Industrial Design Workshop
Session 1: June 9 – June 14, 2024
Session 2: July 7 – June 12, 2024
Session 3: July 14 – July 19, 2024

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. They are designed in suites consisting of two double-occupancy rooms connected by a bathroom.


Breakfast and dinner will be provided at The Edge at Central Dining.. Lunch will be catered by the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. All dietary restrictions and allergies are taken into consideration for each 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.

Benjamin Bush
Benjamin Bush

Associate Professor Benjamin Bush is a sports coach trapped in the body of an industrial design educator. He received his Master's in Industrial Design from Auburn University in 2009 and, after 8 years of teaching design throughout the southeast United States, returned home to join the all-star team of educators within the CADC. He believes in hard work, nontraditional learning environments, and instilling fun into all walks of life.

He has a fierce love of the woodlands and Alabama public school systems as they both have deeply contributed to his sense of adventure and resourcefulness. Ben teaches a wide range of design studios and lecture courses such as digital prototyping and portfolio classes. It is also important to know that Ben enjoys functional prototypes and tacos in equal measure.


Registration begins December 1, 2023 at 9AM.

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Camp Fees are $890 and include the following items:
  • 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


All cancellation requests must be submitted via email. Please send your request to

Cancellation Procedure:

  1. Cancellation request received at least 6 weeks prior to the start date of the program: Full refund, less $100.
  2. Cancellation request received less than 6 weeks but at least 3 weeks prior to the program start date: Refund of 50%
  3. Cancellation request received less than 3 weeks prior to the program start date or “no show”: No refund.

Note: Refunds will be issued to the individual/organization who made the original payment.

The Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction (CADC) is offering full camp scholarships for the Industrial Design Workshop.

Camp scholarship applications open on December 1, 2023 and close on March 15, 2024. Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 1, 2024.

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If you plan on attending this camp even if you are not selected for a camp scholarship, please register now to ensure you have a spot. If you are selected for a camp scholarship and have already paid for camp, we will refund the registration fee.

What to Bring to Camp:

Please pack lightly – but do not forget to bring bedding, a towel, and toiletries.

Campers should refrain from bringing no more than one (1) suitcase and one (1) personal sized bag to camp.

Dorm Room:
  • XL twin sheets/thick blanket or sleeping bag and pillow
  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone Charger
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Bath Towel
  • Hairbrush
Clothing & Shoes:
  • T-shirts: Loose fitting, tank tops must have straps three fingers wide and cover all undergarments
  • Shorts: At least 3.5” inseam
  • One (1) pair of jeans/long pants
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Tennis Shoes: We walk up to 6 miles daily!
  • Closed toed shoes
  • Swimsuit: For girls, a modest one piece swimsuit. For boys, no speedos or jammers.
  • Flip-flops or Water Shoes: For the pool
  • Sweatshirt or Jacket
  • Dress up Outfit: Dressy casual (modest) outfit (e.g.: modest sundress, polo & khakis, pants & blouse)
  • Rain Jacket or Poncho
  • Laundry Bag
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach Towel: For the pool
  • Bug spray/Sunscreen
  • $50 key/meal card deposit: Make check payable to Auburn University
  • Spending Money

Last Updated: January 2, 2024