Course Overview

New for 2021! This summer college course for high school students serves a a fundamental introduction to industrial and interaction design. The course will specifically be looking at designing for the tabletop. By enrolling, you will design innovative elements of the dining experience from flatware to dinnerware to stemware, all intended to create a bold vision for the modern tablescape. You will learn about design-for-manufacturing as well as breakthroughs in sustainable materials and processes that promise to shape our future. Students will also learn how these items reflect both traditional and contemporary approaches to design, as well as, how they work as a family-of-forms to enhance the dining experience.

By taking this course you will become familiar with various approaches to physical model techniques. You will also learn digital modeling in Rhino, digital visualization in Adobe Dimension, digital illustration in Adobe Illustrator, and digital image editing in Adobe Photoshop.

This course allows students to explore their interest in industrial and interaction design while providing an excellent opportunity to gain multiple skills to bolster their design portfolio. What will you bring to our virtual table? Let’s start!

Course Objectives

Students will:

  • Develop fundamental skills in Industrial Design
  • Boost creativity and problem solving
  • Learn multiple physical modeling techniques
  • Become familiar with digital design and representation software
  • Develop one or more portfolio projects

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SCN 095

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school junior, or senior status – or a 2021 high school graduate. 

Credit: Noncredit

Grading: Pass/Fail

Cost: $2,500
Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees. Discounts and scholarships are also available.


Program Information

Summer College Online: Explore college life before stepping foot on campus! High school students can enroll in a college-level course, pursue their academic interests, and meet likeminded students in daily virtual events and activities.


Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesSynchronous Class Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College Online3- Week Session I:  July 19 – August 6, 2021MTWThF
1PM – 2:30PM
NoncreditClosed

Course Requirements

Technology Requirements

  • Laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and mouse
  • Reliable internet access
  • A space conducive to taking an online class (without distractions)

Required Supplies and Prerequisites

Students should budget for the cost of supplies. A supply list will be sent to students before the start of the program.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students must report to their virtual synchronous class via videoconferencing MTWThF, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT. Synchronous sessions will include model making demonstrations, lectures, digital design software tutorials, virtual discussion, student presentations, guest lecture and student design project evaluations with guest critics.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College virtual activities to meet and connect with other students across the world. Check out our Virtual Campus Experience page for more information!

Virtual End Event

We will conclude with a virtual exhibition of student work and complementary conversation with invited critics.

Faculty Bios

Faezeh Tabatabaeimanesh – Instructor Syracuse University School of Design

Faezeh is currently a graduate student in the MFA in Design at Syracuse University’s School of Design. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a Master’s degree in Bionic Architecture. Prior to her studies at SU, she worked in the field of bionic architecture and natural structures modeling. During and subsequent to her studies, she has been engaged in various architectural activities including interior architecture, facade design, furniture design and the fabrication of decorative panels. In her recent work, she has undertaken projects that leverage her graphic design, Immersive design, and Interactive design skills. As part of her graduate studies, her research is based in the field of Biodesign which is the practice of using living organisms such as bacteria to create innovative and sustainable materials and products. She is also exploring how this research can be extended to the field of fashion design to work with biomaterials to produce fabrics that adapt to the user and are completely biodegradable.

Madelyn Minicozzi – Instructor Syracuse University School of Design

Madelyn is a graduate of the five-year intensive Industrial & Interaction Design program at Syracuse University. Her work is focused on human-centered design, strategic thinking, and her passion for design research.

Her recent work has been based in start-up culture and the power of design to address niche markets. This past year she helped launch several local and regional start-ups conceptualizing new designs for branding, marketing materials, advertisements, as well as, overall experience. This body of work includes the launching of a virtual dining experience, Dining Inside Out, which was created in response to the COVID19 pandemic in order to keep people connected while keeping restaurants, farmers, and chefs afloat during turbulent times. Dining Inside Out focuses on sensory tools, both tactile and digital to create a full virtual experience for users. Additionally, her work is experience design driven with both placemaking and urban acupuncture projects that, through structural building and installations, bring light and purpose to under-utilized urban spaces. In addition, Madelyn has a passion for environmental and humanitarian based projects and is currently working toward creating a better system for the redistribution of used goods, as well as, creating ‘accessibility to design tools for all’ through makerspace opportunities. Madelyn has also found herself in a variety of design educator roles, such as Industrial and Interaction Design professor of practice at Syracuse University, Summer College Industrial & Interaction Design Program instructor at Syracuse University, and most recently professor of Design & Technology at SUNY Oswego. 


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