Design Discovery Youth (DDY) is an intensive four-week summer program that seeks to immerse rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the world of design.
Students will be exposed to drawing, modeling, and representation techniques associated with architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism, as well as 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 examine problem solving within the design disciplines through small and large-scale projects, weekly discussions, and fast-paced group design challenges. During the four-week program, students are taught and exposed to the many techniques on which designers rely to convey ideas.
Participants 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 their ability to bring creative ideas to life!
DDY is run by graduate students in the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urbanism from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
June 28 – July 23
APPLY ONLINE: 2021 Application
- Essay: In 400 words or less, explain 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 Youth program and how you feel it will prepare you for your future. Feel free to describe a project that you have completed and what you have learned from it, even if it is not related to design.
- 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. A device with a stable internet connection and sufficient resources to run Zoom and access the web-based Canvas course management software is required. The use of Adobe Creative Cloud is optional. Harvard will provide all participants with licenses to use these tools for the duration of the program. If needed, applicants may request computer support.
Thank you to Blick Art Materials in Cambridge for their continued support throughout the years!
© Harvard Graduate School of Design 2018