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DAAPcamps 2017: Camp Descriptions


High School Residential Pre-College Camps

Live the Creative College Experience

Rising Grades 10-12
June 18-24, 2017,
Check-in Sunday afternoon, Check-out Saturday at noon after mini DAAPworks exhibit and graduation.
**Please note, University of Cincinnati employees receive a 15% discount on camp tuition. $1,499 – Includes all room, board, supplies, field trips  **

In DAAPcamps High School Residential Pre-College Camps you’ll spend the week living on campus while putting your ideas to work on immersive projects, exploring Cincinnati’s creative community, and forging the unforgettable friendships you can only find in the studio.

Classes are taught by DAAP faculty, professional guests and visiting artists, and are also staffed with current DAAP students as assistants. An exhibit and celebration culminates the camp on Saturday morning.

Architecture and Interior Design

Do you love buildings, inside and out? Are you interested in designing structures and interior spaces? This introduction to architecture and interior design mixes hands-on design projects and one-on-one attention from UC’s top-ranked architecture faculty with field trips to local firms and significant buildings.

Fashion Design

Turn your most fashionable dreams into a career reality. Come and spend one week in the Fashion DAAPcamp and get hands-on experience with projects that will teach you how to turn your style ideas to garments and accessories that you—and your friends—will be proud to wear.

Graphic Communication Design

Learn the fundamentals of type, imagery, symbols, color, sound, and motion so that you can connect your ideas and messages to people. Tour award-winning design firms and learn how to use the tools of design to make your own 2D and digital media projects.

Industrial Design

Make the world better and easier-to-use. DAAP’s Industrial Design camp provides an introduction to the industrial design profession, and first-hand experience developing the core skillset required to become an industrial designer. Students will improve their drawing skills, develop design concepts, and learn the design methods needed to create and market innovative and useful products. 

Studio Art

This year’s studio art camp will visit commercial and creative centers for screen-printing in Cincinnati and learn about the history of silkscreen. Then you’ll roll up your sleeves and do it yourself, producing materials like posters, booklets and t-shirts that you can add to your portfolio. This camp will build your drawing skills and your understanding of color theory, while experiencing the community and collaboration in DAAP’s print shop.

Shoe Design

The Shoe Design Camp is a one-week intensive seminar taught by two DAAP industrial design graduates who are now professionals in the footwear industry, along with an experienced product developer from England. Students will work side-by-side with these footwear design professionals, learning the fundamentals of the craft and the strategy behind product development, skills that will prepare them to study any discipline of design in the future. 


High School Day Camps: Grow Your Skills

Rising Grades 9-12
June 5-9, 2017, 9am-5pm daily
** $500 **

Business of Fashion 

Does your interest in the world of fashion and retail go beyond the average fashionista? Are you the "go-to-person" when someone needs to put together that perfect look? If you’re fascinated by the business of fashion and can see yourself as a buyer for a department store, a trend forecaster, boutique owner, fashion blogger, journalist, photographer, or a stylist – this new day camp is for you!  

Digital Fabrication Day Camp

In the past 5 years, designers and artists have made remarkable use of 3-D printers for design prototyping. Plastic toys, appliances, medical devices, automobiles, packaging and containers are now fabricated directly by the designer. 3D printing can manufacture new one-of-a-kind parts for specialty motorcycles, custom-made sunglasses and shoes. Artists use 3D printing to create sculpture masterpieces. The Digital Fabrication Day Camp is an opportunity to experiment and make things with the 3D printer in DAAP’s Rapid Prototyping Lab.

Drawing Intensive Camp

Whether your passion is graphic design, architecture, interior design, fashion, animation, or any wider range or related design disciplines, excellent hand drawing skills will be your constant companion. How and why do we see what we do? What is the shape of light? How can we find a reliable likeness between our drawings and our subject? Excellent drawing skills rely on answers to these important questions and more, all of which emerge from a shared graphic language that is at once inherited from the past, relevant today, and indispensable to your future as a design professional. This camp will help you prepare a competitive portfolio application and will change the way you see the world around you!

Growing the Future City Day Camp

Join us for a week-long exploration of plants in and around the city. Observe state-of-the-art green roofs, living walls, rain gardens, interior plantscapes and urban gardens – and then figure out what makes them work. Design an urban food garden – and harvest food for your afternoon snack. Create herbs and succulents from seeds and cuttings — and cutting-edge containers to take them home in. If you are interested in landscape design, landscape architecture, urban agriculture and other plant professions, come discover how plants contribute to livable cities – now and in the future.

The Art of Sewing Day Camp

Join us for a week-long adventure learning everything you need to know about creating your own fashions with a sewing machine. Learn the early stages of concepting ideas and then cut out your own patterns and sew the fabric together to create your own look. Bring your own sewing machine, use one of ours, or purchase one with a discount and learn on the machine you will take home. 

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Middle School Day Camps: Art and Narrative 

Rising Grades 6-8
June 5-9, 2017
AM Session, 9am-12pm                                                 $150 **
PM Session, 1:30-4:30pm                                              $150 **
Or Pack a Lunch and Stay Full Day, 9am-4:30pm       $300 **

Middle School day camp sessions in fine arts are led by our Art Education faculty. Spend a morning, afternoon or both with us!

Morning: 2D Workshop

Explore two-dimensional art and design by creating, drawing, coloring, and writing comic strips in various styles. Students will learn the history of the medium, various techniques and current practices for visual storytelling. The sky’s the limit for students to focus on their own imaginative creations. 

Afternoon: 3D Workshop

Create and build futuristic machines – space vehicles, submarines, airplanes, smart buildings, or your own unique hybrid. Students will learn design ideation and rapid prototyping techniques that will help them turn their ideas into reality.

** Scholarships:  Both Merit and Need-Based Scholarships Are Available for All Camps. Deadline for Scholarship Applications for All June 2016 Camps is April 14, 2017.  Deadline for the July camp is May 14, 2017.  Please see details of scholarships by following the SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID link.**

Architecture Mentoring Camp (C.A.M.P.)

Rising Grades 8-9
July 9-15 2017
** $75 **

The Cincinnati Architecture Mentoring Program (C.A.M.P.), is a great way to experience what life would be like as an architect or designer. Architects help design and build the world we live in. So, if you enjoy drawing and creating things, and design buildings in Minecraft, Sims or with Legos, join us this summer to learn from and work with faculty from the DAAP School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID). Tour architects’ offices and visit some great buildings on UC’s campus and throughout Cincinnati. Explore the creative process of designing buildings through hands-on projects incorporating drawing techniques and model-building.

C.A.M.P., in partnership with SAID, will offer a week-long day camp experience to introduce students to the creative and exciting world of architectural design. C.A.M.P. was formed in 2006 as a collaborative effort between SAID, the American Institute of Architects and the National Organization of Minority Architects to improve diversity in the field of Architecture. Priority will be given to minority applicants.

C.A.M.P. accepts applications, then confirms acceptance and invoices for payment. C.A.M.P has a limited number of scholarships for minority students throught support from professionals.