July 12-24, 2020

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The two-week academy will need to meet its minimum enrollment in order to proceed. If not, the academy may be canceled.

Fascination with architecture and environmental design can start at a very young age—even in grade school, as any kid who likes 3-D puzzles, building toys, or working in the garden will tell you. But where can a high student approaching college age have an opportunity to really explore the fields? There’s no better place than attending the DesignWorks Summer Academy offered by Ball State's R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning (CAP). 

Format and Schedule

2018 DesignWorks

Participants spend much of their time in the Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning’s design studios, taking part in studio work. It’s a lot like our First-Year Program for Ball State freshmen in that it offers a taste of a wide range of design activities. There are some evening sessions as well, but evenings free of programmed activities allow you a chance to see what the rest of college life is like. Professors will take care of all the necessary equipment and instructional materials. They’ll also lead students on field trip study opportunities. Other than the field trip, students are not permitted to leave the campus.

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On the first day, you should plan to arrive at the residence hall in the afternoon. Class sessions begin first thing the following morning, and instructional activities are planned each day, including on the weekend.

You will be housed in double-occupancy rooms in a Ball State residence hall on campus, supervised by trained staff members. You may choose roommates, so bring a friend!

The residence halls have their own recreational facilities. You also can enjoy other campus activities, such as movies, plays, and lectures, during your free time. DesignWorks Summer Academy features weekend recreation and entertainment activities as well.

The college provides instruction in environmental design and planning, which is segmented into independent professional disciplines, including architecture, landscape architectureurban planning, interior design, and construction management. Ball State is located in Muncie, Indiana, just an hour northeast of Indianapolis.

Student Requirements

The academy is open to high school students of all backgrounds and professional interests. To attend, you must

  • have completed your sophomore or junior year of high school
  • a.) rank in the top 20 percent of your high school class with a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better on a 4.0 scale or b.) have a combined PSAT score of 1100 and a GPA of 3.0 (B) or better on a 4.0 scale

If you don’t meet these criteria, you may still apply. But we may ask you to submit supporting materials such as a portfolio or a letter of recommendation from a teacher.


The estimated total cost to attend DesignWorks Summer Academy is $1,500.

The fee includes:

  • all instruction and materials
  • housing
  • linens
  • meals and snacks
  • transportation and entrance fees for field trips

The fee does not include transportation to and from campus, although transportation to and from the Indianapolis International Airport can be arranged at an additional cost.


Dining services are provided on campus, and a meal plan is part of the cost. The meal plan works on a debit basis, starting with a balance that will cover the meals a typical student would choose. More food is available—the dining service accepts cash and credit cards for expenses beyond the meal plan. 

Payment Options

For your convenience, we have two payment options for attending the academy.

1. Major Credit Card

Credit card users will have access to an online payment system. Students who have completed their application materials and have been admitted will receive information via email with details about how to pay.

2. Check

Make it payable to Ball State University and include the student's name in the notation line. Mail checks to:

Ball State University
R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning
Attn: DesignWorks Summer Academy
Muncie, IN 47306


If you want to learn more about the DesignWorks Summer Academy, contact Lori Pence.