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Your Path to Becoming a Graphic Designer: Summer Design Camp To Be Held at Ohio Northern University

November—Graphic design is the art of visualizing ideas. It is everywhere, touching everything we do, everything we see and everything we buy. For high school students wanting to know what goes on in design school, here is your opportunity to learn about the challenging field of graphic design.

Design: Think. Know. Do. is a one-week intensive design camp at Ohio Northern University. The camp is being offered through the Summer Honors Institute program for high school students who are entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior years in the 2012–2013 academic year.

Design Camp will embark on an exciting journey to explore the fundamentals of visual communication. This year’s summer camp will investigate how graphic designers can use their skills and knowledge to draw attention to—and invoke a solution to—the problem of urban decay. Working on the final project called the “Grafik Intervention,” students will use digital projections to engage the local public through visually dynamic and compelling communication methods. The projections will be designed to provide historical information in an urban context on buildings after dark. Through the use of projected visuals and real-time discussions, printed questionnaires will be used to elicit information from the general public as they walk, ride or drive by the case study building(s).

The design camp also will inform students about careers in design and raise awareness of the impact of art and design through a series of week-long projects. The assignments will challenge students to explore their creativity and critical thinking skills while pushing them to try a range of techniques. The exploration of the design process also will teach students to question, make choices, generate possible solutions, work collaboratively and ultimately broaden their understanding of the world around them.

Expressing the importance of the design process, Prof. Brit Rowe explained, “Morning sessions will be devoted to a series of short presentations and exercises intended to foster a sense of community and common purpose among students. And generally the afternoon sessions will be spent working in teams on the project that examines design and the value of design.”

In addition to graphic design, architecture, environmental design, landscape architecture, interior design and industrial design will be addressed during morning sessions to introduce students to the education, career paths and professional practices of other major design fields. “Design Camp will inform students about college study in design and will raise awareness of the impact of art and design through a series of weeklong activities,” said Rowe.

During last year’s Design SHI Camp, Rowe taught an interdisciplinary design course which focused on the design of a sustainability program for a local community. “Every year we undertake a new challenge,” said Rowe. “So students can participate in multiple years.”

To see students from last year’s camp, visit the 2009 photo album.

“Every year our camp participants say that one of the best aspects of Design Camp is our wonderful and energetic staff,” continued Rowe. “Our camp counselors are all undergraduate students at the Department of Art & Design. They are the best possible ambassadors for their design discipline and are eager to share their knowledge about design with camp participants.”

To be eligible to attend Ohio Northern University’s Summer Honors Institute and the Design Camp, a student must:
• Reside in Ohio;
• Be entering the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade during the 2012-2013 school year.

The Ohio Northern Summer Honors Institute is an academic summer program funded by the Jennings Foundation. Through the grant, Ohio Northern is able to offer many other camps, including the Design Camp.

The cost of ONU’s residential camp is about $350 per week. A few scholarships are available for financial assistance to cover the camp fee. Space in the Summer Honors Institute is limited. Registration deadline is May 11. To register and for other detailed information regarding Ohio Northern’s Summer Honors Institute, visit the institute’s Web site.

The 2010–11 year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bachelor of Arts degree in art at Ohio Northern University. Growing from a single-discipline school, the department offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensions, three-dimensions and art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is also recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2010-11 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.