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Daniels Digital Design Camp

Summer 2021

We are pleased to announce that we will be working with the University of Toronto staff and faculty to digitally design projects that respond to five sites on campus. The intention is to design these five sites as built areas that would support outdoor classes in response to COVID-19. Students will learn about how the University of Toronto has been built over time and contribute ideas to how the campus can be redesigned to accommodate outdoor learning during the pandemic. These designs will be presented to staff and faculty, who will provide feedback during the design process. This program will give participants experience with real project management while fostering a greater sense of community involvement and responsibility. From concept to presentation, participants will gain collaborative skills and learn the importance of partnership in fun and creative ways.

This one-week summer camp will introduce the technology and skills necessary to complete a complex design project. Friends and family will be invited to join the final presentation online, allowing participants to practice their presentation skills. This experience could be used by participants in any future portfolio. We will have 10 participants with 1 leader.

Registration for this program  is now open: Click here




This summer program is designed for all participants aged 12 to 14 (grades 7 to 9) who are interested in design, technology, art, science, and engineering.



What & Why?

The future of work is constantly evolving. Creativity and the ability to communicate your ideas will always be an essential set of skills. This camp gives participants opportunities to engage with the latest digital technologies, and to develop their design skills in a post-secondary environment. This program will help them think through a design problem and communicate the solution both visually and verbally using graphic software such as Sketchup, and other photo editors.  Participants will also receive access to the Adobe Creative Cloud during the program.

The program will also include: 

  • Lectures by practicing architects and faculty. 
  • Virtual field trips on campus. 
  • One-on-one instruction and feedback. 
  • Training in representation, model-building, and related skills. 
  • An interim and final review with University of Toronto staff and faculty to present their ideas and designs. 

To really understand the benefits of the program, please see the Testimonials section below. 




This program will be delivered online through a variety of platforms including Zoom web conferencing, and other related software.  Participants will receive access to the Adobe Creative Cloud during the program.




The Daniels Digital Design Camp is a being offered as 2-week half-day sessions and 1-week full days sessions throughout the summer (as shown below).

Dates and Times

2-week half-day sessions (a.m. OR p.m.)

Session 1: Monday, June 28 to Friday, July 9 (Noting Canada Day holiday)
Session 2: Monday, July 12 to July 23, 2021
Session 4: Monday, August 3 to Friday, August 13, 2021

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (a.m. session)
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (p.m. session)

1-week full-day sessions (a.m. AND p.m.)

Session 3: Monday, July 26 to Friday, July 30, 2021
Session 5: Monday, August 16 to Friday, August 20, 2021
Session 6: Monday, August 23 to Friday, August 27, 2021
Session 7: Monday, August 31 to Friday, September 3, 2021

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. AND 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.




Schedule Sample Day (1 Full Day or 2 Half-Days) 

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. | Introduction to the Camp and Day  
9:15 - 9:30 a.m. | Digital Icebreaker  
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. | Project Introduction
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. | Virtual Site Visit and Site Analysis
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. | Break
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. | Introduction to Photo Editing
11:30 - 12:00 p.m. | Photo Editing Assignment I  
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. | Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Design Process Presentation
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Introduction to Tools
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. | Introduction to 3D Modelling
2:45 - 3:00 p.m. | Break
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.  | Design Warm-up Project 

Computer Requirements  

Participants will require a computer and access to wi-fi. All software installation instructions will be provided. 



Curriculum Development

  Nicholas Steven Hoban is a computational designer specializing in the field of digital fabrication, robotics and computational workflows. Utilizing computer programming, simulation and CADCAM programming Nicholas delivers data driven design and prototypes in research and the AEC industry.  As the Digital Fabrication Coordinator Nicholas oversees the integration and deployment of all the digital fabrication lab systems at the University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Read More


  Hamed Nadi is a Master of Landscape student at the University of Toronto in his final year. His thesis highlights the lack of open space in Toronto's urban core while finding empty spaces that have the potential to be transferred into functioning open spaces. He is very passionate about how cities are shifting and changing in the near-term future, and Covid-19 has exacerbated the way our cities are going to be utilized. He believes design and architectural interventions can increase our quality of life, making cities a more enjoyable place to live within.

Program Management

  Nene Brode is the Daniels Faculty's Manager, External Relations and Outreach. She rejoined the dean's office in September 2018. In 2016, she founded the V4Lab, a summer youth STEAM program. From working on the development of the Digital Media Experience Lab at Ryerson University, to showcasing the work of V4Lab participants at the Ontario Science Centre, Nene has been a connector and collaborator, fostering community engagement. Read More


  Aidan Cowling is a Toronto-based artist and educator. He holds a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Guelph and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in Visual Studies and Art History. He has taught art and new media at various levels and and was nominated by his students for a teaching excellence award in 2018. His current research combines archival footage with new technologies and he is actively involved in the Daniels community. He is excited to bring his experiences working with youth and new media to the Digital Design Camp



Fees and Registration 

Register here

$440 for a 2-week half-day program or for a 1-week full-day program. 

All fees include a $50 non-refundable administrative fee.

Discounts are available for U of T staff, faculty, students, and alumni.   

Email for details. 

Cancellation Policy 

Registrants can cancel their application no later than June 1 and will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee per registrant per course/program cancelled. Refunds or credits are not available for any cancellation made after June 1. This is necessary to ensure that our instructors can be hired and trained in time for program delivery and are treated fairly with confirmed contracts. 

Registrations received after June 1 are considered final. Refunds or credits are not available for registrations received after June 1. 

Please see all our registration policies here




Thank you for your interest. If you have any questions about this program, please contact:

Nene Brode
Manager, External Relations and Outreach



Virtual Open House

Did you miss our Virtual Open House? 

Not to worry - the video is available below. Our curriculum developer and staff were on hand to help you learn more about the Daniels Digital Design Camp. 


“The instructors were extremely patient & clearly passionate about what they were doing.”

“I liked how we learned about different technologies and techniques on lots of platforms. I also liked how we worked on a real-world problem and got feedback from the KMBIA.”

“My child appeared to be quite engaged with the design process and the chance to get feedback, and really liked learning the hands-on tools.”




What should I expect to learn from these courses?
Specific learning outcomes from each course are outlined above.

How do I apply?
There is no application process. You register and pay fees to guarantee your seat in the program. It is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register here.

Is there a registration deadline?
We will accept registrations up to one week prior to the start date of the program. If you wish to apply within one week of the program start date, please contact 

How many people are in a course?
We maintain a ratio of 1:10 maximum per instructor with a maximum class size of 20 students with 2 instructors.

What happens after I register?
After you register and pay the fees, you will receive an automatic email from our registration software with a receipt. This guarantees your registration. Two weeks prior to the program start date, you will receive an on-boarding email with detailed instructions.

Can I receive a certificate of completion?
Yes, you may request a certificate of completion at the end of the course.


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