Mount Ida’s Design Week Introduces High School Students to College-Level Design Coursework

July 2014 – Mount Ida College welcomed 30 rising high school juniors and seniors to campus July 13-July 18 for a weeklong immersion into college-level design studies. Students lived on campus to get a taste of college life while they explored personalized design interests and developed skills under the tutelage of expert Mount Ida School of Design faculty.

“We were thrilled to welcome and host his group of talented and energetic students during  Mount Ida’s first ever Design Week” says Jason Donati, Dean of Mount Ida’s School of Design. “It is a profound experience to engage at the High School level with expert designers and other students who introduce diverse perspectives and new ways of thinking and practicing.”


Throughout the week, students took full advantage of both our campus studio facilities and nearby Boston, well-known for its world-class art. Each day, design faculty would host engaging and informative lectures, in addition to a series of hands-on, career-focused design workshops. Students selected workshops from the following design fields: game art and digital visualization, fashion design, fashion merchandising and marketing, graphic design, interior design, or commercial photography. In the evenings, they enjoyed a guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, dinner at famed Italian restaurant Maggiano’s and a performance of the Broadway production “Shear Madness.”

With full access to Mount Ida’s design studios and state of-the-art technologies, students created their own design portfolios from concept to completion.  Frances Metzger, a rising senior at Cherokee High School in Marlton, NJ noted that the week was the “perfect balance of having fun and developing valuable design skills.” It was also an opportunity to connect with likeminded peers who share an interest in design and to create portfolio for a future career or college applications.

“I got started on a strong portfolio for applying to college while at Design Week,” said Emma Pereira, a rising senior at Mount Saint Charles Academy in Woonsocket, RI. “I created a full fashion merchandising business plan and had access to expert instructors to guide me along the way. This experience will give me a leg up when I apply to college this year.”

Mount Ida College offers leading undergraduate design programs in animation, game art, digital visualization, fashion design, fashion merchandising and marketing, graphic design, interior design, and commercial photography. To learn more, please visit our undergraduate majors page.