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Summer Design Academy

The UMass Amherst Summer Design Academy provides an opportunity for high school students interested in architecture, landscape architecture, urban or interior design the opportunity to experience the profession and see firsthand the kinds of activities that take place in a university design program.

The Design Academy's interactive educational experiences include design exercises, hands-on building and model-making activities, a visit to an architecture office and a construction project as well as lectures, discussions, and campus tours.

There are two ways to participate:

  • the non-residential option for students who will commute to campus each day.
  • the residential option for students who will stay on campus for the two weeks.

Both options are offered as part of UMass Amherst's Summer College.

To see examples of last year's work and to receive updates, visit the Summer Design Academy Facebook page.

In The News: The Summer Pre-College Academy Springfield Republican article from Summer 2011.