Design Experience Camp

Are you a design thinker or creative maker? Would you like to learn to change the world and become a creative problem solver? Penn State's Design Experience Camp is your first step!

The Design Experience Camp will immerse you in the energy of the creative design process. You'll learn how people use and perceive space, and how you might influence those perceptions.  And, you'll uncover the design secrets of some of Philadelphia’s most iconic places, experience the professional world of graphic design, architecture and landscape architecture, and imagine how your ideas can influence cities of the future.

This camp focuses on:

  • Discovering the role of the creative process in design
  • Site and office visits to explore design practice in action
  • Learning how design impacts so much of what we see everyday

This camp’s educational experiences will include multiple walking tours around Center City Philadelphia.

July 22-26, 2019
Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Grade Level

Entering Grades 9 - 12

Camp Fee and Registration

Fee: $380

Click here to register: Register now!

Additional Information:

Located within the Penn State Center Philadelphia, around the corner from Independence Hall in the heart of Old City, the Summer Design Experience offers a unique opportunity for high schoolers to learn about and practice design in one of America’s oldest cities and forward thinking design centers. Led by dedicated faculty, alumni, and undergraduate students from Penn State’s nationally ranked College of Arts and Architecture, our innovative summer program provides invaluable mentorship, professional development, and networking opportunities for young designers.

During the Summer Design Experience, you will have the opportunity to explore Philadelphia’s rich design history through a series of tours, field trips and site visits. Using the facilities at the Penn State Center, try your hand at design and take part in hands-on building and model making activities. Immerse yourself in individual and collective creative design processes like those that take place in professional design programs alongside peers with similar interests. Build critical thinking and problem solving skills that will support lifelong success in the field of design.

This camp is a collaboration between Penn State University's Stuckeman School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Graphic Design, and The Penn State Center – Engaging Philadelphia, and Penn State Abington.

Please also note that all activities take place at the Penn State Center and in Center City, Philadelphia. There is no transportation to and from the Penn State Abington campus.


Tommy McCann

Tommy McCann has his master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Penn State University and is the on-site representative for the Stuckeman School in Philadelphia.  His background includes over 9 years working as a landscape architect in Ireland, as well currently being the Horticulture Educator for Penn State Extension and working with Urban Growers and youth throughout the city.  Tommy will be the coordinator of the Summer Experience Camp, and is looking forward to imparting his passion for design and problem solving with this year’s group!  Contact: [email protected]