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Online: Design Projects

You bring your creative interests, Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects, and Visual Communication Design, and our incredible faculty of artists, designers, and scholars will work one-on-one with you to push your skills to the next level. You will learn about contemporary designers and build design skills from drawing, drafting, researching, and ideation. We will introduce you to both traditional materials as well as software such as Adobe (Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop). The course will include online demonstrations geared to your passions, visiting artist presentations, online museum resources, as well as time for self-directed work and comprehensive faculty advising. You'll be introduced to both concepts and processes to storyboard and develop narratives. You'll engage in discussions and critiques with a vibrant online community of other students from throughout the country and around the world, create portfolio-quality work, and receive comprehensive guidance on developing competitive applications for college admissions to art and design programs. 

Note: Students in this course will be provided with an Adobe Creative Cloud License for the duration of the course. We recommend that you have a laptop that meets the minimum requirements for Adobe Creative Cloud.

"The Design Projects course was amazing, and it really allowed me to understand design and architecture from a new perspective. The content really enriched my design skills helping me learn from my peers and the amazing [instructors] who taught the course."
-Srivats Srinivasan, Design Projects Online student, Summer 2020  

"The one-on-one sessions with the teachers were really helpful and I appreciate them for taking the time to really understand the students, their work and their specific styles, and guide them in the right direction. On top of that, they always kept the discussions interesting by being open in the discussions and talking about a variety of things, from college options to our designs in the class to our own passions."
– ECPOSI Design Projects Online student, Summer 2020

To view student projects from last summer's Design Projects course click here, and here

1.0 College Credit
Full Tuition Cost: $1,740
This cost does not reflect any potential Merit Scholarship or need-based financial aid the student may be awarded.


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Course end date
Class meeting time 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM CT
Class meeting days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Building and room Online
Course number 1010
Course instructor Terry J. Surjan, David Joel Thomas