What will Design Your Future teach me?

Our goal is to teach students a design process to build critical thinking skills widely applicable to any creative field. Projects examine spatial design in particular, including lessons on space, material, and human behavior. At the end of the two week session students should be familiar with basic spatial design concepts, drafting, model making and how to approach creative problem solving. They will also be introduced to other two dimensional representational techniques such as sketching, collage, 

What is a typical day like for a Design Your Future Student?

Design Your Future is an intensive workshop experience. Students and faculty meet together from 10:00AM to 4:00PM every week day and also meet for a field trip on the weekend in the middle of the course. During those hours students work in studio developing projects in a focused, hands-on way with one-on-one instruction from Marywood University School of Architecture (MUSOA) faculty. They will also receive daily lectures on design theory, architectural history, professional practice, and the creative process from MUSOA faculty, visiting professors from Columbia University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania State University and the University of New Mexico, industry professionals from local firms with national reputations such as DxDempsey, and a full time teaching assistant.

In addition to the typical work days students go on one local field trip each week to tour Scranton architectural sites and local Architecture and Interior Architecture firms. There is also a weekend field trip for fun and relaxation.

What is the student to faculty ratio for the Design Your Future workshop?

The student to faculty ratio is usually around 6 to 1. In addition there is a full time teaching assistant to help students.

How much does Design Your Future cost?

Tuition for resident students for the two week workshop is $1,750. Commuter student tuition is $950. Cost of a double occupancy dorm room, three meals a day, linens, and access to a resident assistant are supplied by Marywood University for all students paying the Residence Tuition costs. Commuters tuition includes lunch at the cafeteria to cultivate group dynamics throughout the day.

What is included in tuition costs?

Tuition covers expenses of studio equipment and materials which students get to keep after the workshop is over. These include:


  • adjustable triangle
  • tape dots
  • X-acto knife
  • X-acto knife blades
  • trace paper
  • sketchbook (8 1/2 x 11 minimum)
  • sandpaper lead pointer
  • compass
  • protractor
  • 8” and 10” triangle
  • eraser
  • eraser shield
  • dusting brush
  • architect scale
  • drafting pencil lead holder
  • lead (4H and H)


  • 1 ply chipboard sheets
  • 2 ply chipboard sheets
  • bristol paper sheets
  • basswood micro-lumber
  • basswood sheets

Field Trip expenses (including, but not limited to):

  • van rental
  • museum and park admission fees
  • public transportation fees

Possible Evening and Weekend Entertainment:

  • movie rentals
  • snacks
  • dinner picnic
  • miniature golf outing
  • bowling
  • trip to the mall

Resident Tuition also includes:

  • double occupancy room
  • three meals a day
  • sheets and towels
  • access to Resident Assistant

Commuter Tuition also includes:

  • Lunch (mandatory to sustain and cultivate group dynamics)

Where do students go to school after attending the Design Your Future program?

Students who participate in our workshop have gone on to attend several major universities and architecture programs. A few include:

  • Cornell University
  • East Carolina University
  • Marywood University
  • Notre Dame University
  • Syracuse University
  • Penn State
Do commuter students need to pay extra for the extracurricular activities?

Many of our extracurricular activities are included in the cost of tuition for both resident and commuter students. There are some activities that have additional costs associated with them for all students, however, and commuter students would have to pay the same amount as a resident student would to participate.