Come spend a week with us on the amazing UT campus to learn about design and your place in it.
Design Matters! Camp is for creative, problem-solving, out-of-the-box thinkers. It’s a July design-immersion camp that offers motivated high school students an introduction to design and how design impacts the human experience.
You’ll also learn a lot about yourself and the world, and you’ll probably meet lifelong friends.
No Experience Needed
Previous architecture, interior architecture or design experience is not necessary. If you’re a rising freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in high school and have an interest in design and how it impacts the world, this is your place. Just bring your creativity and curiosity.
There’s nothing typical about Design Matters! Camp. On Day 1, you’ll immediately begin in the studio, and during the week, you’ll be engaged in activities that challenge your thinking about design, hands-on instruction in design, field trips to area locations for design interpretation, a visit to our Fab Lab and activities on the UT campus.
Faculty-led studios and lectures will introduce you to different ways of thinking, seeing and re-imagining our built environment.
The days start early and end late (with a lot of design challenges, learning and laughter in between), and they are all well organized for a memorable experience.
Architecture or Interior Architecture?
Don’t worry. Design Matters! Camp provides instruction in architecture, interior architecture and design, in general. We’ve got you covered.
Overnight vs. Commuter
We want to accommodate campers from near and far, so we offer overnight and commuter (day) packages. Tuition for overnight packages includes
Materials, equipment and access to digital technology
Field trip admission tickets
Transportation to and from off-campus sites
Walking tours of downtown Knoxville and the campus
Commuter packages don’t include housing, and meal options vary. All of these details (and more) are in the camp brochure.
Full and partial scholarships will be awarded for Design Matters! Camp. Scholarships are open to high school students who will be entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior years this fall. Please note: If you wish to apply for a camp scholarship, please do so before registering to attend camp.
Part of the experience in our week-long immersion is staying in an on-campus residence hall, just like our students do during the school year. You might just meet your new best friend.
Where will I eat?
All meals are provided for those who choose the “all meals plan.” Snacks are provided, as well, for everyone. Some meals take place in on-campus eateries, and some are at local restaurants.
How much does it cost?
Check out the camp brochure for this year’s fees, and be sure to read the information about scholarships above.
Once registered, you’ll receive forms by e-mail, and once you’ve completed them, please return them to Julie Beckman at email@example.com or mail them to Design Matters! Camp, UT College of Architecture and Design, 1715 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996.