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Discovering Interior Design 

July 12 - July 25, 2020

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Registration opens in 2020


About the program

Our program will introduce you to the profession of interior design and what it's like to study interior design at Drexel University. For two exciting, fast-paced weeks you'll live the college life on campus, living in Drexel University's dorms, studying in design studios and exploring the historic, world heritage city of Philadelphia. You’ll meet and learn from professional interior designers in the classroom and around the city.

Explore

Explore
  • Travel about the city of Philadelphia discovering magnificent spaces, furniture, furnishings and the rhythms of the city
  • Experience the rich and diverse museums, taking time to observe and sketch
  • 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

Discover

Discover
  • 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 in studios and computer labs used by Drexel students
  • Interact with a jury of professional interior designers while presenting your final project

Create

Create
  • 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 

Program Format

Studio: 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.

Computer: 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.

Lectures: 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.

Lectures

Field Trips and Cultural Events:  We will visit off-campus destinations throughout the two weeks. Students will sketch important interiors, visit museums, architecture and interior design offices, and explore the interior environment. An all-day field trip outside of Philadelphia is planned for the weekend.

Special Activities: It is July after all! There will be opportunities to play volleyball in the evenings, enjoy other social events as a group and with students in other programs, including architecture, graphic design, fashion design, and design & merchandising.


General Information 

General Information

Faculty: 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.

Housing & Facilities:

Residential Option: Students enrolled in the residential program will reside together in a Drexel University campus residence hall. The campus is located in University City, adjacent to downtown Center City Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, and many cultural and historic sites. Around-the-clock staff supervision will be provided.

Non-Residential Option: Students enrolled in the non-residential program will be required to arrive to studio at 9:00a.m. daily. There is an option to either be picked up by a parent or guardian at 5:30 p.m. each day or remain for evening studio/activities and be picked up by 10:30pm. Additionally, students are welcome to attend weekend activities at no additional cost. Weekend pick-up and drop-off times will vary.

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 

Tuition Registration

Eligibility: High school students at least 16 years of age who have completed their sophomore or junior year by July 2019 are welcome to apply.

Residential Program Tuition: The tuition of $3,250.00 covers all program related expenses including:

  • Supervised accommodations in residence halls
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Classes, seminars, and lectures/guest speakers
  • Supplies and materials
  • Academic field Trips
  • Use of computer resources and library
  • Recreational field trips and social events
  • Cultural events and planned leisure activities
  • The opportunity to interact with professional interior designers and Drexel University interior design faculty
  • The opportunity to meet other high school students from across the globe who are also interested in Interior Design

 

Non-Residential Program Tuition: The tuition of $2,550.00 includes the following program related expenses:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner if remaining for evening activities
  • If participating in weekend activities: Saturday- breakfast, lunch and dinner; Sunday- snack and dinner
  • Classes, seminars, and lectures/guest speakers
  • Supplies and materials
  • Academic field Trips
  • Use of computer resources and library
  • Recreational field trips and social events
  • Cultural events and planned leisure activities
  • The opportunity to interact with professional interior designers and interior design faculty
  • The opportunity to meet other high school students from across the globe who are also interested in Interior Design

The non-residential option is available to students who live within a ten mile radius of Drexel University.

Application, Registration, Payment:

You may apply by completing the downloadable PDF application, or the online application, and submitting a copy of your high school transcript, and a 300 word personal statement of interest. Transcripts can be e-mailed to archintr@drexel.edu or mailed to the address below.

A deposit of $300 is required with your application. Your deposit will be returned if you are not accepted into the program. Upon acceptance, your deposit is nonrefundable. The balance must be paid by June 21, 2019. A final balance payment form will be provided. No refunds will be made once the program begins. 

Send Items to:

ATTN: Susan Hahn
Drexel University
URBN Center, 71-4A20B
3501 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Interior Design 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? Call 215-895-2409 or e-mail archintr@drexel.edu 

Questions about Curriculum? Call 215-895-6931 or e-mail Ada Tremonte amt42@drexel.edu