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DX offers engaging fashion + design camps for aspiring creatives ages 6-15 during March Break and summer.

 
Join Design Exchange for a fun-filled, hands-on, and educational summer experience. Our week-long camps provide inquisitive minds with opportunities to be creative problem-solvers and design thinkers. Conveniently located in the heart of Toronto’s financial district, the former Toronto Stock Exchange building offers a unique and inspired setting for these specialized camp sessions. A qualified team of instructors and senior camp staff lead the programs.
 
 

 

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Delivering design education to youth and children is a core component of Design Exchange's mandate.

 

Through our programs, DX encourages young audiences to become creative problem-solvers and design thinkers at every age. We believe programming that introduces the value of design to young people inspires future generations to make a better world, encourages the growth of the design sector, and stimulates the economy.  

Your donations contribute to providing a full scholarship to children who would not otherwise be able to attend our camp. We know these spots make a difference in children’s lives.

 

MARCH BREAK CAMPS 2016
March 14-18

 

Thank you to everyone who registered for this year's March Break Camps! Registration for our 2016 Summer Camps is now open, see below for session information.

Subscribe to our newsletter, INDX, for upcoming news on education workshops, Kids' Day and P.A. Day programs and 2017 March Break camps. DX Family Members will receive first dibs on discounted, early bird registrations. Not a DX Family Member yet? Sign up today!

 

SUMMER CAMP 2016
July 4-August 26

 

WEEK 1
July 4-8

 

 
When registering two or more children, you can receive $30 off the total cost.
 
To receive the discount, enter code MULTIPLECAMPERS at check-out. 
 
This is not applied automatically and is only valid with online orders at time of purchase

 

 

 

Home Sweet Home

Ages 7-10
Novice-Intermediate
 

Join us as we create the ultimate rooms of our dreams. Flex your creative muscles and to make a model suite of your living space, complete with light fixtures, furniture and home accents including framed silhouettes and tabletop décor.

Only 2 spots remain! Email education@dx.org to register.

 

Stitch It

Ages 9-11
Novice
 

Make a bold foray into the world of fashion and sewing starting with the basics! You’ll learn how to operate a sewing machine, select the right materials, and develop cutting and sewing techniques so you can make your own simple skirt. Plus, we’ll make a tote bag and eye-catching accessories (no sewing required!).

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Stitch It

Ages 12-14
Novice
 

Make a bold foray into the world of fashion and sewing starting with the basics! You’ll learn how to operate a sewing machine, select the right materials, and develop cutting and sewing techniques so you can make your own simple skirt. Plus, we’ll make a tote bag and eye-catching accessories (no sewing required!).

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WEEK 2
July 11-15

 

Laboratory of Play

Ages 6-9
Novice
 

Explore the world of toy design and learn how to make stuffed creatures, puppets, and moving gadgets. Every day will offer you a new challenge and opportunity to think outside the toy box. Experiment and test out your creations and design the packaging for your new inventions so they’re toyshop-ready!

THIS CAMP IS FULL
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Laboratory of Play II

Ages 10-12
Intermediate
 

We’ll go beyond the fundamentals to explore the world of toy design and learn how to make stuffed creatures, puppets, and moving gadgets. Every day will offer you a new challenge and opportunity to think outside the toy box. Experiment and test out your creations and design the packaging for your new inventions so they are toy shop-ready!

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Material World

Ages 9-12
Novice-Intermediate
 

This session explores the union of art and design through Fashion with a no-sew session utilizing the most unexpsected materials. Campers will experiment with non-traditional materials from paper, hardware, and found objects to construct an Avant-Garde look fit for a gallery, along with learning to cast and manipulate materials to create one of a kind accessories.

This is a no-sew session

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WEEK 3
July 18-22

 

Delectable Design

Ages 6-9
Novice
 

The creative juices will be flowing as you explore the world of food and design. Develop your own concept for an up and coming restaurant, complete with personalized menus, unique place settings, and food models. Plus, dream up the food truck version for portable expansion!

THIS CAMP IS FULL
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Delectable Design II

Ages 10-13
Novice-Intermediate
 

The creative juices will be flowing as you explore the world of food and design with a more extensive session. Develop your own concept for an up and coming restaurant, complete with personalized menus, unique place settings, and food models. Plus, dream up the food truck version for portable expansion!

THIS CAMP IS FULL
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Textyles 101

Ages 9-12
Novice
 

Dye, print, and repeat! Learn about surface design, textiles and fabrics by creating your own and deconstructing existing fabrics to understand how they are made. From dyeing and printing to weaving and everything in between – you’ll use these unique textiles construct a trendsetting garment and no-sew accessories to match.

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WEEK 4
July 25-29

 

Zoom! Zap! Zam!

Ages 10-12
Novice-Intermediate
 

Perfect for comic and graphic novel enthusiasts, explore the storytelling and animations of comics and graphic novels. Covering the basics, learn about story and character development to layout and illustration so that you can wrap up a week of adventure with a hands-on bookmaking lesson so you can create your own comic.

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Zoom! Zap! Zam!

Ages 13-15
Novice-Intermediate
 

Perfect for comic and graphic novel enthusiasts, explore the storytelling and animations of comics and graphic novels. Covering the basics, learn about story and character development to layout and illustration so that you can wrap up a week of adventure with a hands-on bookmaking lesson so you can create your own comic.

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'Zine Masters

Ages 9-12
Intermediate
 

Do you have a flair for mixing and matching? Take on the world of fashion styling and trend forecasting by coordinating you own magazine photo shoots. You’ll create original concepts and themes, learn about wardrobe styling, scout a location and more! Plus, you’ll make a simple garment and no-sew accessories to use for your editorial shoot and create a styling ‘zine to share with friends, family, and fellow fashionistas!

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WEEK 5
August 2-5

(Pro-Rated Short Week)

 

Superstructures

Ages 7-9
Novice
Pro-Rated Short Week
 

This four-day session introduces the fundamentals of architecture. You’ll learn what it takes to design sky-high towers, otherworldly buildings, and emergency shelters. Plus, you’ll build and test your model using local marvels for inspiration!

THIS CAMP IS FULL
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Superstructures

Ages 10-12
Intermediate
Pro-Rated Short Week
 

This four-day session extends beyond the fundamentals of architecture to explore the built environment. You’ll learn what it takes to design sky-high towers, otherworldly buildings, and emergency shelters. Plus, you’ll build and test your model using local marvels for inspiration!

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Fashion History

Ages 10-13
Novice-Intermediate
Pro-Rated Short Week
 

Explore costume and dress throughout the ages, from Ancient Greece and the Roaring Twenties to the retro ‘60s and present day. You’ll make a major garment, draw your own fashion illustrations and create several small-scale projects inspired by your favourite fashion era!

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WEEK 6
August 8-12

 

Rock Star

Ages 7-10
Novice
 

Become an overnight sensation after you create your fictional band and accompanying personas. To complete the ensembles, you’ll make custom band t-shirts, album covers, posters, and more for your all-star world tour!

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Catwalk Ready

Ages 10-12
Intermediate-Advanced
 

Have you mastered the basics of sewing? Take on a new challenge with a more in-depth look at patterns and alterations, material selection, and construction through the fashioning of a hooded sweatshirt. This skill-testing project is accompanied by small no-sew projects to create a finished look for your design. Perfect for the seasoned DX fashionista ready to take it to the next level!

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Catwalk Ready

Ages 13-15
Intermediate-Advanced
 

Have you mastered the basics of sewing? Take on a new challenge with a more in-depth look at patterns and alterations, material selection, and construction through the fashioning of a hooded sweatshirt. This skill-testing project is accompanied by small no-sew projects to create a finished look for your design. Perfect for the seasoned DX fashionista ready to take it to the next level!

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WEEK 7
August 15-19

 

Drama + Design I

Ages 7-10
Novice-Intermediate
 

With experts from Canadian Stage, you’ll learn the basics of designing for the stage, including how to write scripts, staging tricks, and costume and prop styling. What’s more, you’ll work in a group to create a performance for friends and family at Design Exchange on the Friday afternoon. Plus, you and your family will also be treated to an evening performance and backstage tour of the annual Canadian Stage Shakespeare in High Park performance.

THIS CAMP IS FULL
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Drama + Design I

Ages 11-15
Novice-Intermediate
 

With experts from Canadian Stage, you’ll learn the basics of designing for the stage, including how to write scripts, staging tricks, and costume and prop styling. What’s more, you’ll work in a group to create a performance for friends and family at Design Exchange on the Friday afternoon. Plus, you and your family will also be treated to an evening performance and backstage tour of the annual Canadian Stage Shakespeare in High Park performance.

Presented in partnership with
 

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Setting The Scene

Ages 9-12
Novice-Intermediate
 

All the world’s a stage at DX! Dive into the world of theatrical costume design to get an immersive experience with the design of theatre. Exploring character development, story lines, movement and more, you will design a costume from head to toe for the week’s play. Sewn outfits, mixed media wigs, and theatrical makeup are all combined to make a Playbill-ready performance!

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WEEK 8
August 22-26

 

Drama + Design II

Ages 7-10
Novice-Intermediate
 

With experts from Canadian Stage, you’ll learn the basics of designing for the stage, including how to write scripts, staging tricks, and costume and prop styling. What’s more, you’ll work in a group to create a performance for friends and family at Design Exchange on the Friday afternoon. Plus, you and your family will also be treated to an evening performance and backstage tour of the annual Canadian Stage Shakespeare in High Park performance.

THIS CAMP IS FULL
Join Waitlist

 

Drama + Design II

Ages 11-15
Novice-Intermediate
 

With experts from Canadian Stage, you’ll learn the basics of designing for the stage, including how to write scripts, staging tricks, and costume and prop styling. What’s more, you’ll work in a group to create a performance for friends and family at Design Exchange on the Friday afternoon. Plus, you and your family will also be treated to an evening performance and backstage tour of the annual Canadian Stage Shakespeare in High Park performance.

Presented in partnership with

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Style + Substance

Ages 11-14
Novice
 

Inspired by global street style photographers and bloggers, you’ll make your own unique clothing and accessories, and create a DX Street Style blog, inspired by trendsetters from Toronto, Tokyo, London, and New York! Exploring various digital platforms, photography and editorials, you will design a blog that showcases your one of a kind personal and style identity!

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2016 FEES

 

 

 

 

 

 

DX Family Members
$345 /week
$276 /short week
General Admission
$360 /week
$288 /short week
2 or More Children
 
Save $30 on Registration
After-care (4-5:30pm)
 
$10 /day/child

 

Morning care, beginning at 8:30 a.m., is complimentary.
Registration fees include HST. Tax receipts are provided at the conclusion of the program.

For more information, please contact Programs Manager Brigitte Huard at 416.216.2138.
To make a donation or to become a member, please contact Membership and Development Coordinator, Rosa Ricci at 416.216.2160.

 

To Refund or Transfer Sessions, click here.