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Pre-College Design Program

Pre-College Design Program

The Pre-College Design program consists of two-week online workshops in architecture and industrial design. Hosted by the College of Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology, this program provides the opportunity to engage with our world-class faculty and current students, and give high-school students insight on what it is like to study architecture and industrial design.

High school students who have completed their sophomore year or above are welcome to apply.

We are no longer accepting students for Summer 2021.

The Difference of Design at Georgia Tech

The College of Design's academic approach is more dynamic than other design programs based in fine arts. While our students and our faculty have strong foundations in the traditional industries of architecture and industrial design, at Georgia Tech they regularly collaborate with engineers, computer scientists, and entrepreneurs. Our Pre-College Design Program focuses on the symbiotic relationship between technology and design.

The Workshops

Students will meet with their instructors and teaching assistants via videoconference 3-5 times a week where students will receive lectures, follow guided exercises, and engage in discussion to develop a foundational understanding of design. Live sessions will take place 11am-1pm and after a break will resume 2pm-4pm (EST).

In between live video meetings, students will have a series of exercises and projects to complete that will help them learn what it means to see the world through a designer’s lens.

Each of the programs consists of 28 students led by a Georgia Tech faculty member and a team of teaching assistants. All students are required to have a reliable internet connection and a device that can download BlueJeans (Georgia Tech’s videoconference app) and Padlet (a collaboration app).

For any inquiry, please email Yousef Bushehri (yousef@gatech.edu)

Summer 2021

We are pleased to offer two sessions of our program this coming summer. The architecture program and the industrial design program will take place during both session and the music technology program will take place during the first session only.

Session 1: June 14th - June 25th
(Architecture, Industrial Design, and Music Technology)

Session 2: July 12th - July 23rd
(Architecture and Industrial Design)

Applications will open in early March 2021. When completing your application, please indicate which program and which session you are interested in.

Architecture Workshop

Have you always been curious about architecture? Are you interested in learning how to communicate like an architect?

Come join us for an energetic immersion into the field of design and making where students will interact with professors, current students, recent graduates, and local practitioners.

Our Pre-College summer experience provides hands-on experience in drawing and making to test design ideas for an architectural project. Participants will understand the path to a career in architecture, as well as leave with a design project ready for inclusion in their own portfolio.

We are offering 2 sessions of the architecture workshop. Both sessions are full.

Industrial Design Workshop

Industrial Designers design the products we use every day! Appliances, phones, tools, bikes, and many more products emerge through the creative thinking and making of Industrial Designers.

Explore the possibilities of this exciting career in our virtual camp. Students will enjoy drawing and modeling to test design ideas, along with learning about local industrial design firms on their way to making their very own consumer product.

All will leave with a new understanding of this exciting profession, and a design project ready for inclusion in their own portfolio.

We are offering 2 sessions of the industrial design workshop. Both sessions are full.

Music Technology Workshop

Music technologists imagine new inventions for, new ways of listening to, and new ways of playing music.

The Music Technology Pre-College program explores ways we create and experience music. In addition to music production, we explore machine learning, music information retrieval systems, immersive audio environments, and performance technologies. We study the use of popular software and hardware in music creation, manipulation, and what future developments are on the horizon.

Each student will have the opportunity to create projects suitable for their own portfolio.

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