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DAAPcamps 2018: Camp Descriptions


High School Residential Pre-College Camps

Live the Creative College Experience

Rising Grades 10-12
June 24–30, 2018,
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, 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

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. 

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.

Studio Art - Drawing and Painting Emphasis 

This is an intensive drawing, painting and craft studio where campers will develop artistic skill, and express their own individual creativity as they work from the great masters. Campers will go to diverse sites to draw and paint along with doing artist studio visits. Using “the grid” technique as a primary tool, artists will gain confidence on their own abilities and experiment with new ideas. Along with expanding their sill in tone, perspective, color and proportion they will learn about major art movements throughout history. 

Studio Art - Ceramics Emphasis

Do you want to learn to translate your ideas into ceramics? Students will be introduced to wheel throwing and hand-building techniques, as well as a range of firing and surface decoration processes including screen-printing on clay and raku firing. Explore Rookwood Pottery and be exposed to contemporary artists using ceramics from around the world in the studio. In only a week, campers will create a body of three-dimensional work for a college preparatory portfolio and learn to communicate personal ideas through contemporary art practices in ceramics. 

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.

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 11-15, 2018, 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 five years has seen a remarkable influx of innovative ideas as Digital Fabrication tools become readily available to designers of all kinds. Rapid prototyping machines—3D Printers, Laser Cutters, and CNC Machines—along with 3D-modeling software allow Architects, Designers, and Artists to explore and create objects never before seen. Immerse yourself in this technology for a week as you 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 other design discipline, excellent drawing skills will be your constant companion. This camp will provide you with the opportunity to explore a wide range of drawing experiences, including cast drawing, figure drawing, sculpture from the figure and master copies. No prior experience is needed. All work produced during your week in the Drawing Intensive will be geared toward supplementing your portfolio for future school or scholarship applications. 

City Transformers

Do you want to make a difference in the world? Join us and fellow change-makers for a week-long exploration of cities and how 0they work! Explore Cincinnati. Visit public parks. Research the built environment. Meet community leaders and activists. Make your own city maps and models! 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! 

Fiber Art Accessory Design and Creation

Build your own brand by creating one of a kind wearable art accessories. Learn to design essential key accessory items, including jewelry, handbags and wearables. This camp explores fiber, jewelry and leather design as it relates to contemporary art, fashion, culture, and society. Campers will use their passion for art to investigate the basics of creating a fashion accessory brand and the design and development techniques used by fashion designers to create trend forward accessories including studio work and outside studio visits.  

Summer Artings

Do you want to explore the arts in Cincinnati?  Led by an Art Historian, Summer Artings will immerse students in the rich artistic culture of the city.  We will have private tours of the major museums, behind the scenes visits to the DAAP galleries, and offer a detailed look at some of the creative murals popping up around the city.  Additionally, students will gain insight on some of the major works from the history of art, and have the opportunity to learn more about their favorite artists. 




** Scholarships:  Both Merit and Need-Based Scholarships Are Available for All High School Camps. Deadline for Scholarship Applications for All June 2018 Camps is April 1, 2018.  Deadline for the July C.A.M.P. is May 1, 2018.  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 11–15, 2018, 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 8–14 2018
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, 2018.
Campers and their families will be notified of their acceptance by May 15, 2018.




For specific questions regarding camp:

Email:  daapcamps@uc.edu

Phone:  513-556-2958


High School Residential Camps

High School Day Camps

Middle School Day Camps

Architecture Mentoring Camp