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    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Summer Design Academy

    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Summer Design Academy


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Destination: United States
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June, July
    • Session Length: Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: Architecture, Design, Interior Design
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $3,000 - $6,999
    • Career Clusters: Architecture and Construction
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
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    Learn about Summer 2024 Pre-College opportunities at UMass Amherst. Our residential and online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world. Our programs feature faculty-led courses, state-of-the-art facilities, and the #1 campus dining in the U.S., as ranked by the Princeton Review.


    The UMass Amherst Summer Design Academy provides an opportunity for high school students interested in architecture, landscape architecture, urban or interior design to learn more about these professions and experience the kinds of activities that take place in a university design program.

    The Design Academy's interactive educational experiences include sketching, design exercises, model-making, the introduction to graphic and 3D computer programs, a visit to an architecture office, as well as lectures and reading discussions.

    Students will create strong portfolio material that can be used for college applications to university design and architectural programs.

    Students attending the Summer Design Academy in person will receive a materials kit (included in program fees). 

    There are two ways to participate:

    a residential option for students who will stay on campus for the three weeks.a commuter option for local students who will come in to campus each day.

    The UMass Department of Architecture is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment in higher education, and in the profession of architecture. Students of color who cannot meet the financial obligations of the Summer Design Academy (SDA) are encouraged to apply for a scholarship. Please see Tuition & Fees to learn how to apply.

    Schedule: M - F, 9am - 4pm. Students should expect some additional studio time in the evenings.


    In Person Schedule: M - F, 9am - 4pm. This course is offered at the UMass Amherst campus as a residential program. Local students may apply to attend as a commuter.

    Cost and Session Information

    UMass Amherst: July 14 - August 3, 2024
    UMass Mount Ida campus: June 30 - July 20, 2024

    Three-Week Residential Intensives: $5,522

    *Program fees listed above include tuition and room & board, as well as materials.
    *All programs require submission of $35 application fee.