Join other creative
students for
a week filled

with design


Inspire campers

Register early for a reduced rate

Day Session: June 20–24, 2016
Early Registration $425, due April 15
Registration $500

Overnight Session: June 19–24, 2016
Early Registration $1,000, due April 15
Registration $1,100
tuition includes all meals and lodging and additional design activities

Financial aid/Scholarships are available


















Explore design, experience college

During Inspire students engage in projects combining basic research tactics, brainstorming and creative thinking while they envision, innovate and experiment. Working in the disciplines of print design, three-dimensional design, interaction design, photography and illustration attendees collaborate with other creative students.

During this week-long college preparatory program students will:
· Work with nationally recognized faculty and select graduate instructors
· Have access to the School of Visual Communication facilities including our computer labs equipped with design software and the historic Type High Press
· Gain insight into college life, expectations and demands
· Meet and collaborate with other creative students
· Learn about future career opportunities from current design professionals
· Exhibit their work in a gallery reception for friends and family at the end of the week

Visual Communication Design at Kent State University is one of the largest and most comprehensive in its course offerings in the United States. The program is nationally recognized for outstanding quality in design education. Alumni work appears regularly in design exhibitions and in published annuals of regional, national and international competitions.

Inspire is for students who:
· have completed their freshman year of high school
· are 14–19 years of age during the program, including incoming college freshmen
· have an interest in design, photography, illustration and creative thinking
Note: We do not require a portfolio or school transcript

Day Session: June 20–24, 2016. Camp runs Monday–Friday, students must arrive between 8:45–9 am and be picked up between 5:00–5:30 pm.

Overnight Session: June 19–24, 2016. Check-in will be Sunday, June 19, 4–5 pm.

Inspire concludes Friday, June 24 with a gallery reception from 5–6 pm. Family and friends are invited to meet the staff and view the work done during the week.

Day Session Tuition: $500 / Early Registration Discount $425 (due April 15)
Overnight Session Tuition: $1,100 / Early Registration Discount $1,000 (due April 15)
*Incoming Kent State freshmen will receive an additional $25 off the tuition

Tuition covers cost of instruction, project supplies and activities. Overnight tuition includes lodging, meals, instruction, supplies and activities. A registration fee of $125 (part of the tuition total) is required. If a student cancels, $25 of the registration fee is nonrefundable. Due to staffing, housing and location arrangements and fees, if a student cancels after June 1, 2016 the entire registration fee ($125) is nonrefundable.

The remaining balance is due by June 1, 2016. Inspire is competitively priced with other design pre-college programs. Students interact with full-time faculty and graduate students of our program, experiencing first-hand what it is like to be a student in the School of Visual Communication Design. The program is a fantastic opportunity to prepare students for
their college future.

Overnight Information
While staying on campus, overnight campers participate in nightly design activities, eat at the dining halls and experience the life of a college student. During past overnight camps, students worked at Type High Press trying their hand at letterpress printing, experimented with night Photography and exposures during a light writing activity. Students also spent evening time at the Kent State Recreation Center.

Overnight participants are housed (double occupancy) in Kent State residence halls. Roommate requests can be noted on application, and we will do our best to accommodate requests. Counselors reside in the residence halls to supervise all activities. Sheets, a light blanket, pillows and a regular-size towel are provided with housing. It is a good idea to pack an additional blanket, larger towel or additional pillow. Meals will be provided along with snacks, however, if you wish to bring additional snacks or money, please pack accordingly.

Additional Information
All activities are group activities and are supervised by the staff. Campers will have limited supervised free time throughout the week. Most activities take place on Kent’s campus in the School of Visual Communication Design. Students will visit Kent’s downtown area, working at our student-run design facility Glyphix.

“I wanted to tell you what an impact the Inspire camp had on my son. He loved it and enjoyed all of the experiences with various media across the week and the interaction with other participants. Most importantly, we feel he was actually "Inspired". He wants to pursue graphic design at KSU which he fell in love with.”   
—Parent, Inspire attendee

Contact us

School of Visual Communication Design
231 Art Building
P.O. Box 5190
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242-001

Faculty Directors: Jillian Coorey, 330-672-9706, jcoorey@kent.edu
Gretchen Rinnert, 330-672-1416, grinnert@kent.edu
Email: inspire@kent.edu