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Industrial Design & Making

July 16 - 26, 2024

A Commuter Summer Program for High School Students

Now accepting applications: APPLY NOW

About the program

Product Design student holding self portrait sculpture

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.

Tuition of $1,800 includes all tools, supplies, and daily lunch.

Program Format 

Product Design student project

Classes: Classes will run Monday through Friday between the hours 9:30am – 4:00pm, with one lunch break.

Closing: Students who complete the  program will receive a program certificate.

Facilities: Drexel offers state-of-the-art digital fabrication equipment including micro and small-scale tools geared toward model making and small-scale prototyping. In addition, the Lab has three Universal Laser Cutters, a range of 3D printers, 3D scanners, and a CNC router.

Meal Plan: Drexel will provide you with lunch every day during the program.

Health Services: You are required to submit proof of health insurance prior to the start of the program.

Housing: This summer program is designed as a commuter program therefore supervised residential housing is not offered. We can make recommendations for accommodations on or near Drexel's campus. Both options require a parent to stay overnight with the student if they are under the age of 18.

  1. The University City Sheraton Hotel: This hotel is walking distance from our campus. Phone (215) 387-8000 or visit University City Sheraton
  2. The Study hotel: On Drexel's campus.  Phone (215) 387-1400 or visit The Study


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

Registration Deadline: July 1, 2023

Apply by submitting the following items:

A $300 deposit must be included with your application. Acceptable forms of payment are Credit Card.  You can submit payment(s) here.   

All applications will be reviewed upon completion and applicants will be notified on a rolling basis. Students who are not accepted into the program will receive a full refund of their $300 application deposit.

Upon acceptance, we will e-mail an information package to you and your family with additional program information and, of course, forms to complete. The $300 deposit will be credited towards the full tuition cost. Upon acceptance, your deposit is non-refundable. The balance of $1200 will be due by June 30th. 

All items must be clearly labeled and e-mailed:

E-mail items to:

How soon will you hear from us? All applications will be reviewed as we receive them and applicants will be notified on a rolling basis. Admissions decisions are based upon academic preparation and a commitment to learn. We will e-mail an acceptance letter and an information package to you and your family with additional program information, and of course, and forms to complete. Enrollment is limited to 10 students and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis upon review and acceptance of the application.


Product Design student project

Tuition is $1800 

The tuition includes:

  • Classes and lectures with Drexel faculty.
  • One lunch meal per day.
  • Supplies and materials.
  • Tuition does not include student health care coverage. All students must provide proof of insurance in order to enroll in the summer program.

Questions? Call 215-895-0239 or e-mail Erik Sundquist at or