of two technique classes, a seminar on careers in dance, choreographic process and choreographic work time. The week will end with a culminating performance. Students enrolled in the Drexel University Summer Dance Intensive will have the opportunity to investigate dance as a college student, while enjoying the benefits of being in Philadelphia. The days will consist of technique classes, seminars on careers in dance and choreographic explorations led by Drexel dance faculty with special choreographic mentorship by Drexel dance students. This one-week intensive will allow the workshop participant to understand the intersections of technique, creative process, and dance as a healing art.

Eligibility: We welcome mature high school students, 14‑18 years old.

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Digital 3D CGI for Game Design, VR, Animation & VFX (Virtual)
July 12-16, 2021

In this one-week, virtual summer program, participants will learn to use modern 3D creation tools and techniques used by artists working throughout today's 3G Graphics industries like VR, Animation, Game Design and Technical Illustration. In this experience, participants will learn 3D modeling, texturing, scene creation, lighting, composition, rendering and more!

Eligibility: We welcome mature high school students, 15‑18 years old, who have completed their freshman, sophomore, or junior year of high school by July.

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Discovering Architecture (Virtual)
July 11-21, 2021

The Discovering Architecture summer virtual program will include a combination of workshops, studio work and tutorials in 2D and 3D software, team building with cross-disciplinary collaboration, and a series of evening enrichment lectures and activities. You'll experience what it's like to study architecture in college. You'll attend classes taught online by Drexel architecture faculty in virtual studios, just like Drexel architecture students. You’ll hear from notable speakers and try your hand at architecture while working closely with an instructor. Our program will introduce you to this fascinating profession while helping to build your portfolio. There is even a fun Zoom social! The program culminates with the students presenting their projects to professional jurors followed by a family Gallery Exhibition of work.

Eligibility: High school students at least 16 years of age who have completed their junior year by the start of the program are welcome to apply.

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Discovering Interior Design (Virtual)
July 11-21, 2021

The Discovering Interior Design summer virtual program will include a combination of workshops, studio work and tutorials in 2D and 3D software, team building with cross-disciplinary collaboration, and a series of evening enrichment lectures and activities. You'll experience what it's like to study interior design in college. You'll attend classes taught on-line by Drexel Interior Design faculty in studios, just like Drexel interior design students. You'll attend lectures by distinguished speakers and try your hand at interior design while working closely with an instructor. Our program will introduce you to this fascinating profession while helping to build your portfolio. There is even a fun Zoom social! The program culminates with the students presenting their projects to professional jurors followed by a family Gallery Exhibition of work.

Eligibility: High school students at least 16 years of age who have completed their junior year by the start of the program are welcome to apply.

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Exploring Graphic Design (Virtual)
July 11-17, 2021

An exceptional one-week virtual program in graphic design taught by award-winning faculty, and open to high school students interested in learning about the creative world of visual communications. Through hands-on, virtual studio-based instruction, students will work on projects that explore design process, participate in critiques and discussion and create portfolio-ready work. These offerings will be supplemented by virtual studio tours and online field trips, speakers and other activities activities designed to give students an  introduction to the design experience and to get a sense of career opportunities in graphic design.

Eligibility: We welcome motivated high school students who are at least 16 years of age and who have completed their sophomore or junior years of high school by the start of the program.

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Fashion Design Redefined: 3D & Creativity for the Future (Virtual)
July 18-24, 2021

For one week explore the methods and systems used in fashion design to create a collection.  You will attend carefully designed curriculum consisting of lectures, demonstrations, 3D Clo design, Shima Seiki knitting and virtual field trips. You will meet faculty members who all have extensive experience in various aspects of the fashion industry. You will research concepts, develop ideas through sketching, use innovative 3D & knitwear technology and learn technical sketching that can help you build your portfolio. This unique virtual opportunity will immerse you in the world of fashion while offering you a preview of the studio experience. In the evenings we will have visits from alumni and opportunities to gather, connect  and learn more about the world of fashion design.

Eligibility: We welcome motivated high school students who are at least 16 years of age and who have completed their sophomore or junior years of high school by the start of the program.

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Industrial Design & Making (In-person)
July 26 - August 6, 2021
Nonresidential

Come explore the areas of Industrial Design and Making at Drexel University. This two-week in-person commuter workshop will expose you to a range of possibilities within digital design including 3D printing, 3D modeling, laser cutting and CNC routing. You will also explore the essentials of prototyping using basic electronics and Arduino microprocessors. You will attend classes taught by Drexel faculty members in our Hybrid Making Lab and Product Design’s Maker Space. In addition, while working closely with an instructor, you will try your hand at designing your own prototypes and models. If you are an innovator who has considered industrial design, product design, or product development ­ this program is for you! It will provide you with hands on experiences that allow you to bring your own ideas and designs to life.

Eligibility: We welcome motivated high school students, 16–18 years old (must have completed the 10th grade).

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Merchandising: Re-imagining the Business of Fashion (Virtual)
July 11-17, 2021

For one exciting week, explore the field of fashion merchandising, meet industry professionals, and unpack how the business of fashion is evolving. You will learn about the complex system which is shifting towards a more sustainable model that is cleaner for the planet and people, more inclusive, equitable and regenerative. Through virtual industry tours, speakers and activities, this unique opportunity will immerse participants in the world of fashion. Best of all, students will get to know Drexel and the Westphal College experience.

Eligibility: We welcome motivated high school students who are at least 16 years of age and who have completed their sophomore or junior years of high school by the start of the program. 

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Music Industry (Virtual)
July 12-17, 2021 (Section 1)
July 19-23, 2021 (Section 2)

Recorded music is more than the performer and performance. It is the intersection of business and technology. Behind every artist is a team of professionals recording and mixing sound, marketing and promoting the artist to consumers and media, publishers working to expand the music’s reach through other entertainment outlets, and dozens more individuals crafting virtually every aspect of what will be seen and heard. Drexel’s Music Industry summer program is an intensive one-week online program for high school students who are serious about acquiring a head start on understanding the basics and the nuances of this incredibly competitive and energetic industry. Drexel’s faculty of music industry professionals teach the program and draw course work from the undergraduate curriculum that addresses music recording, production, marketing, management, publishing and more. Through practical classroom lectures and hands-on experience, students are ensured valuable insight into this one-of-a-kind program. All students will receive free temporary copies of Logic, Ableton, and Pro Tools for the week of the course.

Eligibility: We welcome motivated high school students who are at least 16 years of age and who have completed their sophomore or junior years of high school by the start of the program.

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