Whitney Hale


College: Design

UK Design to Hold Career Discovery Program for Teens

Published: Feb 8, 2013

Images from the first session of the 2012 Summer Career Discovery Program at UK COD.

Play the video above to see images from the 2012 Summer Career Discovery Program. Video courtesy of UK College of Design.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 8, 2013) — High school students will get the opportunity to explore careers in design through the Summer Career Discovery Program, an intensive two-week program being presented by the University of Kentucky College of Design from July 14-26. The program, open to rising high school juniors and seniors, will introduce students to the depth, breadth and rigor of a design education, including the study of architecture and interior design. Graduating seniors who have been admitted to UK (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 Summer Career Discovery 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 two weeks, participants will take part in a variety of events on and off campus, including lectures, field trips, office visits and workshops. Events are structured to broaden the participants' understanding of design professions, and serve as an introduction to design thinking and problem solving.


"The importance for high school students is that it gives them the opportunity to get a firsthand experience of what pursuing a degree program like architecture or interior design might be like," said Martin Summers, who co-directs the program with Regina Summers. "If we can give a sense over a two-week period of what the profession as a whole has to offer, then the students can make a personally informed decision about whether or not this is the field of study that is correct in their particular case."


The Summer Career Discovery Program is also being used to help illustrate to prospective students what they can expect from college life, and to help prepare them for their future careers.


"They will be living in dorms during the program and coming to and from school, so they will get a feel of what life at UK will be like if they decide to return in the future," Regina Summers said. "We hope that the students who participate in the program, will decide they would like to apply to the school, and will already have some sense of the expectations and concepts. This would allow first-year teachers to get farther with the students than ever before, and increasing the skill level earlier should translate into better students at all levels of the college over time."


A typical day for students will begin at 8 a.m. and will end at approximately 9 p.m. During this time there will be lectures, workshops, time in the studio, films and even field trips depending on the agenda for that day. Meals will be catered for the entire program (cost is included in tuition).


Admission into the Summer Career Discovery Program is regulated through a selective admission process. Students will be 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).


A limited number of scholarships are available to participants based on a combination of factors including academic merit, creative accomplishment, financial need, and diversity of background. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, applicants should attach an essay that describes how this scholarship will further your interest in the field of design (250 words or less). Applicant name and address must be included on the essay.


Applications, statements, recommendations and scholarship essays for the Summer Career Discovery Program must be mailed to UK College of Design by June 3. Those admitted into the program will be required to pay a $1,800 tuition fee. This fee includes the cost of housing and meals. After the fee is processed, applicants will receive forms for parental consent and a packet with additional details about the program.


While on campus, most events related to the Summer Career Discovery Program will take place in Pence Hall, in the heart of UK’s central campus. Participants will stay in a university residence hall and be housed with a roommate who is also participating in the program. Within the residence hall, current students of the college will serve as resident advisers who will provide a peer level discussion of what it is like to transition from high school to UK and the College of Design. Off campus events will take place in and around Lexington, including regional cities.


UK School of Architecture faculty members and Kentucky natives Martin and Regina Summers will facilitate the program. Martin received his bachelor's degree in architecture from UK and a master's degree in architecture from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He served as a senior project designer at Morphosis Architects in Los Angeles for more than 10 years. Martin has 17 years of experience in a variety of project types and scales, from small interior renovations to large-scale master planning. He has worked through all phases of projects with an emphasis on design and façade development. Martin was recently hired as an assistant professor of architecture.


Regina also received a bachelor's degree in architecture from UK and master's degree in architecture from UCLA, where she attended on a full tuition scholarship and a departmental award. She designs fabric based products using the techniques and technology of contemporary architectural design and is currently a first year studio instructor in the UK College of Design.


For more information on UK College of Design's Summer Career Discovery Program, visit the college website at www.uky.edu/design/index.php/info/category/summer_career_discovery_program, or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/UKCoD.SCDP.



Play the video above to see images from the 2012 Summer Career Discovery Program. Video courtesy of UK College of Design.




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, (859) 257-8716 or whitney.hale@uky.edu




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