Hands-on Design Thinking summer program for teens
3—15 August 2020
Prague, Czech Republic
Design Disco Camp is a two-week program that immerses high school students (ages 14-18) in the world of design. The program focuses on 3 core values and accompanying skill sets: creative-confidence, teamwork, and community impact. Students are exposed to architectural design as well as alternative design perspectives – solution and creative thinking, user research, ideation, graphic design, and industrial design.
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• 3D Design
• Product Design
• Design Thinking
• Design Process
• Model Making
• Visual Thinking
A camp with purpose
Through our work with local communities and organizations, Design Disco Camp is structured around dynamic group tasks, tackling real issues and needs, with a hands-on design/build project. Through team and instructor-lead project planning, students will gain the capacity to break down large, challenging problems into small achievable tasks. Students will learn new skills for collaborating in teams which empower everyone in the process, building capacities for trust, self-assessment and responsibility. We emphasize design solutions that have an impact in the local community – that even little parts can become part of a bigger piece.
Collaborate with architects and designers
Students will have the opportunity to meet and work with international architects and designers to hear about their experiences and exchange ideas. With site visitations and excursions to design firms, students will get a peek of what it really is like to work as a professional in the realm of design.
Based in the beautiful city of Prague
Located in the heart of Europe, Prague is a living architecture textbook. The city is renowned for its buildings from nearly every period of history, combining deep heritage with a rapidly transforming urban outlook. A city where you can take many inspirations from!
Our instructors are passionate young professionals in the field of architecture and design. Students’ individual interests and creative competencies are taken into account throughout the camp. Instructors are passionate about guiding each student on how to connect design with their world.
And of course, have fun!
Of course, there will be plenty of time to hang out and have fun, too! Our camp is a great opportunity to meet other students from different schools and countries, who share common interests from all over the world. You might even get to say I met “_____” before they were famous!
3–15 August 2020
High school or gap year student between the age of 14-18
Prague, Czech Republic
Early Admissions: 20 000 CZK / 785 EUR
Application deadline: 20 March 2020
Regular Admissions: 25 000 CZK / 980 EUR
Application deadline: 5 July 2020 (previously 5 June, extended due to COVID-19)
Founder of Design Disco, Jason is a Korean-Czech-American design educator based in Prague. He has hosted and led numerous workshops, panels, and public events all over the world to help people discover the relevance of design in their lives. For 3 years, Jason led the design program at the Riverside International School in Prague. Jason studied at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design and received his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the Architectural Institute of Prague. He is on his way to pursue a Master's degree at the Coop Design Research in Anhalt University of Applied Sciences and Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
Ani is a Serbian-Armenian architect and Design Disco's workshop director, successfully organizing over 50 workshops for international high school students. She has worked for various architecture firms in Czech Republic, focusing in small-scale architecture and interior design projects. Ani studied architecture at the Czech Technical University Faculty of Architecture and the Architectural Institute in Prague.
Jana is an industrial, exhibition, and graphic designer based in London. Growing up in the US, she’s lived and worked in several countries, primarily with non-profits. Jana develops our Design Disco Camp curriculum. She loves applying design thinking to find good solutions everywhere, always grounding her understanding in user experiences through deep empathy. Jana studied industrial design at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design.
Frequently Asked Questions
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How long is the Camp?
Camp duration is 3–15 August 2020.
Who can join?
High school or gap year students between ages 14-18 are eligible to participate.
What language is the program in?
Camp will be run entirely in English. However, we pride ourselves on our multicultural community and hail from many different countries.
Where will it take place?
It will take place in Prague, Czech Republic. Exact location will be announced soon. As part of the program, students will also be visiting various studios, sites, and workshops in Prague.
Do I need a background in design?
Absolutely not! Design Disco is open to anyone who wants to give it a try. Our goal is not to force students to become designers, but open-minded creative thinkers.
What will my day look like?
Your day will start at 10 am and end at 5 pm. Build days are expected to run a little longer. The program will vary from day to day, which will include studio time, discussions, engaging workshops, site visits, and guest speakers. There will also be downtime for you to reflect on what you have learned, socialize, and explore the city.
What is included in the tuition?
The all-inclusive fee covers: all materials needed for camp including a Design Disco sketchbook, daily lunch, Prague city transit pass, and firm visits.
Do you offer financial aid?
Financial aid is available on a need-based request. It will be considered separately from admissions and awarded based on the availability of funds and the merit of the applicant. Please note that not all requests for financial aid can be accommodated.
Will accommodation be covered?
Design Disco does not provide accommodation. However, we will be more than happy to assist you with finding the best options.
How do I apply?
You can fill out our online application by clicking the 'Apply Now' button below. Applications are reviewed until all spots are filled, so be sure to apply as soon as you can! Online interviews will be conducted with each applicant before final admission.
20 March 2020 for Early Admissions
5 July 2020 for Regular Admissions (previously 5 June, extended due to COVID-19)
When are admission decisions made?
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. After the online interview, applicants will be notified of decisions by email. Only completed applications will be reviewed.
With the COVID-19 measures lifting in Czech Republic, Design Disco Camp 2020 will proceed as planned. We are taking careful note of Czech governmental guidelines and will accommodate them accordingly, which may include slight modifications to the program.
What happens if Camp gets cancelled due to COVID-19?
We will immediately inform you if the summer camp cannot take place and issue a full refund. The student's acceptance will have the option to carry over to next year, so there will be no need to reapply for Camp 2021.
How big will the Camp be?
There will be a maximum of 15 students admitted. Proper sanitation precautions will be taken at all times.