DAAP for High School Students

DAAP for High School Students

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081511FASHION1.jpg"What do I want to be when I grow up?" is a difficult question for many high school students to answer with much certainty. But, with all the college prep courses and college applications due, they’re forced to choose a path.


One new program at University at Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) is designed to help these students navigate their way to a decision. Entitled DAAPcamp, this six-day camp targets rising sophomores, juniors and seniors and offers a realistic experience of what their first year will be like in the DAAP program.


DAAPcamp director Laurie Wilson says faculty created the curriculum to condense the first year of fashion, industrial design or graphic communication design instruction into 081511FASHION6.jpgsix days. There were 63 students total who participated this year, approximately 20 from each discipline. Wilson says students came from 11 different states, as far away as California.


"It’s amazing to have this pre-college experience," Wilson says. "They get to live as a student at UC and do the type of work they would do in that particular discipline."


Wilson says the DAAPcamp participants are given actual projects with demanding deadlines, which require long hours to compete. "They spend 18-hour-days completing the projects. It’s truly like 1209KROMBHOLZ.gifbeing a student," says Wilson. "And we tell them, ‘If this makes you crazy, this isn’t for you."


Wilson says the program includes taking a vintage field trip, learning how to dress the Victorian woman, accessories and leather workshop, as well as on-site training at Macy’s and Aveda Fredric’s Institute.


But it wasn’t all work and no play. Wilson says she took the students to a Reds game to get a Cincinnati experience. "But even at the Reds game, the students were so inspired and in the zone that several of them had out their sketch books," she says.


Wilson says they received resounding positive feedback from the first program. "We know that with this being the first one, the word will get out," she says. "We’re looking for more disciplines to be involved in the coming years."