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Welcome to DAAPcamps Residential Camps!

DAAPcamps’ High School Residential Camps began in the summer of 2011.  It has grown each summer and now 150 rising sophomores, juniors and seniors join us from all over the country and internationally to explore the disciplines at DAAP.  The Camp Leads are comprised of faculty and professionals in the individual industries of Shoe Design, Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Graphic Communication Design, Architecture and Interior Design, Fine Art and Digital Film-Making. Campers arrive on Sunday and finish their week on Saturday after a morning show of their work followed by graduation.  Studios are comprised of a combination of hands-on work, visits with professionals, fieldtrips and more. Each evening following dinner, there are full-camp activities combining all disciplines…DAAPcamp Alumni Panel, Creative Career Night, Cincinnati Fieldtrip, Sketch Off and social activities.  Campers stay in UC student housing chaperoned by House Leads and the Camp Director.  See which camp you want to join!


View our Residential Camp offerings below:


Architecture & Interior Design

Intended for: Rising 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students

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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
mixes hands-on design projects, field trips to local firms and cool
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

Intended for: Rising 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students

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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 creations that showcase your unique design voice as the Future of Fashion.


Fine Art Studio

Intended for: Rising 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students

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This is an intensive drawing, painting and sculpture studio where
campers will develop artistic skills, and express their own individual
creativity as they work from their imagination and copy works of great
masters. Campers will go to diverse sites to draw and paint and will
have the opportunity of visiting artists’ studios and talking with artists.
Along with expanding their skills in tone, color and proportion, they will
learn about major art movements throughout history.  


Industrial Design

Intended for: Rising 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students

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Every product around you—from the keyboard at your fingertips
to the car in your driveway—was designed by industrial designers
to meet  a given need by a given group of people at a given time.
But there’s a lot more to industrial design than simply coming up
with cool things. Join us for the Industrial Design DAAPcamp and
learn all about what it takes to make it in this highly challenging and
rewarding career.


Graphic Communication Design

Intended for: Rising 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students

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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 computer lab, photography darkroom and foundation studios to create unique graphic projects. Introduction to Adobe suites software Illustrator and Photoshop.


Shoe Design

Intended for: Rising 10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students

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