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K-12 Experiences

Design Camps

The College of Design at Iowa State University offers immersive summer experiences that provide youth with a sense of what it is like to be a student in the college. Our camps are a collaboration between the College of Design and ISU Extension & Outreach 4-H Youth Development.

On-Campus:  Design Dimensions

Design Dimensions focuses on 2D, 3D and 4D thinking across disciplines. Our on-campus experience is appropriate for students interested in all programs offered by the College of Design: architecture, studio/fine arts, community and regional planning, graphic design, interior design, industrial design and landscape architecture

  • For students entering 9th through 12th grades and 2023 high school graduates
  • Opportunities available for Science Bound students
  • Stay in an air-conditioned Richardson Court residence hall and enjoy programming at the College of Design during the day
  • June 18-June 23, 2023 for overnight campers; June 19-23 for commuters
  • Expenses:
    • $565 registration fee includes overnight accommodation, supplies, basic linens, and all meals
    • $315 registration fee for local commuters includes supplies and lunch daily

Register by June 1, 2023

2023 Design Dimensions Sessions

  • Illustrating the Protagonist vs Antagonist
  • Watercolor Sketching
  • Forward Learning Experience (FLEx) 
  • Motion Graphics
  • We all Scream for ‘Zines
  • Generating Architectural Plans
  • Human Factors in Design through Visceral Large-scale Charcoal Drawing
  • Silk Painting 
  • Imagination Journey, Designing A Dream Park Experience
  • User Experience Design: Creating an App from Scratch