Course Overview

The Environmental & Interior Design Summer College Program at Syracuse University introduces high school students to design principles and methods focused on the built environment. Through the exploration of the art and architecture of environmental design, students learn about the expanding practices of interior architecture, interior design, and spatial design.  This studio uses the city as a laboratory to investigate the historical, cultural, and behavioral impacts of design.

Students work closely with faculty to develop research, ideation, iteration, and making skills within a broader context.  Individual exercises engage form, space, time, and movement in a project developed through a structured conceptual process.  Field documentation, drawing, diagramming, and model-making are supplemented by group discussions of contemporary issues impacting the built environment.  Projects include both two- and three-dimensional works employing line, shape, color, texture, and space essential for college admissions portfolios intended for a range of design disciplines.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University noncredit transcript.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this class, students will be able to:

  • Understand what Environmental and Interior Design Degree program at Syracuse University offers
  • Express ideas and their rationale developed in the design process through visual media: ideation drawings and sketches
  • Demonstrate the ability to draft orthographic views of both small objects and a small scale environment
  • Show awareness of human scale and the influence of furnishing, objects, materials, and finishes on human and environmental wellbeing
  • Gain basic knowledge and develop computer skills of 2D drafting and 3D modeling using SketchUP software

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SCN 033

Format: On Campus (at Syracuse University)

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior status – or a 2024 high school graduate. 

Credit: NC

Grading: Pass/Fail


  • Residential: $4,095
  • Commuter: $3,166

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 – On Campus: Experience what college is really like: take a college-level course, live in a residence hall, have meals with friends in a dining hall, and participate in activities and events on campus.

Syracuse University Summer College precollege interior design environmental design student

“Syracuse University Summer College was a real eye-opening experience for me. I’ve always been interested in design, but truth be told I didn’t know much at all about it. In my Environmental and Interior Design class, I picked up more information and tips and tricks than I ever expected going in. I’m taking a design course in school this year, and I’m already far ahead of the rest of the class because of the knowledge I gained over the summer. Professor Lee was so kind as well as the TA’s and they never hesitated to give us as much help as possible.”

— Nina L., Summer College Environmental and Interior Design Student, 2020

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesClass Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – On Campus2-Week Session II: Monday, July 22 – Friday, Aug. 2, 2024MTWThF;
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Class will break for lunch daily for approximately one hour. Class times subject to change.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

First week:

AM: Students will develop skills in ideation drawings and sketches while participating in in-class activities individually and small groups. They will work on (2) small design projects.

PM: Students will learn how to use SketchUP software, and apply the software skills when completing the design projects.

Second week:

AM: Students will begin their final project with research and ideation drawings and sketches

PM: Students will develop their design digitally and review with the instructor and the teaching assistants

Faculty Bios

Seyeon Lee, PhD – Assistant Professor, School of Design

Seyeon Lee is an Associate Professor in the School of Design, VPA. Prior to working as an academic, Lee worked as an architect and project/construction manager for over 14 years in the design/construction industry. Lee’s professional portfolio includes residential, commercial, retail, hospitality, and urban planning projects in the United States, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. She is a NCIDQ certified interior designer and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Lee holds PhD in Architecture from Texas A&M University, Master in Architecture and Bachelor in Environmental Design from Montana State University. Dr. Lee’s research focuses on innovations in sustainable and affordable design: user-centered community design, the area of community design with an emphasis on sustainable and affordable architectural design and planning, sustainable interior architecture, sustainable design practices for affordable and low-income housing and community development.

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