Unfortunately, we plan to cancel our Design Discovery program again this year (2021) due to COVID. However, Kansas State University (our partner in Architectural Studies) is offering an online version. You can find out more at this link: https://apdesign.k-state.edu/academics/visit-opportunities/summer-design-experience.html.
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Please note that our program typically fills, with a waitlist, so don’t wait too long to enroll! See below for enrollment requirements. Payment ($125) 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 2020 SCHEDULE||DATE|
|SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE||MARCH 1|
|ENROLLMENT OPENS||CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19|
|ENROLLMENT CLOSES / LAST DAY TO CANCEL WITH REFUND||FRIDAY, MAY 22|
|CLASS DATES (9AM-3PM EACH DAY)||CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19|
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 email@example.com.
WHAT IS DESIGN DISCOVERY?
Kansas City Design Discovery is a three-day program for prospective students interested in the design professions of:
- Landscape Architecture
- Interior Architecture/Industrial 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. We will also tour 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
*Students who will be seniors, juniors or sophomores this fall. We’re happy to accommodate freshmen as space permits. Please email Prof. John Eck at firstname.lastname@example.org with the student’s name and contact information to be placed on a wait list. (It is rare that we have open spots however, so be sure to sign up for the mailing list at the top of this page to get in on future years!)
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. (You can buy your passes on the first day of class–come in and buy your tags, then go back out and hang one from your rear-view mirror.) We encourage you to buy three 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.) We also take walking tours 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 ($125) scholarships for this course. Here’s how to apply:
- In the body of an email (no attachments, please), write a one-page essay (about 500 words), telling us why you are interested in the design professions.
- At the top of the email, please include your name, address, current status (i.e. “Junior at X High School” or “Freshman at Z Community College” or “not currently enrolled”).
- Send the email, no later than March 1, to Prof. John Eck at email@example.com.
- You should receive a email confirming that it has been received. If not, please call Prof. Eck at 816.235.5245.
- By March 15th, you will receive an email saying if you have or have not received a scholarship. Be sure to check your email!
- If you receive a scholarship, you will be able to enroll on April 1 with the promo code included in the previous email. Don’t delay enrolling, as spots fill quickly.
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?
We will have online enrollment available
April 1. Revised due to CV to May 1. See this space for the link, and/or sign up for the mailing list and you’ll get a heads-up with the link!
If you have any questions about the course, please email Prof. John Eck at firstname.lastname@example.org.