Camp

Design it — Build it!

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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3—15 August 2020
Prague, Czech Republic 

Application deadline: 
20 March 2020 for Early Admissions
5 June 2020 for Regular Admissions
 

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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.

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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!

Individual guidance

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!

 

Dates
3–15 August 2020

Age
High school or gap year student between the age of 14-18

Location
Prague, Czech Republic

Tuition
Early Admissions: 20 000 CZK / 785 EUR
Application deadline: 20 March 2020

Regular Admissions: 25 000 CZK / 980 EUR 
Application deadline: 5 June 2020

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2019 Instructors

Jason is a design educator and an avid Instagrammer.  His obsession for design began when he went to the summer program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design as a teenager, where he later returned to teach. Jason studied at Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design and the Architectural Institute in Prague and now leads the design program at Riverside School in Prague. 

Karina is a Russian born architect and graphic designer. After studying architecture in San Francisco and Prague, she received her bachelors of architecture from the Architectural Institute in Prague in 2017. Her self motivation and passion for creating, have lead her to gain experience in many areas, including graphic design and product design. She cares deeply about the beauty of the world.

Kasimir is from New York City and studied architecture at the Architectural Institute in Prague. He currently works at Collarch Studio as an architectural designer. His passion for teaching design, stems from a deep belief that every single person is immensely creative and imaginative, they just do not know it yet. You can always be sure to hear a deep philosophical conversation when he is around.

2019 Guest Speakers

Osamu is the architect, the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Architecture at the Technical university of Liberec, the chair of the Commission for Public Art of the City of Prague Council, curator of the Shared Cites: Creative Momentum project, a member of the Board of Directors of the Czech Architecture Foundation, a member of the Commission for Urban Planning, Architecture and Public Space of Prague 7 District Council and the official nominator of European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award – for the Czech Republic.

David Karásek is an award winning designer and co-founder of mmcite. David stands behind research & design development and marketing communications of mmcite as well as manages international business development. He serves as a lecturer and visiting critic on design juries.

Sean Clifton is an architect and director of Jestico+Whiles. Currently Sean is leading on the Zuri Zanzibar resort in Tanzania which will be opening its doors in 2018. Won through an international competition, the design combines global design flair with local materials, expertise and craftsmanship, whilst being both ecologically and socially responsive. Having completed many award-winning international architectural and interior design commissions, Sean has particularly broad international skills and experience for projects over a broad range of size and complexity.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have other questions that is not listed below, please contact camp@designdisco.org.

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. 

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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. 

Application deadlines: 
20 March 2020 for Early Admissions
5 June 2020 for Regular Admissions

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. 

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