WashUCity Design Partnership

WashUCity field trip to Falk Harrison, spring 2015.

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The WashUCity Design Partnership is focused on teaching high school students to
use the principles of Communication Design to solve problems. The partnership was created between the Sam Fox School and University City High School during the 2002-03 school year. The emphasis is on helping the students develop communications skills, explore areas of specialization suited to their particular interests and skills, and understand a wide range of audiences.

Under the supervision of faculty and program organizers, undergraduate students develop curricula and teach selected communication design projects to classes of high school students. Lesson plans encompass learning about communication, visual form,
methodology, and technology.

Using the vehicle of a newly developed graphics class at the high school, the Partnership's goals are to give junior and senior Sam Fox School Communication Design majors the opportunity to:
• work with students in a high school classroom
• develop teaching and leadership skills
• deepen knowledge of the professional field

The goals for the high school students are to:
• introduce a broader view of how their careers may develop in communication design
• expand educational opportunities through visual learning in a variety of subjects
• allow creative students to realize their strength and intelligence through art

Currently, the program has grown to two classes at the high school, and the goal is expand to the middle-school level within the University City School District. Ultimately, the program would grow to include other University City High School non-art classes and other local school districts.

For more information, contact Liz Kramer at kramer@wustl.edu.