Industrial Design Workshop – Session 1: June 17–22, 2018; Session 2: July 8–13, 2018
Rising 9th – 12th Grade

Auburn University's Industrial Design Camp offers an engaging program for rising 9th - 12th grade students interested in a professional career in Industrial Design. Hosted by the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction's School of Industrial and Graphic Design, this week-long resident camp offers an intensive design experience beginning with the identification of a design problem and rapidly progressing through idea generation, concept development, and exploratory prototyping.

Each day is filled with practical, hands-on design activities, technical demonstrations, and in-depth instruction. Foundational skills such as sketching, rendering, and prototyping are emphasized throughout the week as participants develop their solution to the issue at hand. Working in dedicated studio spaces, participants have access to photo, computer, and prototype fabrication labs.

Faculty, staff, and student assistants from Auburn University's School of Industrial and Graphic Design provide individual attention and guidance to each participant. Camp leaders are recognized for their desire to communicate with young people and to share their knowledge of design. Faculty members assisting with the workshop hold professional degrees in design and have industry experience in the fields of: industrial design, graphic design, architecture, business, and others. The faculty's diverse background ensures that participants receive a broad perspective on design.

Camp participants will experience campus-life while residing in Auburn's resident dormitories, eating at campus dining facilities, and enjoying evening social and recreational activities. Campers will have 24/7 counselor supervision.

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Campers will reside in the Hill Dormitories or the Quad dorms. They are designed in suites consisting of two double-occupancy rooms connected by a bathroom.


Campers will have various meal options for breakfast and lunch in The Student Center. Unlike breakfast and lunch, dinner is held in The Village Dining facility, where they have unlimited options of a buffet-style meal.


Participants will spend most of their time in Wallace Hall and will gain an immediate appreciation for the vibrant creativity and innovation in our industrial and graphic design studios. One of the oldest programs in the nation, Industrial Design's graduate and undergraduate programs are ranked in the top ten degree programs nation by DesignIntelligence.

Chris Arnold
Chris Arnold

Chris's professional experience comes from working in the architecture, communicative environment, and product design industries. In addition he is principle of DesignForesight, a design consulting and visualization firm that he founded in 2002.

Previous teaching experience includes course design and implementation responsibilities within large corporate training programs as well as with the Master of Science in Architecture at Mississippi State University. Professor Arnold currently teaches second year design studios and lectures at both the undergraduate and graduate program levels.

Research interests include the development of artifact documentation and knowledge management techniques within the design process, the cross-disciplinary application of design methodology in “non-design” fields such as business, and the integration of design methods within K-12 education.

CAMP FEE: $800 and includes:
  • On campus housing
  • All meals, snacks and drinks while at camp
  • Program instruction, materials and equipment
  • Transportation to and from off-campus field-trip sites
  • Recreational activities

Enrollment is limited to 24 students, so register early!

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Session 2: Register


If a registration is canceled for any reason, the individual or organization making the original CAMP FEE payment will receive:

  1. A full refund, with a $25 administrative fee deduction, if the cancellation request is received at least 4 weeks prior to the start date of the program;
  2. A refund of 50%, if the cancellation request is received less than 4 weeks prior but at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date;
  3. No refund for a "No Show" or for a cancellation request received less than 2 weeks prior to the start date of the program.

Note: A registration may be transferred to another person at any time for a $25 transfer fee.

The College of Architecture, Design and Construction is awarding a limited number of needs-based scholarships for students to attend one of their 2018 summer camps. To apply for one of these full scholarships, complete and submit the form below.

Applying for a scholarship? Complete your camp registration on the previous tab and select the $100 Deposit Option to secure your spot in camp. If selected, the partial scholarship amount will be directly applied to your registration fee for camp.

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Last Updated: March 20, 2018