High School Summer Programs

​​Summer Architecture + Design

The College of Architecture and Design offers residential summer programs in a state-of-the-art university setting for exceptional high school students interested in architecture, digital design, industrial design, and interior design. The programs offer a week of design exploration on a variety of scales organized around an introduction to each discipline.  The College has offered summer programs for over a decade and draws future designers from across the United States and Europe. Alumni of the program have gone on to study design and architecture at prestigious universities with many now employed in top design firms.  Eligible students must be 15 years old or entering into their freshman year of high school by the Fall of the year they plan to attend the program. (eg. If your child is 14 and entering their freshman year of high school, he/she is eligible.)

  • Students sample college life by staying on campus in a co-ed dormitory, where they are accompanied by male and female chaperones made up of NJIT faculty and students.
  • Each program is devised to give students a basic understanding of design using state of the art technology and cutting edge methods.
  • Field trips may be organized to explore local design and culture in and around NYC.

​​Program Descriptions

Architecture + Interiors

Students will work toward a design project with an emphasis on "making" - both by physical and analog means. It will be an introduction to the concepts and techniques of the disciplines of architecture and architectural interiors. Students will use a variety of digital modeling and fabrication methods to explore contemporary ideas of space and form.  They will take a field trip to New York City and engage with contemporary architecture and design. At the end of the week long intensive, the students will present their design projects to their peers and the faculty. 

Design + Make

Be both artist and engineer by making beautiful things that work. This hands-on program will expose you to the various physical and digital media, design methods and state-of-the-art fabrication tools that will bring to life your own unique and functioning products. Learn the concept of design thinking, a process the will take you from brainstorming, to developing, to prototyping, to “pitching” your creations. The session will also provide an opportunity to learn software that will be instrumental in the use of digital fabrication technologies. Participants will work hands-on with a “smart” material – a shape memory alloy – that acts as an artificial muscle to create kinetic assemblies. Digital scanning techniques will be introduced as a means of bringing the physical world into the digital world and laser cutting, 3D printing and CNC cutting as a way of bringing the digital world into the physical world.

Video Game Design

“Design and make a platformer computer game!”  Learn game design principles developing a video game for mobile phones and desktop computers.  Students will study the techniques and concepts of digital asset creation and introductory game design programming in Unity3D.

Virtual Reality 

“Play, learn and make in VR technology!”  Introduction to Virtual Reality Design and Development. Students will design original VR experiences and showcase them on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive Headsets in our Virtual Reality Lab.

Graphic Design (new!)

“Learn about typefaces, poster design and printing!”  Students will use our state of the art facilities to learn the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite of graphic design tools. Short projects through the week will teach the basics of typography and layout for posters and book design!

Motion Capture Workshop (new!)

This 2-day workshop takes place in our Vicon 12 camera motion capture lab! Don a Mocap suit and strut your stuff, or help run the motion capture software. After we capture our performances we will spend a day assigning motions and movements to 3d characters in Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya. Students leave with a short rendered film from the 3d motions captured in class!

3D Printing Workshop (new!)

Take an idea and realize through our lab of UltiMaker 3D printers! This 3-day workshop will teach 3D modeling techniques using Autodesk 3D Studio Max and Autodesk Mudbox software. Students will end the workshop sending their model to be printed in plastic.

Click here to go to the Dates, Pricing and Registration page. Registration begins January 31.


If you require more information regarding program details, registration, or other inquiries contact us at coadsummer@njit.edu.


Summer Pre-College 2017 Week 1