Summer Design Academy

Immerse yourself in the world of design

Architecture + Art Summer Design Academy for High School Students | Immerse yourself in the world of design

Architecture + Art Summer Design Academy for High School Students

Have a passion for design and creative projects? Want to learn how to make your art come to life and impact the world around you? We have the summer program for you!


Sunday, July 7, 2024 until Saturday, July 13, 2024

Application Deadline: Deadline: May 31st, or until the camp is full. There have been quite a few inquiries about the Summer Design Academy, so we encourage you to apply early.

Norwich University's Architecture Summer Design Academy will be a 1-week immersive, in-person course, teaching students the essentials of design thinking and architectural composition. Over the week, students will design a small building, using drawings and models to communicate how it would be experienced and how it could be built. All materials will be provided.

Each day students will explore their project through the application of a different modeling technique and architectural concept. Morning sessions will be devoted to learning modeling tools, beginning with technical demonstrations by instructors, followed by labs in small studio teams. Afternoon sessions will begin with lectures by Norwich Architecture professors, followed by individual project work time, and 1-on-1 desk critiques with instructors. They will end with daily "pin-up" presentations to the class. At the end of the course, students will have a portfolio of work they will display and present at a public virtual exhibit attended by parents, professors, and local architects.


  • Seminars
  • Sketching and drafting
  • Model building
  • Guest lecturers
  • Workshops
  • Local Field Trips

Students will gain a broader view of the field, develop skills and portfolio materials, and be advised on the college application and portfolio-building processes.

The A+A Summer Design Academy is open to students who will be high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the Fall of 2023. No experience is necessary, just come with a desire to learn and a curiosity about architecture.

The cost per student for this week-long program is $1,500, which includes meals, lodging, and required materials during the camp.

Schedule: (Subject to change)

Sunday, July 7, 2024: Orientation, 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. EST    
Monday - Friday, July 8-12, 2024: Daily Activities 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST (Evening activities included as well!)    
Saturday, July 13, 2024: Culminating Event and Presentation, parents welcome 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST

What are the requirements to apply?

   Letter of recommendation from a non-family member.    
   500-word essay on the topic: Why you would like to attend the Summer Design Academy. 
   A sketch, by you, of a real-life building.

Register for Summer Design Academy


Ask our Summer Design Academy program director.

Tolya S. Stonorov 
Associate Professor 
Architecture + Art 
1 (802) 485-2620