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Pre-College Summer Programs

Graphic and Interactive Design Workshop

Embark on an exploration of the Graphic and Interactive Design realm by delving into the intricacies of designing posters, websites, apps and animations — the very elements that capture your attention. Participants will gain hands-on experience in creating a diverse range of projects, from printed posters and banner animations to apps, websites and more.

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Wonder how posters and web sites are designed? When you are on your favorite app, ever wonder on how they do it? How do graphic designers create websites, apps and animations? They took their creativity and knowledge of technology to bring their unique vision to life.

This 1-week program will introduce you to the world of digital and print design. Student will learn from industry professionals the design process from understanding your audience and ideation methods to prototyping and implementation. 

At the end of this program, you’ll walk away with:
  • Knowledge of digital and print design methods, tools and techniques employed by graphic designers

  • Understanding of how to craft visuals that connect and resonate with target audiences

  • Hands-on experience creating graphic designs alongside industry professionals

Program Dates

July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Sample Daily Schedule: This is only a sample schedule and is subject to change due to a variety of factors.

Time Activity Detail

9 a.m.

Daily Lesson

Introduction to the day’s theme: static and moving image theory, skills, techniques and professional examples.

11 a.m.

Web Images, Formats and Basics in Adobe Photoshop

Practice and apply what you have learned in a 30-minute GIF animation challenge.

11:30 a.m.

GIF Animation Review

Individual, peer or group review of the results of the morning’s photos.



Eat and socialize with your classmates.

1 p.m.

Campus Photography and QU GIF creation

90-minute individual or group photo shoot based on the day’s theme, skills or technique.

2:30 p.m.

QU GIF Animation Review

Individual, peer or group review of the results of the afternoon’s photos.

3 p.m.

Process and Edit Your Work

Now is your chance to add the final touches and edit your GIF animation with instructor support.

4 p.m.

End-of-Day Review and Debrief Meeting

A chance to reflect and discuss the day as well as look to the days ahead.

4:30 p.m.

Day Program Ends

Dismissal for commuter students.

5 p.m.


Dinner will be provided for those students with full room and board.

6 p.m.

Evening Activities (Group Recreation in our new Recreation and Wellness Center, Games, Guest Speakers, Independent and Group Enrichment Projects)

The evening is reserved for overnight students to have fun, experience our on-campus amenities, and bond with each other and staff through organized enrichment activities.

10 p.m.

Quiet Time



Participation Requirements

Participants must be current high school students. Typically, participants are between the ages of 15 to 18 years of age at the start of the program. 

Equipment and Materials

Quinnipiac University will provide all required materials, including laptops, for students within this program. Students are welcome to bring their own laptops or other devices for use outside of instruction periods or with the approval of their instructor.

Program Costs

Option 1: 1-week overnight program from Sunday to Saturday. Includes full room and board as well as evening and weekend activities: $1,680

Option 2: 1-week on-campus commuter program from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Includes lunch daily: $1,400

All options include:

  • One week of faculty-designed and delivered programming, administered online or on campus with educational support staff and program materials

  • Technology and software support

  • A Quinnipiac T-shirt

  • A digital badge for use on social media, resumes or portfolios

  • Access to special Quinnipiac Admissions events

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Discounts and Financial Aid

Partial financial support may be available for those who indicate the need for financial assistance in their online application. Financial support awards are based on a combination of financial need and academic merit.

We are pleased to offer a 10% discount on all summer camps and experiences to current Quinnipiac employees, Quinnipiac alumni and employees of our corporate partners. 

Application and Payment Deadlines

Space is limited per session; applications are reviewed when they are received and students are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Registration: Students must register for summer programs prior to June 2, 2024.

Deposits: All students must submit a non-refundable $250 deposit at the time of registration to ensure a spot is reserved for 30 days.

Payment: Payment is due within 30 days of applying to fully register for a program.

Payment Methods and Refund/Cancellation Policy

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How to Register for Summer Programs

  1. Visit our registration page
  2. Create a new account or log in to your existing account
  3. Select the program(s) you wish to enroll in and click "Continue"
  4. Complete your registration details
  5. You will receive an email confirming space is available and providing information about next steps, such as how to make payment and completing the final required registration steps. If a program is full, a waitlist option will be provided.

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Quinnipiac University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as an institution of higher education. Students who have a current IEP or 504 plan are encouraged to share any accommodations or modifications they may require in order to access the fundamentals of a QU summer program or camp they plan to attend.

Students requesting disability-based accommodations should indicate this within the application as well as email summerprograms@qu.edu about any and all specific accommodation needs.


Rules & Regulations

Read Quinnipiac University’s Summer Camp and Pre-College Program Policies