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Envision, Innovate and Explore Design This Summer

Posted May 5, 2014
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Students explore graphic design, illustration, photography,
Web design and more at the the Kent State University
School of Visual Communication Design's Inspire summer
camp.The weeklong pre-college experience will run from
July 27 to Aug. 1

Kent State University’s School of Visual Communication Design will host a weeklong pre-college experience, July 27 to Aug. 1 where participants can explore graphic design, illustration, photography, Web design, interaction and motion. Camp attendees will get an introduction to the practice of design, the profession and creative problem solving, as well as to faculty and administrators on the Kent Campus.

Throughout the week, projects will focus on various areas of design, allowing campers to foster creativity in a fun, collaborative and learning-centered environment. Participants will build their creative skills while engaging with current design students and professionals.

The Inspire Camp is for high school and incoming college students interested in pursuing a degree in design. Students have the option of staying overnight in campus residence halls and participating in additional design activities. Jillian Coorey and Gretchen Rinnert, assistant professors in Kent State’s School of Visual Communication Design, direct the camp, which culminates with a show to display student work for friends and family.

This camp is not required for students entering the School of Visual Communication Design, but is an opportunity to get a head start and an introduction to design in the college atmosphere. Incoming Kent State college freshmen will receive a $100 scholarship off the Inspire tuition to attend camp.

Last year, campers said they valued:

  • "Being able to learn about all the different career paths in visual communication design. I also liked how different people came in to speak about their careers in design.”
  • "I honestly loved everything, but hearing the designers/students talk to us really made me want to be a designer."
  • "Being able to have creative freedom with the projects and learning about different ways I could use design in a job field later on."

For more information and pricing, visit or download the camp's brochure. Email with questions.