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Design Exchange, Canada’s Design Museum, offers week-long hands-on design and fashion day camps in the heart of Toronto!

 
Design Exchange is a cultural institution that champion’s creative thinking, inspires problem solving and celebrates the best innovative talent locally, nationally, and around the world. By offering unique and accessible experiences, Design Exchange educates and shares design stories with a broader public to highlight the importance and relevance of design.
 
  

 

 

JULY 3 - 6

*Pro-Rated Short Week

Space Explorers
AGES 6-10

 

Take on the final frontier in this fun space-themed camp!

Future astronauts will be introduced to basic architecture and engineering concepts through a variety of design challenges; from modelling a moon colony to building their own Martian rovers. Campers will also design and build their own bottle rockets, which we’ll launch at our end-of-camp showcase.

Few spots remain!
 

Robots at Play 
AGES 6-10

 

Why buy a new toy when you can make an even better one on your own?

This camp will introduce basic robotics concepts through the framework of toy design, and will teach campers how to repair, design and build their own electronic creations. By the end of camp, young designers will have created their own take-home mechanized toy, as well as learning how to make their own stuffies, board games and more!
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JULY 9 - 13

Urban Gardeners
AGES 6-10

 

This camp will help your budding urban gardener develop their green thumb.

Campers will learn how to grow their own food and will explore how design is being used to reintroduce nature back into the city. Participants will design and build their own vertical gardens to take home, while learning how to turn vacant lots into urban gardens and creating eco-friendly inks out of natural materials.
 

Coded Textiles
AGES 11-14

 

Use code to make cutting-edge quilts in this tech-filled textile camp.

Young designers will learn the basics of coding, and will program with shape and colour to design unique quilt patterns. Campers will then learn traditional sewing skills to translate their designs off their computer screens and into reality. Basic sewing skills will be taught at this camp.
 
Few spots remain!
 
 

JULY 16 - 20

Tasty Design
AGES 6-10

 

Young chefs will learn how to make delicious meals from food waste and foraged ingredients in this hands-on cooking camp.

Learn how to make your own popsicles from natural ingredients, use basic chemistry to make healthy snacks, and design your own mobile restaurant cart from scratch! Campers will also be challenged to design solutions to provide food for those in need.
 
SOLD OUT

Wearable Tech
AGES 11-14

 

Campers are invited to imagine the future of fashion in this introduction to wearable tech.

Learn how to design garments that respond to different environments, and use electronics to upcycle an old garment into a futuristic outfit that will light up the room! Basic sewing skills will be taught at this camp.
 
 

JULY 23 - 27

Illustration and Digital Storytelling
AGES 9-12

 

Emerging artists will take a deep dive into the world of professional illustration through a mixture of original and commissioned projects.

Campers will create two graphic novels using a mixture of analogue and digital techniques,: one profiling the work of an innovative local design agency, and the other illustrating an original imagining of the future use for an underused area of Toronto. By the end of camp, young designers will have mastered using both a stylus and a pen, as well as learning how to tell contemporary stories.
 

Robotics
AGES 9-13

 

Get introduced to the world of robotics through daily STEM activities that will challenge campers to apply their knowledge to real-world problems.

From creating renewable energy infrastructure to robotic hands, emerging roboticists will receive a solid foundation in general principles of electronics, engineering and design to create unique take-home projects.
 
 

JULY 30 - AUGUST 3

Robots at Play
AGES 6-10

 

Why buy a new toy when you can make an even better one on your own?

This camp will introduce basic robotics concepts through the framework of toy design, and will teach campers how to repair, design and build their own electronic creations. By the end of camp, young designers will have created their own take-home mechanized toy, as well as learning how to make their own stuffies, board games and more!
 
SOLD OUT

AR/VR
AGES 10-14

 

Create your own reality in this cutting edge camp!

Young designers will begin with the basics by constructing their own 2-D scroller games, before progressing to create their own Virtual and Augmented Reality environments.
 
SOLD OUT
 

AUGUST 7 - 10

*Pro-Rated Short Week

City Builders
AGES 6-10

 

If you could change one thing about your city, what would it be?

This is the question young designers will be challenged to answer during this urban architecture camp. Through a mixture of field trips, guest speakers, and practical exercises, campers will learn about the built environment and will design their own solutions to site-specific public space challenges. 

Few spots remain!
 

Eco Fashion
AGES 9-13

 

This introduction to sustainable fashion will provide campers with an inside look into the future of the fashion industry.

Campers will learn life skills while exploring traditional and innovative mending techniques from around the world. This camp introduces all the fundamentals: from learning how to operate a domestic sewing machine, to discovering secrets of patching, darning and mending to upcycle old garments into bold new creations. Basic sewing skills will be taught at this camp.
 
 
 

AUGUST 13 - 17

Final Cut - Production Design
AGES 9-12

 

So you’ve been making your own films for a while, but are you ready to up your production design game?

This camp will teach young filmmakers how to professionally light, set, mic and dress their films. Through guest lectures by industry professionals and daily short film challenges, campers will develop their production design skills to create original shorts that will be premiered at our end-of-camp showcase.
 

Street Art
AGES 9-13

 

Take your art off the gallery wall and into the street to explore urban design and contemporary placemaking.

Campers will design their own street art pieces, from small-scale urban interventions to collaborative murals that will live on after camp ends. No prior painting experience necessary!
 
SOLD OUT
 

AUGUST 20 - 24

City Builders
AGES 9-13

 

If you could change one thing about your city, what would it be?

This is the question young designers will be challenged to answer during this urban architecture camp. Through a mixture of field trips, guest speakers, and practical exercises, campers will learn about the built environment and will design their own solutions to site-specific public space challenges.
 
Few spots remain!
 
 

 

 

2018 Fees

 

 

DX Family Members
$345 /week
General Admission
$360 /week
After-care (4-5:30pm)
$10 /day/child

All camp fees include project materials, afternoon snack,
field trip transportation (where applicable) and morning care, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Registration fees include HST. Tax receipts are provided at the conclusion of the program.

Refund Policy: A $30 administrative fee will be charged for withdrawals requests made in writing to education@dx.org, 14 business days prior to the start of the session. 

The full session fee will be charged for withdrawals made less than 14 business days before the session.

For more information, please contact
Programming Supervisor, Jeremy Forsyth at 647.643.4585

 

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.

 

 

HOURS
MON+TUE
Closed
WED-FRI
9AM-5PM
SAT+SUN
12-4:30PM

 

 
QUESTIONS?
Call 416.363.6121
 
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