California by Design

This studio uncovers what it means to design in California by exploring its cultures, lifestyles, and industries (such as surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, entertainment, and start-ups) and then examining their unique influences on fashion, behaviors, and imaginations. Students will learn how the design of artifacts relates to built environments and explore how design is influenced by California’s history, culture, environment, and economic trends. Students have direct access to local industries and are provided with unique opportunities to learn firsthand from design professionals.

Program Details

  • Dates: August 13 - September 14, 2018
  • Format: The intensive class will meet weekdays from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM with an hour free for lunch. Lunch is not provided.

In summer 2017, students from the CA by Design studio collaborated with Dewey Weber Surfboards to generate media, product, interior and architectural design concepts and strategies for future developments of the brand. Students received invaluable, first-hand feedback from the company’s CEO and President, Shea Weber.

For more information, contact our Enrollment Team at or call (619) 684-8788.