Shintaro Akatsu School of Design Program for High School Students to run July 11 to 22

Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) at the University of Bridgeport will host summer sessions for high school students interested in developing their design portfolios from July 11 to 22.

Designed for students to explore various fields of graphic, interior, and industrial design and animation, the summer classes will feature team-based exercises taught by the same leading art professionals who teach the undergraduate courses at SASD.

The program also includes supervised social and athletic activities to take advantage of facilities at the University of Bridgeport.

Sessions are offered July 11 to July 15 and July 18 to July 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Tuition is $750 for one week and $1,300 for two weeks. SASD offers a limited number of $250 scholarships per week and discounts for children of UB staff and faculty. For more information, please go to

About SASD summer faculty:

  • Richard Yelle, director of SASD, is a noted leader in the field of industrial design who previously started product- and furniture design programs at Parsons School of Design in New York.
  • Emily Larned is chairman of graphic design at SASD whose work has been collected by more than 60 institutions, including the Tate Museum Library in London and the Brooklyn Museum of Design in New York.
  • John Kandalaft, chairman of interior design, has earned numerous citations for his work in interior design, including Outstanding Performance awards for overseeing the interior design of the GTE Corporation’s headquarters in Dallas, TX.
  • Gary Munch has designed typeface for Microsoft and Linotype. He is a former board member of TDC Type Directors Club of New York, where he also served as president and chairman.

About SASD: Established in 1949, SASD design programs emphasize the importance of practical, theoretical, and professional activities and practices in the various design fields. Students learn about the fundamentals and details of design; their application to real-world use; design’s impact on the user population; and the various means and methods needed to take their designs from concept to reality. SASD faculty and alumni have work for Delta, NBC, Unilever, and Crate & Barrel, Microsoft, and many other leading companies. SASD students have won many of the most coveted prizes awarded to student designers including: the $10,000 CTIA Wireless Fashion in Motion Award, first-place prizes from the Johnson & Johnson Student Contest, the $4,000 Grand Prize and other awards at the New York International Auto Show Automobile Safety Competition, and awards from Advertising Club of Connecticut and the Connecticut Art Directors Club.
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