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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.
TUITION: $1,499 – Includes all room, board, supplies, field trips
**Please note, University of Cincinnati employees receive a 15% discount on camp tuition.  **


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? Then the Architecture & Interior Design DAAPcamp is the perfect place for you to be this summer! This camp, designed to introduce you to Architecture and Interior Design, mixes hands-on design projects, field trips to local firms and interesting buildings, plus individual attention from UC faculty, all while giving you a taste of college life. So join us, and create a unique experience exploring the worlds of Architecture and Interior Design.

Fashion Design

If you find yourself “noticing” fashion …sketching ideas…being inspired by color and fabric…always thinking: “I have an exciting idea for a look that has never been created!”—then an education and career in Fashion Design is for you!  DAAPcamp is the place to explore the fashion design process through an immersive week long experience that investigates fashion theory, conceptual development and technical realization. Learn the tools required of contemporary fashion designers as you develop and craft garments that showcase your unique design voice as the Future of Fashion.

Graphic Communication Design

Learn the fundamentals of type, photography, color, imagery and motion so that you can connect your ideas and messages to people. Tour an award-winning design firm and learn how to use the tools of design to make your own and collaborative 2D and digital media projects. Students will utilize DAAP’s Mac lab, photography darkroom and foundation studios to create unique graphic projects. Introduction to Adobe suites software Illustrator and Photoshop.

Industrial Design

Industrial Designers are innovators and communicators who are skilled at understanding user needs and translating this knowledge into new productand vehicle concepts. Professionals in this field focus on improving and adding value to the human experience and making the world a better,easier-to-use place. The Industrial Design DAAPcamp introduces students to the dynamic profession of industrial design. Students will improve their drawing skills, learn design procedures involved in creating and marketing innovative and useful products, and develop design concepts. They will visit a local design firm and a product manufacturer. This camp provides: an introduction to the industrial design profession, an overview of the DAAP Industrial Design major and first-hand experience developing the core skill set required for industrial design.

Studio Art

The Studio Art DAAPcamp will appeal to your creative passion while exploring various media.  Spend the week immersed in drawing, ceramics and printmaking.  You will refine your art-making skills, see how your talent transends mediums and walk away with works of art to populate your growing portfolio!

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
TUITION: $500, includes all supplies and field trips

The Art of Fashion

Come join us for a week-long adventure learning everything you need to know about creating your own piece of wearable art. Experience what it is like to dream up a concept or idea and translate it into a stunning garment that is all your own. You will immerse yourself into the behind the scenes of a fashion house, creating new ideas and techniques.

Digital Fabrication  

The past 5 years has seen a remarkable influx of Digital Fabrication toolsbecome readily available to designers of all types. Tools such as 3D Printers,Laser Cutters, and CNC Machines, along with 3D modeling softwares suchas Rhino, Fusion 360 and Solidworks allow Architects, Designers, and Artiststo explore and create objects never before seen.  The Digital FabricationDay Camp is a fully immersive opportunity to partner with DAAP's RapidPrototyping Center to design, model and fabricate your very own one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Drawing Intensive

Whether your passion is graphic design, architecture, interior design, fashion, animation, or any related design discipline, excellent hand drawing skills will beyour constant companion. 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 ashared graphic language that shapes and influences how we see and understand the world around us. This camp will provide you withe the opportunity to explore a wide range of skills, including site size drawing, figure drawing, and printmaking, as well as provide you with work samples to supplement competitive portfolio applications.

City Transformers

Do you want to make a difference in the world?  More than half of the world lives in cities. Join us and fellow changemakers for a week-long exploration of the cities and how they work! Research the built environment around you. Visit public parks and gardens. Make a mini-green roof. Meet community leaders and activists. Explore Cincinnati. Create your own maps and city models using a variety of 2D and 3D media (sculpture, drawing, computer programs, etc.). At this day camp, you'll learn what it takes to positively change your community and create livable, sustainable cities. Come change the world with us!

Movie Making

Ever dreamt of making it big in Hollywood? Did you realize the most successful filmmaker in the history of film grew up in Cincinnati? Steven Spielberg, the creator of “Jaws”, “Jurassic Park”, “E.T.”, “Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind”, and many more was also directly connected to UC through his father, who taught classes here! Dreams of Hollywood definitely can come true, as long as you learn the craft of moviemaking. Movies are an art form that anyone can learn, as long as the passion is there. You provide the passion, we provide the education and tools to turn your dreams into reality. This intensive weeklong experience will provide motivated students hands-on instruction using the latest moviemaking equipment and technology and will be taught by UC faculty with real-world experience. Students will work as crew under supervision of faculty members heading each of the various areas of production and post-production. The goal of the camp is to produce a completed motion picture to be screened at UC in the Mainstreet Cinema.


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** Scholarships:  Both Merit and Need-Based Scholarships Are Available for All High School Camps. Deadline for Scholarship Applications for All June 2017 Camps is April 1, 2017.  Deadline for the July C.A.M.P. is May 1, 2017.  Please see details of scholarships by following the SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID link.**


Middle School Day Camps: Art and Narrative 

Rising Grades 6-8
June 5-9, 2017, 9:30am–4:30pm
TUITION: $300, includes all supplies

Middle School day camp sessions in fine arts are led by our Art Education faculty.  

Come join Middle School DAAPcamp this summer for new explorations into visual art through the process of ideation, hands on creation, and reflection. Students will be guided through open-ended projects to create with materials ranging from two-dimensional, sculptural, and digital, including rapid prototyping techniques to turn dreams into reality. The day-long session provides three hours of instruction in the morning, an hour for lunch break (supervised group), and three hours of instruction in the afternoon. The sky’s the limit for students to focus on their own imaginative ideas!


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

Rising Grades 8-9
July 9-15 2017
TUITION: $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 tuition payment after confirmation.  The tuition is kept to a minimum, thanks to the generous support of local architectural firms and philanthropic organizations. Scholarships are available upon request based on need.

Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2017.
Campers and their families will be notified of their acceptance by May 15, 2017.