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Interior Design Summer Camp: iDesign

Interior Design Summer Camp: iDesign

The Department of Interior Design in the College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University offers a five-day, four-night residential summer workshop, iDesign, to provide a glimpse into the role and impact of design and creativity involved in the field of interior design.

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Next Camp: Summer 2023

Design strategies and projects will be developed in a positive atmosphere to help students understand both the challenges and opportunities afforded by careers in design fields.

The idesign experience will simulate a microcosm of college life, including specific coursework in several disciplines from design psychology to model building; typical college experiences such as eating in the campus cafeteria and walking the campus; and discussions on how to succeed in the college atmosphere.

Students will be introduced to structured experiences that systematically engage them in a design process through “making – testing – critiquing – and then remaking again”. We actively encourage experimentation and a willingness to try new things as each student creates their own path of experiences to a realization that “idesign”.


iDesign is open to high school students (16 and up) and incoming college freshmen.

Application and Cost

The total cost of the workshop is $700. This includes a non-refundable application fee of $100, which must be included at the time of registration. Upon notification of acceptance to the iDesign camp, the remaining $600 fee is due by May 15.

If for some unforeseen reason, you need to cancel your attendance, you will receive 100% of your $600 prior to May 15 and 50% prior to May 31. No refund will be available after May 31.

Cost Includes: Instruction by MSU faculty and counselors, a t-shirt, supplies throughout the week, room + board in MSU residence hall dorm rooms and university fees for health services, equipment, facilities and libraries.

Email me when registration opens for summer 2023.

Camp Topics

Interior Design 101

Students will explore the different types of careers available with an interior design degree and how design majors in college and beyond spend their time. Additionally, we will learn to read and draw floor plans.

Living Spaces

Students will recognize and apply principles and elements of design to a residential project. Students will select inspiration images, design the space, and build a physical model of their design.

Sketches and Perspectives

Students will apply freehand sketching and perspective drawing to understand the built environment and to propose new designs for that environment.

Lighting Design

Students will explore the importance of natural and artificial light for physical and psychological health. Students will complete a hands-on lighting activity and use the Mississippi State University Lighting Application Center to investigate lighting effects.

Rendering Techniques

Students will learn how to render with markers and pencils using a quick and fun method. Students will take their created sketches and perspectives and add color and texture.

Exhibit Design and Preparation

As students create design artifacts throughout the week, the group will create a student work exhibit to share with family and friends.

Camp Galleries

iDesign 2022

iDesign 2018


Amy Crumpton, Associate Professor
Interior Design Program

Download the 2022 camp brochure