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Discovering Interior Design


We are excited to offer the Discovering Interior Design summer program online in a synchronous (scheduled times) format. This virtual 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.

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.  There is even a fun Zoom social on Friday!  The program culminates with the students presenting their projects to professional jurors followed by a family Gallery Exhibition of work.

The core of this program emulates the Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism’s curriculum in interior design and architecture, employing:

  • The process of design thinking
  • The iteration of ideas
  • Individual critiques with faculty
  • History/theory context
  • Sustainability and systems thinking
  • Drawing and sketching development
  • Presentation preparation
  • Portfolio guidelines
  • Student presentations to professional jurors as they defend their design decisions

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

About the program

Drexel University Discovering Interior Design summer program has been running continuously since 2000. 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 members 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.


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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 doing work at home 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 computer design, and Sketch-Up Pro, 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. In the computer lab, a faculty member and teaching assistants will work closely with each student.


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 Mojave, macOS Catalina, or macOS Big Sur

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 teaching assistants 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 2021 are welcome to apply.

Tuition: $1560.00 covers program related expenses and includes a kit of supplies and materials shipped to your home.

Registration Deadline: Priority - May 1st. Final - June 1st, 2021

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:

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