Cooper-Hewitt’s DesignPrep is a series of free design-education programs that introduces New York City high-school students to collegiate and career opportunities in design. Participating students attend design workshops with professional designers, visit design colleges as well as designers’ studios, and engage in professional development.


Students from all over the city were invited to become DesignPrep Scholars, who will explore their creativity and critical-thinking skills through a range of techniques and media. Sophomore scholars attend Design Camp at North Carolina State University during the summer. Junior and senior scholars garner paid summer internships with high-profile designers in a variety of fields. Through these valuable experiences, Scholars will get a chance to work individually and collaboratively to broaden their understanding of the world around them. From over 100 applications received, six sophomores, six juniors, and six seniors were selected. Cooper-Hewitt’s Education department celebrated the incoming class of DesignPrep Scholars at a welcoming reception on January 24th. Congratulations to the 2012 DesignPrep Scholars! The Design Blog will showcase their projects and experiences. In the meantime, check out excerpts from the 2011 year-end presentations at Cooper-Hewitt where scholars talk about their favorite moments in the program.

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