Summer Design Camp! Big Orange and Big Design


UT Summer Design Camp

Our 2023 Summer Design Camp will be in person and offered to students from all over the region and nation!

We are excited to welcome campers back to campus for a week of immersive design learning and exploration.

Please hold this week (registration will open March 1):

JULY 16 – 22, 2023*

More details to follow


What you will experience:

  • Learn how to communicate information and ideas using foundational design principles including color, pattern, space, form and composition
  • 2D and 3D analog and digital representation techniques.
  • Design topics including theory, history, technology and professional practice.
  • A glimpse into design education at the University of Tennessee!

Campers traveling from near and far will work with award-winning faculty and upperclassmen students who will help guide them through design exercises and projects.  We’ll explore Knoxville and get our hands dirty!  A kit of supplies will be provided to each camper upon their arrival to campus.  This kit will include materials and tools to make and create.

Curiosity is the sole prerequisite.

Come spend a week with us this summer in a UT design studio to learn about design and your place in it during our summer design camp for high school students. You’ll learn about architecture, interior architecture and graphic design and how they impact the world.

This camp is for creative, problem-solving, out-of-the-box thinkers. It’s a July design-immersion experience 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

What’s a typical week?

Camp days will be filled with a variety of design exploration in both the studios of our Art + Architecture building and in/around UT campus and downtown Knoxville. Throughout the week, you will be introduced to Architecture and Design faculty and be engaged in both digital and analog activities that challenge the way you think about design. We will be offering one-on-one guidance as you explore your kit of parts and use these components to make and create. We will share meals in our campus dining halls and fun evenings painting the rock, swimming in the Olympic size campus pool or kicking the soccer ball around on the rec fields.

* For planning purposes, campers can begin moving in on Sunday, July 16 at 2 PM.  Move out will be on Saturday, July 22 by 2 PM. 

The UT Summer Design 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, Summer Design Camp is invaluable.

Joanna Martin, 2016 SDC Alumna, 2017 Architecture Student

Architecture…Interior Architecture…Design?

Don’t worry. Summer camp provides instruction in architecture, interior architecture and design, in general. We’ve got you covered.


Full and partial scholarships will be awarded for summer camp.  Scholarships are open to high school students who will be entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior years this fall.

Design Matters Camp campers with designs