Summer Studio: Discovering Graphic Design 2021

When & Where
4 Week Session
July 13 – August 5 2021
Tues & Thurs | 10AM – 1PM
Fairfield, CT

This summer, class is in session!

Application Deadline Extended: Friday, June 25, 2021

Summer Studio: Discovering Graphic Design is a free, four-week program for 10 talented Bridgeport rising high school juniors and seniors interested in the visual arts. Built to encourage emerging artists to exercise their creativity, Summer Studio teaches the basic principles, skills, and tools of great design while showcasing the possibilities of a career in the design industry.

Led by professionals, the program explores design challenges, like typography and composition, while giving students hands-on Adobe suite experience. Participants will complete three projects that let them flex their vision while implementing the real-world skills they’re gaining in Summer Studio.

All supplies will be provided, including laptops, software, meals, and transportation. Additionally, students will meet mentors in industries like media, entertainment, and advertising—opening career pathways where art is an option.

The Advantage

Benefits of Summer Studio: Discovering Graphic Design include hands-on learning tools like Microsoft Surface Pro laptops that participants can keep, as well as a 1-year subscription to the Adobe Creative Suite. Additionally, students will have access to professionals and mentors. Transportation and meals will be provided for class time. The estimated value of this program is $2,500, free to 10 Bridgeport rising high school juniors and seniors.


Tuesday, July 13 – Introduction to graphic design & Adobe

Thursday, July 15 – Exploration of graphic design foundations and masters, project work, and critique

Tuesday, July 20 –Introduction to Photoshop & photo editing

Thursday, July 22 – Exploration of digital media and project work

Tuesday, July 27 – Introduction to animation programs, tools and process 

Thursday, July 29 – Exploration of different animation types, project work, and critique

Tuesday, August 3 – Introduction to portfolios and how to showcase your talent through InDesign

Thursday, August 5 – Exploration of different portfolio types, project work, and critique

Sponsored by Haddad & Partners, a global creative agency based in Fairfield, CT.

A special thank you to Sacred Heart University for housing the summer studio program!

Interested in teaching or assisting this course?

Email Jacina Serbalik at for more information.

Your participation constitutes permission to use photos, audio and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional and educational purposes in connection with AIGA, corresponding publications, archives, and online.