Immersive Portfolio Development and Design Workshop

Cost: $5,000

Join fellow design students and professionals from around the world for a four-week workshop designed to elevate your understanding of design and architecture in the 21st century.

The theme of this summer workshop will involve experimentation using computational design and spatial relationships. Projects will investigate and formulate a response to issues spawned from today’s emerging parametric technology. Students will use design software as their primary tool, make models, drawings, and create professional presentations.

The curriculum will support collaboration and development of nonlinear thinking in both computational science and in the discussion of physical and digital craftsmanship.

Our small class-size and concentrated course structure will include one lecture each morning, time in the studio each afternoon, and a weekly studio critique.

At the end of the workshop you will have a professional yet experimental portfolio that will support graduate applications and professional development.
Cranbrook will provide housing, access to our facilities, studio environments, Cranbrook Art Museum, and our robust library collection during your time here. Faculty will be made up of Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni and renowned visiting artists and designers.
This is a rare opportunity to spend four weeks immersed in Eliel Saarinen’s thoughtfully designed campus that The New York Times has called “one of the greatest campuses ever created anywhere.” We hope you will join us.


Admission is on a rolling cycle for all applicants and we will continue to review and accept applications until the program is full.

Submit your application

Include a PDF with 5-10 examples of your work with a 250 word description of your academic experience.

Meal Plan
Studio Space

Access to:

  • Fabrication shop
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art Library
  • Cranbrook Art Museum

Note* You must provide your own laptop.