Summer Pre-College Design

The School of Design's Pre-College Design program is a unique opportunity to begin a future student’s true college design experience. Our classes are taught by School of Design faculty and students are given a primer on the design principles and practices that are the cornerstone of their freshman year experience at Carnegie Mellon. Students get their own personal studio space, providing them with their first foray into “studio life.” The studio space is available to students outside of class hours and immerses them into the collaborative studio experience that they'd receive in their first year in the School of Design. By the end of the program, students will have portfolio pieces that have been critiqued by School of Design faculty. There will also be a showcase featuring all of the work completed during the summer program for fellow classmates, faculty and parents.

For more information on the Pre-College Design program and the School of Design, please visit the School of Design website.


The Experience

The summer Pre-College Design program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation of skills and a clear idea of what to expect from a college-level accredited program in Design. Sessions will consist of studio learning, lectures, critiques, field trips to museums, workspaces, and community spaces, and guided work sessions with faculty and professionals.

Summer Pre-College students in design will experience the dynamic of learning through making in a studio environment. These experiences will include design research, conceptualization, three-dimensional design, working with images and text, and the presentation of their design work.

The summer Pre-College Design program is structured to introduce the discipline of design and to teach students the processes Designers used to solve problems.

Expectations

Summer Pre-College Design is an immersive program that offers the intensive energy and the dynamic creative culture of the college-level experience. Design success is largely the result of focused effort and intensity of investigation; students should expect to invest significant time working in the studio with fellow students outside of class (evenings and weekends) to develop and complete project coursework. 

Students will need a digital camera and/or a phone capable of taking pictures and may be asked to purchase up to $250 in materials to support class work.

Curriculum

Our program is structured as a six-week program. Students will receive expert instruction in:

  • Studio Design for Products, Communications, & Environments
  • Design Drawing
  • Design Photography
  • Design Research & Problem Solving Methods

We provide an intensive introduction to design methods; however, no previous experience or specific computer skills are required to succeed. Please see our FAQ section for more detailed information.



Cost

Resident - $8,080
Commuter - $5,766