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Design Discovery

Design Discovery

 
 
The Design Discovery program is an intensive weeklong program held at the University 
of Kentucky College of Design. The program is open to high school students who will be juniors 
and seniors in the fall semester of 2014. Graduating seniors who have been admitted to the 
University of Kentucky (including the College of Design) and would like to get a head start on 
design concepts and skills are also encouraged to attend. 
 
The goal of the program is to explore the many facets of design education. A major emphasis will 
be placed on the foundational experience of an intensive design studio, where individual 
education is enhanced and nurtured in a collective environment. Participants will be challenged 
to think creatively, analyze design, and present their work to peers and professionals. 
 
Over the course of the week, participants will take part in a variety of events on and off campus 
(from morning till evening), including lectures, field trips, office visits, and workshops. Events are 
structured to broaden the participant’s understanding of the design professions, and serve as an 
introduction to design thinking, problem solving, the Lexington community, and the University of 
Kentucky. 
 
When 
July 13-19, 2014 
 
Typical Daily Schedule 
8-9 Breakfast 
9-12 Workshop, Field Trip, or Tour 
12-1 Lecture, or Discussion 
1-2 Lunch 
2-6 Studio or Field Trip 
 
Where 
While on campus all events related to the Design Discovery will take place in 
Pence Hall and the Funkhouser Building, in the heart of the University of Kentucky’s central 
campus. Off campus events will take place in and around Lexington, including regional cities. 
 
Housing 
Participants will stay in a University of Kentucky dormitory, just a short walk from daily activities. 
(housing is included in tuition). Participants will share a room with another Summer Career 
Discovery participant. Typical dorm rooms are furnished with two twin beds, two desks, two 
chairs, a chest of drawers and a trashcan. The dorm rooms do not have activated phone lines, 
however there are phones available at the dormitory’s front desk and the College of Design. 
 University of Kentucky dormitories have 24-hour front desk coveragewhere attendants provide 
information and security. In addition, participants will be supervised by a chaperonewhowill 
reside in the dorm. Male and female participants are housed on different floors of the building. 
Linens and laundry facilities are provided. Wireless Internet is available on much of UK’s campus, 
including Pence Hall. 
 
Meals 
Breakfast and lunch are included in the program tuition, as well as snacks and beverages during daily activities. Dietary restrictions 
will be accommodated, please make sure to note these considerations on the consent form. For dinner, participants are encouraged to partake in the many dining choices on and around campus.
 
Admission 
Admission into the Design Discovery Program is regulated through a selective admission 
procedure. Participants are selected according to the merit of their cumulative GPA, the quality of 
their statement of interest, and the strength of their recommendations (see application for 
directions). 
 
Upon acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay a $1200 tuition fee (unless you 
have been awarded a scholarship) that will cover all program costs including tuition, housing, 
food, and tours. Upon receipt of the tuition fee you will be mailed a packet with additional details 
about the program, and release forms. 
 
Tuition fees can be made by certified check or money order made payable to the University of 
Kentucky (please be sure that the participant’s name is written on the check), or you can pay 
online with a credit card at using the links above.
 
Please note, there are no grades or college credit offered through this program. 
 
Questions? Email Program Director Regina Summers at designdiscovery@uky.edu.