Thinking Creatively Design Camp

Impact Area: Community, Education
Affiliation: Faculty

Kickstart the process to college, help talented high school students attend a 4-week, intensive Design Camp experience at Kean University.

$5,910 Raised out of $4,000
119 Funders
0 Days Remaining

What does your Campaign do?


FIVE truly talented and deserving high school students can attend the fabulous, four-week, Thinking Creatively Design Camp at Kean University.

How do these students get this opportunity?
YOUR contribution to the Camp scholarship fund.

Feel good. Donate any amount. None to small. It all helps.

Design Camp is both a career and creative journey. Camp students experience art direction, branding, graphic design, drawing, interior design and architecture, animation, industrial design, video production, photography, and web (and more!).  In addition, they learn about team-work, conceptualizing, and critique through lively discussion and hands-on projects guided by visiting professors from the many design disciplines.

The Campers go on field trips to the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC and to professional design studios to meet and talk to field designers. With the Camp experience, the students find their way in design, set goals for college, and walk away with confidence and creative juices flowing!

The Thinking Creatively Design Camp has been running very successfully for 4 years. Students from the camp are attending Kean and universities and art schools around the country. At this time, we would like to include talented, deserving students who can't afford the tuition.

Tuition is $1,000. For each scholarship raised, you may be supporting the next Milton Glaser, Michael Graves, or Jonathan Ive!  To apply, prospective camper / students will be nominated by their art or design teacher. The students then submit samples of their creative work for evaluation and a seat in the camp.

Donors will be able to follow student projects on the Design Camp Facebook page.
Help launch a college career? Support the Thinking Creatively Design Camp scholarship fund.

What is the issue you're addressing?

High school students with art talent don't necessarily understand that their special gifts can provide a pathway into college and, eventually, into rewarding careers. Talented students without financial resources are even less likely to imagine that college could and should be part of their plans. If we can fund scholarships for these students to attend the successful Thinking Creatively Design Camp, a summer camp that explores careers as well as expanding their creative thinking, we may put them on a path to college and career success.

The focus of the Thinking Creatively Design Camp is to explore what you can do with design and to learn the foundations of creative thinking. The campers work with Kean faculty, visiting professional designers, and art directors in a collaborative environment to develop original design solutions to real world assignments. They also go on field trips to professional design studios and meet and talk with professionals working in advertising design, graphic design, interior design, and industrial design. At the end, they see their own work displayed in an exhibition and virtually on the Thinking Creatively Design Camp Facebook group page. 

How will you use the funding that you gain from KeanLift?

Each $1000 covers tuition, supplies, field trip transportation, museum entrance fees, and lunches, so every $1,000 raised supports one student for the full 4-week camp. 100% of the funds raised will go directly to this project.

Please help them realize their dream of college and design.

Rose Gonnella
Executive Director, Robert Busch
Robin Landa
Distinguished Professor & Author
Christopher J. Navetta
Design Camp Instructor
Brian Oakes
Design Camp Instructor
Jessica Frabasile

About Rose Gonnella

Rose Gonnella is the Executive Director of the Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University in Union County and Ocean County, New Jersey, and Wenzhou-Kean University, China (2015). Rose has taught graphic design for over 25 years including courses in design theory, materials and techniques, and guided the school's web design curriculum. Rose serves on the executive board of the Art Directors Club of New Jersey (ADCNJ); She is the Director of the Kean University/ADCNJ "Thinking Creatively" design conference, as well as directs and guides the Kean Cre8tive, the RB/School of Design in-house graphic design studio. Rose is also a designer, writer, illustrator-artist. She has been awarded membership in two scholarly academic organizations: Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society in 1980 and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society in 2001. She has received grants from the Mid-America Arts Alliance International Residency Project, the Mid-Atlantic Residency Grant Project and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship. She has also received several awards from Kean University, including the Presidential Award for Distinguished Research/Creative Work, the Computers in Curriculum Released Time Award, the Alumni Association Grant, the Faculty-Student Research Award and the Alumni Association Teacher of the Year.

About Robin Landa

There is no one more concerned about the education of students than Robin Landa, Distinguished Professor of Design Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University. The proof is in her amazing oeuvre of publishing, including: Graphic Design Solutions, 5th edition Advertising By Design, 2e Build Your Own Brand: Strategies, Exercises & Prompts for Marketing Yourself Draw! The Guided Sketchbook that Teaches You How to Draw But there is more!

About Christopher J. Navetta

The Force is strong with this one.

About Brian Oakes

Professor, Media and Film Department

About Jessica Frabasile

Jessica is a fabulously creative graphic designer who has a specialty in materials and techniques. She has graduated from the Robert Busch School of Design. Jessica assisted with Design Camp and has lent her expertise to several projects. She wants the Kean design alumni to assist high school students in fulfilling their dream to become a designer by donating - even a small amount.

September 9, 2013 - Photos!

More photos have been added!

September 9, 2013 - Goal

Yes! We are more than halfway to our goal! Thank you!

September 5, 2013 - Visuals!

New photos have been added of this past Design Camp season. They include a group shot of the young and talented designers, as well as an overhead view of the workspace while the students were at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. This was an excellent experience for these students to learn more about the world of art and design!

September 5, 2013 - Closer to our Goal!

A BIG THANK YOU to ALL of our LIFTERS for helping us reach our goal! Much appreciation for helping talented and deserving high school students on their road to college and realizing their dreams.