Pre-college 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 at least 15 years old and entering into their freshman year of high school by the Fall of the year they plan to attend the program (e.g. Fall 2018 for Summer 2018 program).

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. Today’s designers combine art, technology, and science to develop products that not only look good but also address twenty first century needs. Participants will experience how it feels to be a designer working on the forefront of these emerging practices and how they relate to challenges of our contemporary environment. The workshop will introduce the concept of design thinking, a process the will take you from brainstorming, to developing, to prototyping, to “pitching” your creations. Workshop participants will get an opportunity to learn about new trends in personal fabrication through the use of state-of-the-art additive and subtractive digital tools and equipment. The workshop will also provide participants with 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
A collaboration between the College of Architecture and Design and the College of Computing Sciences, this program will teach coding and digital design principles to develop video games for mobile and desktop platforms.  Students will study on the various techniques and concepts of digital asset creation for game development. 

Virtual Reality Design and Development
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.


  • Activities are organized around group meals with students, faculty and professionals in a variety of settings.
  • 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.
  • Field trips may be organized to explore local design and culture in and around NYC.



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