California by Design

​Two Week Summer Design Studio

Study design at NewSchool this summer! Our two-week summer design studio, California by Design, is a great way to learn more about our college as well as gain an initial deep dive into design. Taught by NewSchool faculty, you can explore our campus and meet current students, while learning about design in California.

From surfboards to start ups, the course will explore California’s unique culture and design aesthetic across multiple design disciplines such as product design, interior design and media design. Students will also explore how design is influenced by California’s history, culture, environment and economic trends. The course will also feature multiple field trips and a special guest speaker line up titled “Locals Only Panel” which will consist of success stories from regional athletes, designers, entrepreneurs, business owners, researchers and brand creators who embody Californian culture and design.

The two-week summer studio combines lectures, hands-on workshops, field trips, guest speakers and special events.

Topics Covered:

After exploring a range of topics through guest speakers and field trips, students will choose an area of focus in either product design, interior design or media design and produce unique designs that reflect their personal perspective within the context of California design.

Topics that students will explore include:

  • Leisure, hobby or lifestyle brands
  • Action sports and water sports equipment and accessories (Surfing, Skateboarding, Snowboarding)
  • Space design for retail environments
  • Transportation design
  • Experience design
  • Coastal engineering
  • Environmental impacts
  • Social-cultural impacts
  • Economic trends of a billion dollar industry.

Field Trip List:

Students will take several field trips to gain an in depth understanding of California’s unique design culture from both a retail and a lifestyle perspective. Field trips include (may be subject to change):


The intensive two week class will meet week days from 10:00am - 3:00pm with an hour free for lunch. Lunch is not provided.

Program Dates: August 14th-24th, 2017

Program Fee: $1,500

Want to learn more? Contact Enrollment: or call 619.684.8788.

Online Info Session will be held on Monday, May 22nd at 12pm PST. RSVP Today!