Design Camp

About Design Camp

Summer Design Camp
Four one-week sessions for ages 6 – 11
One-week session for ages 12 – 13
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

Is your child a designer, tinkerer, or creative thinker? Cooper Hewitt Design Camp offers week-long immersions in the latest advances in design. Guest designers share their problem-solving strategies and engage campers in fun, real-life design challenges. Campers will receive special access to the museum’s permanent collection and enjoy exciting collaborations.


At Cooper Hewitt Design Camp, we equip students with the tools necessary to tackle age-appropriate challenges, work collaboratively, and think creatively.  Campers master a four-step design process—defining problems, generating ideas, prototyping/making, and testing/evaluating—through a series of fun exercises and design challenges.  Each project is carefully crafted to introduce children to design vocabulary, techniques, and processes unique to Cooper Hewitt and applicable to future school assignments and personal explorations.

Registration IS OPEN

To learn more about Design Camp, email

Cooper Hewitt members receive $50 off per camp session! Not a member yet?  Membership starts at $75 ($65 for students and seniors) and—in addition to a Design Camp discount— offers free admission to the museum, SHOP discounts, and much more. To become a member, call 212.849.8349.


Digital Storytellers | August 12 – 16, 2019

How are stories told in a digital world? Come find out during this week-long intensive at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Work firsthand with experts from Adobe to explore the suite of programs in the Adobe Creative Cloud and build digital literacy skills. From vector illustrations to bitmaps (photography) to time-based media (animation/video), young designers will learn how to use these tools to tell their own compelling story! Space is limited. Open to students entering grades 10 or 11 in September.

Tuition: Free

Application Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2019. To learn more about the application, contact

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