Design Matters! Camp Big Orange and Big Design

Curiosity is the sole prerequisite.

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.

Design Matters! Camp is July 15-21, 2018!

(Yes, one extra day for no additional cost!)

 

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.

 

Design Matters! Camp Brochure

 

What’s a typical week?

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.

 

Design Matters! Camp was fundamental to me entering the Architecture program at UT. It immerses you in the community environment of the studio. For anyone who wants to get a glimpse of any design program in the college or gain an advantage by having some experience with the 3D programs, Design Matters! Camp is invaluable.

Joanna Martin, 2016 DM!C Alumna, 2017 Architecture Student

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

  • Housing
  • All meals
  • Program instruction
  • 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.

Scholarships

Full and partial scholarships will be awarded for this year’s 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.

Contact

For more information on Design Matters! Camp, please email designmatters@utk.edu. Follow us on the Design Matters Facebook page to see updates, stories and images about the camp.

Design Matters Camp campers with designs

Registration and FAQs

Registration for Design Matters! Camp is simple. Start your registration at the button below and come be a Tennessee Volunteer!

FAQs

When is Design Matters! Camp this year?

In 2018, Design Matters! Camp is one day longer than past years:  July 15-21 (one more day…no additional cost!).

Where will I sleep?

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.

Forms

Once registered, you’ll receive forms by e-mail, and once you’ve completed them, please return them to Julie Beckman at designmatters@utk.edu or mail them to Design Matters! Camp, UT College of Architecture and Design, 1715 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996.

 

Questions?

E-mail us at designmatters@utk.edu.

We hope to see you at Design Matters! Camp this summer. Come dream big in Big Orange Country.