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Summer Design Academy

This course is available in two different campus locations. Please see below for available options.

 

UMass Amherst Campus (WAITLIST)

Summer Design Academy: UMass Amherst Campus

 

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

The Design Academy's interactive educational experiences include sketching, design exercises, model-making, the introduction to graphic and 3D computer programs, a visit to an architecture office, as well as lectures and reading discussions.

Students will create strong portfolio material that can be used for college applications to university design and architectural programs.

Students attending the Summer Design Academy in person will receive a materials kit (included in program fees). 

There are two ways to participate:

  • a residential option for students who will stay on campus for the three weeks.
  • a commuter option for local students who will come in to campus each day.

The UMass Department of Architecture is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment in higher education, and in the profession of architecture. Several need-based partial scholarships are available for students of color with financial need. Please see Tuition & Fees to learn how to apply.


Schedule: M - F, 9am - 4pm. Students should expect some additional studio time in the evenings.

UMass Mount Ida Campus

Summer Design Academy: Mount Ida Campus (Greater Boston)

This summer, high school students are invited to enroll in a regular UMass introductory architecture studio.

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

The Design Academy's interactive educational experiences include sketching, design exercises, model-making, the introduction to graphic and 3D computer programs, a visit to an architecture office, as well as lectures and reading discussions.

Students will create strong portfolio material that can be used for college applications to university design and architectural programs.

Students attending the Summer Design Academy in person will receive a materials kit (included in program fees).

 

There are two ways to participate:

  • a residential option for students who will stay on campus for the three weeks.
  • a commuter option for local students who will come in to campus each day.

The UMass Department of Architecture is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment in higher education, and in the profession of architecture. Several need-based partial scholarships are available for students of color with financial need. Please see Tuition & Fees to learn how to apply.


Schedule: M - F, 9am - 4pm. Students should expect some additional studio time in the evenings.