SCI-Arc's Design Immersion Days (DID) is an immersive four-week summer program that introduces high school students of varying backgrounds to the academic and professional world of design and architecture. 

SCI-Arc's Design Immersion Days program is intended to inspire curiosity about the world of design, help students gain basic design knowledge and critical thinking skills, and familiarize them with the expansive architectural and design culture of Los Angeles.

The city functions as both teaching subject and object of study for the course, as the students become immersed in the visual and structural landscape and its cultural context. The DID curriculum at SCI-Arc provides the students with a unique opportunity to experience Los Angeles through the lens of those most deeply engaged with shaping the cityscape, namely architects who call this city their home. The landmarks, the urban environment, and the world renowned domestic architecture of the city is both subject and object of a total immersion in the how and why of the role of architecture and design in the making of a city. This is a course about the city itself—how it is built, how it works, and how to understand it.

DID is designed to be accessible to students interested in design and architecture to varying degrees—whether to build the foundation for a future career, or to enrich a visual curiosity and design appreciation. The instructors for this program are all practicing designers and architects who conduct design exercises with participating students as a way to both share their own creative design process and help cultivate the groundwork for individual ideas and expression.

The DID educational philosophy is rooted in a collegial interaction between teachers and students in the studio, in the field, and in one-on-on mentoring. The course is broad in its range of discourse but specifically meaningful for each participating student. By the conclusion of the program, the students have received an engaging introduction to the rich architectural context of Los Angeles and will have begun to develop and refine their own distinctive approach to learning about design and architecture.

Last summer, our Design Immersion Days was a considerable success. Students worked one-on-one with prominent designers and had private tours of museums, design firms and galleries. They learned sophisticated 3D modeling techniques used by our faculty and created models by hand. The studio classes were led by SCI-Arc’s graduate and undergraduate faculty who gave diligent attention to all the students' design challenges.

Cost and Session Information


June 22 – July 18, 2020

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $3,350 (includes lunch, field trips, course materials, and studio kit) 

Other expenses: accommodations not included

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