The College of Architecture hosts Camp ARCH, a one-week summer program for high-achieving high school students. Camp ARCH combines academic instruction with social activities so you can experience what it would be like to be a full-time student in one of our programs.
Students leave Camp ARCH with a broader understanding of our academic programs, initiatives, curriculum, resources, and life in Aggieland.
Camp Course of Studies Options
During your time at Camp ARCH, you will participate in one area of focus. Your focus area enrollment is based on your program preference and course availability. You will choose one of the following:
Architecture courses prepare campers for the same design studio instruction and learning environmental design students experience during their first year at the college. You will focus on creating a hand-built, 3D model using CAD software, laser-cutting and other specialized tools.
This course allows you to immerse yourself in many components of our construction science program. You will participate in site visits, interactive lectures, building information modeling (BIM), and presentations by the Department of Construction Science faculty members.
Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
The landscape architecture and urban planning course mirrors elements of professional design studios and encourages creative, individual thought within a team dynamic. You’ll explore three-dimensional space arrangements, form making, spatial functions and be given the opportunity to create and communicate designs for the public realm.
The visualization course gives you the opportunity to design and create your own visual applications and website within a small team. You will be responsible for developing a website, an app, a brand logo, collateral material and a 2D motion ad campaign.
Camp ARCH is for incoming 10th, 11th and 12th-grade students. Students graduating in Spring 2021 are ineligible to attend this program.
2021 Camp Dates: July 5 – July 10, 2021
Camp ARCH costs $1,200. This price includes:
- Three meals a day
- Dormitory accommodations
- Social activities
- Souvenir items
Camp ARCH will be held in person this year. COVID-19 protocols will be practiced. Participants will be asked to always wear masks while in their classrooms.
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for Camp ARCH, please fill out the application and submit it by the due date. The application is typically released in February and due in April, but pay attention to the specific due date listed for the current year.
1. Fill out the application
Start your Camp ARCH application today. In order to be considered for Camp ARCH, you will need to complete the entire application, including:
- Application form
- Copy of official high school transcript
- Resume (optional)
- Scholarship essay (optional)
A limited number of scholarships will be available to students with financial need. In order to be considered for the scholarship, you will need to complete the scholarship essay located in the application.
2. Submit your application before the deadline
Completed applications can be emailed to Karina Badillo, academic advisor, at email@example.com. Follow these guidelines:
Subject line: LastName_FirstName—CampArch 2021
Attach file as: LastName_FirstName—CampArch 2021
3. Receive a final decision
A final decision regarding your participation in camp should be emailed to you by mid-May. Participants are selected to attend Camp ARCH based on their entire application, including their personal statement, high school academic achievement, interest in attending Texas A&M, and intent to major in a program in the College of Architecture.
Camp counselors facilitate activities, engage with students, and make Camp ARCH as enjoyable as possible. We invite all College of Architecture students in good standing with the university to submit a counselor application to be considered. The application includes:
- General application form
A counselor’s role includes:
- Welcoming each student to Texas A&M University
- Providing each student with a wonderful experience
- Ensuring each student is accounted for and is engaged in every project
- Staying overnight in the dorms throughout the week
- Being respectful to the professors/professionals in and out of the studio
- Holding other counselors/students accountable
- Showing up on time to each event
As a counselor, you will be compensated for your involvement in Camp ARCH and your meals and housing will be provided.
If you have any questions regarding Camp ARCH, email Karina Badillo at firstname.lastname@example.org.