Discover the communicative power of type, image, color and layout in this week-long exposure to graphic design. Throughout the week, teens will explore printed and interactive visual communication examples in Cooper Hewitt’s collection, interact with working designers, and work on several design projects.

This FREE 5-session summer workshop will begin on Monday, July 9 and end on Friday, July 13. Sessions run from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each afternoon. Students are required to attend all 5 sessions: Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm daily. Registration is open to rising 9th graders and current high school students in New York City.


Monday, July 9, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, July 10, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, July 11, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, July 12, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Friday, July 13, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Students are required to bring a completed parental consent form on the first day (7/9).


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DesignPrep is made possible by the generous support of the Altman Foundation, The Pinkerton Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation, and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and internal Smithsonian Institution funds from the Youth Access Grants Program.