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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). This summer all of our courses will be remote. As a result some of our summer programs are going to be offered online as well. Please find a list of our virtual/online summer programs below.

For official updates on Drexel’s Response to the Coronavirus, please visit the University’s response website at drexel.edu/coronavirus.

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

Virtual programs offered this summer

Discovering Architecture

For two stimulating weeks, come live on our campus and explore the fields of Architecture and Interior Design. You will choose your area of study and collaborate in cross-disciplinary studios. Gain an understanding of each program and the ways they inform each other to further enhance your projects. Drexel’s professional full time faculty of architecture and interior design teach the summer programs in studios and labs used by our very own students with coursework drawn from our undergraduate curriculum. The program includes sketching, drawing, designing, and model making to produce a project that can be added to your portfolio. Professional guest lectures and field trips provide an insider’s look at professional design firms to see firsthand the types of projects they work on and how they work in partnership with other disciplines to create built environments. You’ll visit significant buildings and cultural centers of Philadelphia. Best of all, you will live the Drexel and Westphal College experience.

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.

More information on Architecture

Discovering Interior Design

For two stimulating weeks, come live on our campus and explore the fields of Architecture and Interior Design. You will choose your area of study and collaborate in cross-disciplinary studios. Gain an understanding of each program and the ways they inform each other to further enhance your projects. Drexel’s professional full time faculty of architecture and interior design teach the summer programs in studios and labs used by our very own students with coursework drawn from our undergraduate curriculum. The program includes sketching, drawing, designing, and model making to produce a project that can be added to your portfolio. Professional guest lectures and field trips provide an insider’s look at professional design firms to see firsthand the types of projects they work on and how they work in partnership with other disciplines to create built environments. You’ll visit significant buildings and cultural centers of Philadelphia. Best of all, you will live the Drexel and Westphal College experience.

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.

More information on Interior Design

Music Industry

Our summer program is designed to introduce you to the music industry as a whole through a one-week intensive workshop of audio technology and business. The courses offered are based on the undergraduate degree curriculum and are taught by our faculty of industry professionals. Through the classroom, hands-on studio experience, performance opportunities, lectures, and guest speakers, you will gain valuable insights into—and practical knowledge of—this dynamic field. You’ll also get an insider’s view into the most current issues facing the music industry.

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.

More information on Music Industry

The following programs are canceled for summer 2020

Digital 3D CGI for Game Design, VR, Animation & VFX

  Note: Canceled for Summer 2020

In this one-week, online summer program, participants will learn to use modern 3D creation tools and techniques used by artists working throughout the industry today. 3D modeling, texturing, scene creation, lighting, composition and rendering are just a few of the topics participants will be learning in this experience.

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.

Animation & VFX

  Note: Canceled for Summer 2020

Drexel’s Animation & VFX Summer Program is an intensive one-week commuter program for high school students who are pro-active in pursuing their goals and passions. This program will expose students to the various technologies commonly used in today’s industry to create visually stunning CG and VFX shots. Program activities will include the creation of 3D assets, motion capture, video production, green screen compositing, and VFX simulations.

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. Commuter Program only.

Dance as a Healing Art

  Note: Canceled for Summer 2020

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.

Design Now: Circularity and Inclusivity

  Note: Canceled for Summer 2020

For one week, come live on our campus and explore "hands-on" the field of Fashion Design. You will attend a carefully designed curriculum consisting of lectures, demonstrations, studio work, activities, and field trips. Faculty members all have extensive experience in various aspects of the fashion industry. You will research concepts, develop ideas through sketching, and use innovative technology to produce a variety of sample projects that can help you develop a fashion portfolio. This unique opportunity will immerse you in the world of fashion while offering you a true preview of the college experience. During your stay, visit local fashion studios and go on field trips to discover cultural attractions in the Philadelphia area. Best of all, you 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. We encourage anyone who is excited about design to apply. The program is limited to 16 students in Fashion Design.

Film & Television

  Note: Canceled for Summer 2020

Our program is designed to explore cinematic storytelling through a one-week, intensive course. By working with Drexel faculty and professional equipment, you will not only learn how to make a film, but why particular choices are made. By focusing on shot composition, mise-en-scène, screen direction, and continuity, you will better understand visual storytelling in both the film and television industries. The course is design to both welcome novice filmmakers and grow experienced film students.

Graphic Design

  Note: Canceled for Summer 2020

The Graphic Design program at Westphal College of Media Arts & Design offers an exceptional one-week intensive residential program in graphic design taught by award-winning faculty, and open to high school students interested in learning about the vast creative world of visual communication. Hands on studio classes include projects and critique leading to portfolio-ready work. Studio 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.

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.

Industrial Design & Making

  Note: Canceled for Summer 2020

For two exciting weeks come explore the areas of Industrial Design and Making at Drexel University. This two-week commuter workshop will expose you to a range of possibilities within digital design including 3D printing, 3D modeling, laser cutting, and CNC routing. You’ll attend classes taught by Drexel faculty members in our Hybrid Lab, and have visits to sites in Philadelphia to inspire you, and enhance your workshop experience. In addition, while working closely with an instructor, you’ll 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.

Merchandising: Re-imagining the Business of Fashion

  Note: Canceled for Summer 2020

For one week, come live on our campus and explore "hands-on" the fields of Fashion Merchandising. You will attend a carefully designed curriculum consisting of lessons, activities, and field trips. Faculty members all have extensive experience in various aspects of the fashion industry. You will work individually and in teams to complete a variety of projects. This unique opportunity will immerse you in the world of fashion while offering you a true preview of the college experience. During your stay, visit some of Philadelphia’s top cultural attractions. Best of all, you 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.

Photography

  Note: Canceled for Summer 2020

The one week residency Photography Workshop will be an intensive exploration of the many facets that make up photography in the 21st century. We will cover all main areas of the medium with one-two day intensive lessons. We will begin in the studio covering the workflow of lighting both still life and portraits. Then we will move into our state of the art digital labs where we will learn how to harness the full power of Photoshop and make large prints from the prior two days in the studio. Finally, we will spend two days in the darkroom exploring the alchemy that make traditional photography such a magical process. We will also be going on a field trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to visit their Prints and Photographs collections where you will see first-hand, prints made by the masters of the medium. Finally, the workshop will culminate with an exhibition of the work produced by the students that parents and the public will be invited to attend to view.