A summer camp for high school students, Design Matters offers motivated high school students an introduction to the design of the built environment and the considerations that shape it. The camp, held each June, provides the opportunity to experience life as a design student on a university campus for one week through its setting, curriculum, and instruction. Previous architecture or design experience is not necessary. Curiosity is the sole prerequisite.
Registration forms and deposits for Design Matters must be electronically submitted.
A non-refundable deposit of $100 is also required at that time.
Please register and make all payments through our online registration form (forthcoming for 2014).
Once registered, there are several forms for campers and their parents to complete. These include the:
• Design Camp Photo Release Form
• Medical Release Form
• In an Emergency, Permission to Treat Form
• Standards of Conduct Form
• Indication of T-Shirt Size and Other Important Information
The fee includes:
• Tuition and instruction
• Materials, equipment, and computers
• On-campus housing and meal tickets to
• Field trip admission tickets
• Transportation to and from off-campus sites
• Walking tours of downtown Knoxville and the
***Linens are not provided. All students must bring their own pillow, sheet, towels, and sleeping bag or twin xl bedding.
Two full scholarships will be awarded, one of each, in the categories of design and architecture for the Design Matters 2014 Camp. The competition is open to high school students only. Inquire below for the form.
The deadline to submit is May 1. Please send all scholarship applications to:
Attn: Design Matters
College of Architecture and Design
1715 Volunteer Blvd., Room 224
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-2400
For more information on Design Matters, please contact Amy Burns, Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the upcoming 2014 camp are forthcoming.
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Pictures from past camps:
College Building, Knoxville Star of AIA Film,‘Problem Solving through Architecture’
The American Institute of Architects selected AIA East Tennessee from chapters across the United States for a re-positioning grant to teach how critical thinking skills are developed using the local built environment and design process. The resulting film, “Problem Solving through Architecture” showcases our city and college, offering insights to life in Knoxville and the…
Students of First Design High School Camp Become UT Alumni
As a high school student, Elizabeth Cagle attended the Design Matters camp at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to see if architecture would be a viable career option. “It was confirmation that architecture was for me,” she said. “The camp exposed me to UT’s space and curriculum, so I felt comfortable here as a freshman.”…