Are you in high school or college and interested in one of the design fields . . . but don’t really know which one or what it entails? Here’s your chance to find out! Read on to find out more about our summer Design Discovery program.


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Please note that our program typically fills, with a waitlist, so don’t wait too long to enroll! Payment ($) is required at the time of enrollment, except for scholarship awardees. (Please check your schedules carefully to be sure these dates are open for you, prior to enrolling. There are no refunds after the date noted below.)

DESIGN DISCOVERY 2016 SCHEDULEDATE
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUEFRIDAY, MARCH 18
SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES NOTIFIEDFRIDAY, MARCH 25
ENROLLMENT BEGINS: INCOMING HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS & OLDER ONLYMONDAY, APRIL 4
ENROLLMENT BEGINS: INCOMING HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORES & OLDERMONDAY, APRIL 18
ENROLLMENT CLOSES / LAST DAY TO CANCEL WITH REFUNDFRIDAY, MAY 27 @ 4PM
WAITLIST NOTIFIED OF OPEN SPOTSMONDAY, MAY 30
WAITLIST ENROLLMENT CLOSESFRIDAY, JUNE 3 @ 4PM
CLASS DATES (9AM-3PM EACH DAY)MONDAY, JUNE 6 - THURSDAY, JUNE 9

Important: the following is a list of common questions about Design Discovery. We ask that the student participating carefully read all the information below, so that he or she can be fully prepared. If there is anything else you’d like to know, feel free to email Prof. John Eck at eckj@umkc.edu.

 

WHAT IS DESIGN DISCOVERY?

Kansas City Design Discovery is a four-day program for prospective students interested in the design professions of:

  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Interior Architecture/Product Design 
  • Urban Planning and Design

If you are considering studies in one of these design fields, this is your opportunity to find out more about what college and your eventual career might be like, as well as learning some great design fundamentals and design history. We’ll also cover how to prepare for college now, what to look for in a collegiate design program, and more about the design program at UMKC and our unique partnership with Kansas State University.

This non-credit course is modeled after a collegiate architectural design seminar: students learn about the design fields through simple design projects, slideshows and discussions. A portion of each day will be spent touring important design sites near our Kansas City campus. The class will meet from 9am-3pm each day, with a break for lunch on or near campus.


WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

This course is open to:

  • Students who have completed at least one year of high school*
  • Current college students
  • Returning or new college students

*We’re happy to accommodate students who have just completed 8th-grade as space permits. Just call the enrollment number below, give them your information (including your year in school) and ask to be put on the wait list.


WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?

If you fit the above criteria and are actively looking to make a decision about a potential career in one of the four fields listed above, this program will be a good fit. You should want to be here, in other words! To be honest, the program is intensive, and you’ll have a lot of new and interesting information thrown at you. If you’re engaged and motivated, you’ll love it and get a lot out of it.

However, if your interest in these careers is still at a minor level, we recommend that you start with a campus visit and tour instead. (Be sure to indicate on the form that you’re interested in either Architectural Studies or Urban Planning and Design, or both.)

Important: Please note that this program is conducted like a college course: students are not supervised before or after class, or over lunch break. Responsible, mature behavior is assumed and expected.


ARE ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING THE SAME THING?

We get this a lot. The two professions certainly work together to make a building happen, but they are most definitely not the same. You can (and should) google any number of excellent articles about the difference, but in a nutshell: architecture tends to be more of a right-brain, artistic, creative profession*, and engineering is more of a left-brain, mathematical, technical profession. We won’t really address engineering in this program, other than to help clarify the differences between the two professions. A great place to learn more about becoming an architect: www.ncarb.org and www.naab.org.

*If you’ve always thought you were interested in architecture, but you panicked reading this, thinking “I’m not artistic or creative!” . . . don’t count yourself out just yet. Creativity is a skill that can be developed; you might just not have had cause to to do that yet. You might, and probably will, surprise yourself.


IS THE PROGRAM ONLY FOR STUDENTS CONSIDERING UMKC AND/OR KSU?

No, but as you would probably expect, we will be talking about design education within the context of how students are taught at UMKC and Kansas State University. Our programs are routinely highly ranked nationally, so we feel pretty good about our curriculum! But if you already know you’ll be attending another university, we would certainly recommend seeing what summer programs they offer, so you’re getting the most accurate and relevant information about the program you’re joining.

Good News: Worried about paying out-of-state tuition? We don’t blame you. Check out this link for the good news. Scroll down to “Metro Rate” and “Missouri Reciprocal Tuition Agreement”.


I’VE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO YOUR PROGRAM* FOR FALL! SHOULD I TAKE THIS COURSE TO GET READY?

If you’ve already decided to join us in fall: welcome! But to be honest, Design Discovery is very similar to a course you’ll take in Fall called Survey of the Design Professions. It’s probably better to leave Design Discovery seats open to students who are still mulling over their career decisions. However, as space permits, we’re happy to have you. Just call the enrollment number below, explain that you’re joining us in fall and would like to be put on the wait list.*

*This applies to students accepted into the UMKC AUP+D program, and those accepted into Kansas State University’s architecture program.


WHERE IS THE PROGRAM HELD?

Kansas City Design Discovery will take place at Katz Hall, Room 101 (5005 Rockhill Road), on the campus of the University of Missouri, Kansas City.


WHERE SHOULD I PARK DURING THE PROGRAM?

Parking passes can be purchased in our front office (Katz 109) for $5/day, cash only. We encourage you to buy four days worth at once to reduce standing in line, but we’re happy to reimburse you for any unused permits at the end of the program. Limited free curb parking is also available. You can find a campus/parking map here.


I’M FROM OUT OF TOWN. IS THERE A PLACE I CAN STAY?

There are quite a few hotels handy to campus. Click here, and be sure to ask if they have special rates for UMKC visitors–most do. One of the  nearest and best-priced is the Best Western Seville on Main Street. (We typically do not offer dorm stays, as they are complicated to arrange for small groups, and of no particular savings compared to the Best Western.) If you’re considering UMKC and would like to find out more about the dorms, you can click here.


DO WE SIT IN A CLASSROOM ALL DAY?

No, but we do spend several hours a day in one, listening to and having Q&A’s with professional designers. We also have a few talks about design fundamentals and design history. Then we get into the design studio and do several exercises (drawing, simple model-building, etc.) Every afternoon is spent on a walking tour around campus, to Kauffman Gardens and to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. We stay busy and we move pretty fast, so again: you need to be engaged and motivated to learn.

Important: Part of each day is spent outdoors on a walking tour. The longest walk, to the Nelson Atkins Museum, is about 1.5 miles roundtrip. If you think you might have physical difficulty with this, please let us know so we can make accommodations.


DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING?

A pencil, something to take notes in, plenty of questions and the willingness and motivation to engage in the program. No prior experience is necessary!


HOW WILL WE STAY IN TOUCH WITH EACH OTHER?

EMAIL. When enrolling, please be sure to provide an email that is checked regularly. This is how we will pass on course updates or handy info. This is very, very important. We always have a student (or two) that never checks email and has much resulting confusion. Don’t let that be you!

It’s also a good way for you to tell us anything we need to know (running late, absences, etc.)


ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?

We have a limited supply of full-tuition scholarships for this course. Here’s  how to apply:

  1. In an email, write a one-page essay (about 500 words), telling us why you are interested in the design professions.
  2. At the top of the essay, please include your name, address, current status (i.e. “Junior at X High School” or “Freshman at Z Community College” or “not currently enrolled”).
  3. Send the email to Prof. John Eck at eckj@umkc.edu.
  4. You should receive a email confirming that it has been received. If not, please call Prof. Eck at 816.235.5245.
  5. If you receive a scholarship, you will be notified by the date noted in the table above, “auto-enrolled”, and we will pay the tuition amount directly to the enrollment department. No other action is required on your part, unless you decide to cancel, which you can do at Prof. Eck’s email above.

Following these steps is very important as it ensures your place in the program and gives us a means of double-checking that your materials were received. Please note that scholarship covers only tuition, not parking or lunches.


HOW DO I ENROLL?

There are three ways to register. Course fees ($) may be paid by check, VISA, MasterCard or Discover.  Checks may be made payable to the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Important note: see the table at the top of this page for dates when registration begins. Please do not enroll or ask for waitlist until the enrollment dates begin. If you’re concerned about missing dates, just sign up for the mailing list at the top of this page–we’ll send out a heads-up!

By Mail
Mail a note with your class request (“KSU/UMKC Design Discovery Program”), name, phone number, email and class status (sophomore, junior, senior, college, not enrolled) and payment to:
Arts and Sciences Continuing Education
University of Missouri – Kansas City
5300 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Mo. 64110 – 2499

By Telephone
Call 816-235-2736, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  We accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover.  People with speech or hearing impairments can use Relay Missouri, 1-800-735-2966 (TT) or 1-800-735-2466 (voice). Please be sure to leave your name, phone number, email and class status (sophomore, junior, senior, college, not enrolled).

In Person
Stop by the Volker campus office 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  A&S Continuing Education is located at 5300 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo. on the first floor. Please be sure to leave your name, phone number, email and class status (sophomore, junior, senior, college, not enrolled) with payment.

Important: Before enrolling/paying, please check your schedule carefully to ensure you have no conflicts with sports camps, vacations, jobs, etc. Please note the no-refunds deadline in the table at the top of this page.


If  you have any questions about the course, please email Prof. John Eck at eckj@umkc.edu