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
July 13-19, 2014
Typical Daily Schedule
9-12 Workshop, Field Trip, or Tour
12-1 Lecture, or Discussion
2-6 Studio or Field Trip
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.
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.
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 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.