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Discovering Interior Design

July 13–22, 2020

We are no longer accepting applications for 2020.

The program and waiting list have been filled.

We are excited to offer the Discovering Interior Design summer program online in a synchronous (scheduled times) format. This 8-day (Monday through Friday, then Monday through Wednesday) immersion will introduce you to design concepts and skills, drawing and sketching techniques, design related software, and help you to discover the possibilities that exist within the fields of Interior Design and Architecture. Additionally, this can help you build your portfolio.

Apply Online (Application deposit required with application, payable with Credit Card)

For consideration, please submit all three components of the application:

About the program


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  • Experience historical architectural landmarks and learn the history of America's first capital, all virtually
  • Experience rich and diverse local environments
  • Meet and make new friends from around the region, around the country and often around the world, who share the same interests in art and design
  • See first-hand the types of projects interior designers work on, and how they go about it in the environment of a professional office


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  • 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
  • Interact with a jury of professional interior designers while presenting your final project


  • Add to your personal design portfolio or create your first one, which can play an important role in applying to college
  • Try your hand at designing the built interior environment in Drexel University design studios
  • Utilize three dimensional computer programs that bring your designs to life

Program format

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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 presentation by students to faculty and invited professionals. Friends and family will have an opportunity to review the gallery show at the program’s closing reception.


Students will be introduced to CAD, computer aided design, and Sketch-Up, a modeling tool to help visualize and experience space in three dimensions. Using this latest professional software, students will model 3D forms on the computer and see its role in design.


Lecturers from Drexel University Westphal College faculty and visiting professionals will speak about interior design and related topics. There will also be informal lectures related to studio work.

Computer requirements

Minimum Requirement
Device type  Apple computer or  Windows computer
Processor Intel Multi-core with 2 GHz or greater
Memory (RAM) 8GB or greater
Storage 15GB disk space for installation
Graphics Integrated or dedicated with 1GB graphics memory or greater and support for OpenGL 3.0 or higher
Display 1280 × 800 display resolution or higher with 16-bit color
Operating system PC: Windows 10 (64-bit) Mac: macOS High Sierra, macOS Mojave, or macOS Catalina

Additional requirements

  • 3-button, scroll-wheel mouse
  • Stable Internet connection for video streaming

General information

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

About Interior Design at Drexel

The Interior Design program at Westphal College in Drexel University is ranked nationally in the Top 10 interior design programs by Design Intelligence's report. We offer an excellent and innovative program for students who wish to explore a career in Interior Design. The four year Bachelor of Science program includes a six month co-op experience, when students work in a firm as an interior design professional. This valuable work experience allows 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).

Tuition Registration

Eligibility: High school students at least 16 years of age who have completed their sophomore or junior year by July 2020 are welcome to apply.

Tuition: $1460.00 covers program related expenses and includes a kit of supplies and materials shipped to your home.

Registration Deadline: June 5, 2020

Please note: spaces in the program are limited and fill quickly. Additional applicants will be added to a waitlist once all spaces are filled.

Application, Registration, Payment

For consideration, please submit all three components of the application:

  • The online application including the 300 word personal statement of interest.
  • A copy of your recent high school transcript e-mailed to
  • A deposit of $300. Your deposit will be returned if you are not accepted into the program. Upon acceptance, your deposit is non-refundable.

Interior Design On-campus 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!

General Questions? e-mail

Questions about Curriculum? Call 215-895-6931 or e-mail Ada Tremonte at