2-month summer program with no prior 2D graphic design or experience
Rigorous 2D Design Process
Proficiency in the following 3D software: Rhino and Sketchup.
Optional Portfolio Studio in the Fall
The LAIAD Summer Program for international students is a short, intensive, design and 3D modeling workshop. This program is intended to help international students improve their design and presentation skills, build a portfolio, and orient their work toward acceptance and transfer into the American university system for graduate level study in Architecture or Interior Design. LAIAD’s curriculum is specifically developed to teach the design and thinking skills most sought-after by top-rated American universities.
Summer Program students may elect to take LAIAD’s Portfolio Studio (Ps) in the Fall semester immediately following the Summer Design Program. Attendance in the Portfolio Studio is optional based on the individual student’s needs and skill level. The Portfolio Studio is intended to help build a professional quality portfolio using the same design thinking and studio work produced in the Summer Program. The schedule and timing of the Ps program is made to align with application deadlines of most US based MArch programs.
The style of teaching is one-on-one design workshop, supplemented by a weekly collective review and midterm/final guest reviews. Architectural modeling courses focus on improving students’ ability to create 3D models. The software courses include Rhino surface modeling, Grasshopper parametric design, and T-Splines.
Students will learn different creative expressions from 3D rendering to 2D drawings as well as the portfolio design skills during the compact summer program.
A portfolio is the most significant factor for a successful application to an architecture school in the United States. A good portfolio can help applicants get admitted to the best architecture schools without perfect GPA, GRE, or TOEFL scores. At LAIAD, the process of making a quality portfolio is a statement of design excellence, not just a graphic exercise. In our view, a portfolio is only as good as the work it contains.
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