The 2020 Design Camp is canceled. We look forward to welcoming you in 2021.
Design Camp is a pre-college design program organized by Gear Up and the Department of Applied Design for high school students. During Design Camp, students will learn about the many professional fields within Design from ASU Faculty and Students. You will also create scale models during one day activities for each program. The design thinking skills and creative experience gained can empower students on their path toward becoming innovative problem solvers and prepare them to tackle the challenges of the future. After three full days and completing a project in Apparel Design, Industrial Design and Interior Design, a reception is held for all campers and parents to showcase each campers efforts.
During each day, campers engage in one-on-one and group activities associated with the design process. There are presentations about the project and from outside professional designers that engage the campers. Campers are also given tours of the various studio and lab spaces used by the faculty and students at Appalachian. A sample daily schedule is below:
- Introduction to Project
- Drawing Demonstration and Camper Participation
- Group Brainstorming Activity
- Thumbnail/Concept Generation
- Feedback and Critique of Concepts
- Refinement of Ideas
- Model Building Demonstration
- Finalization of Concept as Rendering and Model
This camp is for mature high school age students (rising 9th through 12th grade). If you are creative, like to build or draw objects, or are just inquisitive on how things work, then this is a perfect camp for you! Because of the volume and complexity of the material that will be presented, we would like to encourage participants to come rested, and prepared to take on the challenge.Only 60 students will be accepted for this program. All camp attendees are required to participate in all aspects and activities of the Design Camp. Activities include the following: brainstorming, drawing, and building models with a variety of materials. Campers will use industry specific tools for all of these activities.
Residential camper fee: $450 ( includes 3 nights' lodging in the residence hall, meals starting with dinner on Sunday and ending with lunch on Wednesday, limited accident insurance, and a camp t-shirt)
Day camper fee: $300 ( lunches Monday-Wednesday, limited accident insurance, and a camp t-shirt)
You may pay in full when you register, or pay a $50 deposit with the balance due by June 30.
Registration/Cancellation Deadline: Cancellations on or before June 30, 2020 will receive a full refund less $50 processing fee. There are no refunds after June 30, 2020 for this camp.
(Please note: Participants who register after May 15th are not guaranteed their preferred t-shirt size.)
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Please complete the registration form by clicking the appropriate link above whether paying by credit card or check.
To pay by check, complete the registration form, and mail in your payment to the address provided at the end of the registration process.
Each camper will need to bring a health form completed and signed by their parent/legal guardian. You can download this form here.
If you decide to cancel your registration, a $50 per person non-refundable deposit will be withheld from the refund. Cancellations must be received in writing on or before June 30. No refunds will be issued after this date or for no-shows.
Residential Camper Check-in: Sunday, July 19, 4 pm - 5 pm in lobby of White residence hall
Day Camper Check-in: Monday, July 20, 8am at Reich College of Education
Day Camper Pick-up: 5pm, daily, at Reich College of Education
Residential Camper Check-out: Wednesday, July 22, 6pm (after reception) at White residence hall
Reich College of Education is located at 151 College Street, Boone, North Carolina 28608.
White residence hall is located at 140 Brown Street, Boone, North Carolina 28608.
Long-term parking is available at Rivers Street Parking Deck and parking passes for chaperones will be provided at check-in. Drop-off (30 minute) parking is available at the Library Parking deck adjacent to the Reich College of Education. Buses must park at the Greenwood parking lot and do not require a parking pass; directions will be provided at check-in. An interactive campus map is available for planning your route.
Mr. Michael Rall, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Design, with a degree from North Carolina State's College of Design in Industrial Design. He has worked with the community for a number of years, engaging middle and high school students in the various design fields. The expansive nature of Industrial Design has allowed Michael to work in a variety of fields from gifts to furniture. He is particularly interested in how the ever changing areas of new technology, both input (Touch Sensitive Displays) and output (3D Printers), can be implemented into the classroom. Michael is an avid user of both technologies in his creative work as a way to rapidly visualize new design work.
Professors from Appalachian State University as well as other design professionals may provide additional lectures and lab sessions. Faculty will be assisted by undergraduate students from the Department of Applied Design.
College age counselors provide supervision of students during this camp. Participants will experience life on a college campus, staying in the residential facilities on campus and eating in the campus cafeterias and eateries.
If you have questions about registering for the camp, contact Conference & Camp Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about camp content, contact Michael Rall [email@example.com] or 828-262-8994.