Fashion, interior design summer camp offered at Auburn University

AUBURN – For the first time, high school-aged students are invited to spend a week on the Auburn University campus experiencing firsthand the worlds of fashion and interior design.

Carol Warfield, head of the Department of Consumer Affairs in Auburn’s College of Human Sciences, said young people may have developed an interest in fashion design from a TV show like “Project Runway” or interior design from “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” but the first-ever Project Design Summer Camp offers them the chance to try it themselves.

“Project Design is for rising ninth to 12th grade students to experience the design and merchandising of apparel, interiors and accessories with our faculty, staff and students,” Warfield said. “It’s a chance for the young people interested in these areas to investigate what career options are available to them and for us to showcase our apparel design, apparel merchandising and interior design programs with future students.”

The camp schedule, which runs Sunday, July 17 – Friday, July 22, includes field trips, guest speakers and design workshops on lighting, costumes, retail buying, dorm room planning and visual merchandising. The schedule also includes a pictorial visit to Italy through the eyes of students who have just returned from 12 weeks of living in a palace in Ariccia, Italy, as part of the Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy program.

Camp will conclude with a presentation of student work for their parents.

“It’s going to be a very visual experience for all involved,” Warfield said.

Students interested in attending Project Design do not need any prior experience or knowledge. Warfield simply encourages students to “bring your energy, enthusiasm, creativity and curiosity with you.”

Campers will stay in a campus residence hall, eat at campus dining facilities and experience the campus’ social and recreational activities, under counselor supervision.

To learn more about Project Design and to register, go to “Summer Youth Programs” on the Office of Professional and Continuing Education’s website, Registration will remain open until Sunday.

(Written by Amy Weaver.)

Contacts: Carol Warfield, (334) 844-1329 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (