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Design Immersion Days (DID) is an immersive three-week summer program that introduces high school students to architecture and design. Students entering or continuing high school are eligible to register.

In light of the recent COVID-19, SCI-Arc is proud to announce that the DID program will be accessible to students worldwide through a new virtual platform. For summer 2020, DID has been reimagined as a three-week online program that introduces students to architecture as a lively, social, and collaborative experience that captures the collective spirit of DID.

The program will be hosted online through Zoom. Please see below for specific computer hardware and software requirements. Additional software costs may apply. Hardware loans will be available at no charge for students on a need basis.

Registration for Design Immersion Days is on a rolling basis until capacity is reached. Early registration is highly recommended to secure a place. The $1,250 nonrefundable registration fee is required to secure a place in the program.

Scholarship support is available for students whose family income qualifies them to receive financial aid. To apply for a scholarship, applicants must submit all required registration and scholarship materials no later than June 11, 2020.

All Design Immersion Days registrants must submit:

All students applying for a need-based DID Scholarship must also submit the following materials through SlideRoom:

  • Personal Statement
  • A letter stating financial need
  • Copy of High School Transcript showing GPA

The program will be hosted online through Zoom. Please see below for specific computer hardware and software requirements. Additional software costs may apply. Hardware loans will be available at no charge for students on a need basis.

Registration Process

Securing a position for Design Immersion Days is a two-step process:

  • Return Confirmation of Registration document and $1,250 registration fee.

DID Scholarship Application Process

Applying for a DID Scholarship is a two-step process:

The following materials must be submitted through SlideRoom:

  • Personal Statement
  • A letter stating financial need
  • Copy of High School Transcript showing GPA

Detailed Registration Requirements

Online Registration Form and Registration Fee

In order to register, students will need to fill out the Online Registration Form and submit the nonrefundable $25 application fee.

Detailed Scholarship Application Requirements

Personal Statement

The Design Immersion Days personal statement prompt is found in SlideRoom and the response must be submitted through SlideRoom. The personal statement is an opportunity for the admissions committee to gain insight into the registrant’s interests, motivations, and goals.

Letter Stating Financial Need

Students who are not able to submit a completed Counselor Recommendation Form must submit a letter from a parent/guardian stating financial need through SlideRoom. The letter should include family net income, number of dependents, and any additional information that will help us determine financial need.

Copy of High School Transcript

Registrants are required to provide a copy of their high school transcript showing their most recent grades. Unofficial high school transcripts must be submitted through SlideRoom.

Computer Requirements

Hardware

  • Laptop or desktop (PC or Mac)
    • Computer must have a minimum of 8GB of RAM and a minimum of 600MB of disk space. Please note that MacBook Air is not recommended.
  • Stable internet
  • Camera and microphone
  • This is standard on any laptop, but for those with desktops, it is important to have a webcam or equivalent.
  • Digital camera/smartphone
    • Students need a way to take digital photographs, either with a smartphone or a standalone digital camera.

Software

  • Students must load the following programs to their home computer. Please note that additional costs will apply.

    Adobe Creative Cloud – Free
    Rhinoceros 6 – Free
    Unity – Free

Hardware Loan Program

  • A limited number of laptops with all the required programs are available for students to borrow on a need basis.
  • A limited number of webcams are available for students to borrow on a need basis.

Confirmation of Registration

Students who register for DID will receive an email from the SCI-Arc Office of Admissions confirming their place in the DID program.

Students awarded a scholarship will receive an email from the SCI-Arc Office of Admissions informing the student if they have been awarded a scholarship and confirming their place in the DID program.

Design Immersion Days is generously supported U.S. Bank Foundation and Goodwin Family Memorial Trust, and recognized for its excellence at three levels of government — with support from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council.

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