Design Discovery Young Adult (DDYA) is an intensive four-week summer program that seeks to immerse rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors into the world of design.
Students will be exposed to drawing, modeling and representation techniques associated with architectural design as well as exposed to alternative design perspectives of landscape design, urban planning, graphic, industrial, and fine arts design. The program strives to foster design skills and put students on track for exploring these ideas at the collegiate level.
Students explore problem-solving within the design disciplines through small and large scale projects, weekly discussions, and fast-paced group design dilemmas. During the four-week program, students are taught and exposed to the many techniques on which designers rely to convey both conceptual and real ideas.
They explore the impact of line work in drawing, learn how to physically model their drawn designs, and how to use digital media to illustrate and express their ideas. A combination of group and one-on-one instruction helps each student develop his or her ability to bring creative ideas to life!
DDYA is run by graduate students in the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
Students are selected to participate in this opportunity by their school leadership and GSD staff during our recruitment events held in Boston and Cambridge public school systems in the Spring.
July 1 – 26
- Online Application Information
- Essay: 400 words or less essay discussing how your background, extracurricular activities, and aspirations have contributed to your interest in this program. Please describe specifically what you hope to get out of the Design Discovery YA program and how you feel it will prepare you for your future. Essays for this topic may discuss a particular task (not necessarily related to design) that the applicant successfully completed.
- Academic Recommendation Letter: a letter submitted by a teacher or coach on your behalf.
- Administration Confirmation: Please provide the contact of an administrator at your school who can confirm your good attendance record and GPA.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in April. Applications will continue to be reviewed until all spots are filled. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.
The program is free to those who qualify. Applicants must be from the Boston/Cambridge area.
Thank you to Blick Art Materials in Cambridge for their continued support throughout the years!
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