VCD Invites High School Students for Overnight Creative Camp

Anne Dudley Published:

The School of Visual Communication Design (VCD) is sponsoring its second summer creative camp, known as the Inspire Creative Camp, for 14-19 year-old students from June 16-21 at Kent State University. The five-day camp is geared at exploring graphic design, illustration, photography and stop-motion graphics, and allows students to build a full portfolio of creative work. This summer, students have the option of staying overnight, allowing interested participants from across the country to attend, and even more time for design activities.

Inspire serves as a pre-college experience preparing youth 
for college life, expectations and demands.

Enriching students’ lives through design is part of the camp’s mission. “Camp attendees are educated about design by providing a space for experimentation and an introduction to the practice of design, the profession and creative 
problem solving,” according to the camp’s website. “Our camp is designed to foster creativity, encouraging students to "spread their wings" in a learning-centered, collaborative 
and fun environment.”

Assistant Professors of VCD Jillian Coorey and Gretchen Rinnert lead the camp, which culminates with a show to display student work for family and friends on Friday, June 21 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Each day, the projects that students complete, and the associated learning objectives, focus on one area of visual design, photography, motion or illustration. So, students get a full day to explore and innovate on areas such as printmaking or 2D and 3D graphic design. Students build their creative skills while engaging with current design students and professionals.

"Being able to have creative freedom with the projects and learning about different ways 
I could use design in a job field later on," one camper said was his favorite part.

Last year, the theme of the camp’s projects was the alphabet. While working on 3D graphic design, students took a wayfinding walk through campus and used the experience as inspiration for creating 3D letterforms, as seen below. See more student work on the website.

Overnight campers will get an even closer look into what living on a college campus is like. Camp evenings will be spent exploring campus and delving deeper into design through more creative activities.

Guest speakers and instructors help students envision what a career in design, photography or a creative field would be like. The breadth of work produced by campers can build a well-rounded portfolio of their work for use in college applications or job credentials.

“I wanted to tell you what an impact the Inspire camp had on my son,” one parent said. “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.”

Questions and inquiries can be directed to Jillian Coorey (jcoorey@kent.edu) or Gretchen Rinnert (grinnert@kent.edu). The application can be found online at vcd.kent.edu/inspire

The School of Visual Communication Design is one of four schools that comprise the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. The mission of the College of Communication and Information is to educate students to meet their individual goals as well as the needs of society. Education at the undergraduate and graduate levels promotes the development and application of theoretical foundations and creative experiences through interaction with a dedicated faculty of scholars and professionals.

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