Since The School of Design opened its doors in 1983, it has developed short intensive courses focused on art and design during the summer months—June, July, and August—and the winter month of January, for the general public. During this time, university students, high school students, recent graduates, young professionals, and art and design enthusiasts have participated in a selection of courses taught by seasoned and renown professionals in their respective fields.

These courses are designed to promote creativity and develop the technical abilities of students. They cover a variety of subjects such as fine arts, fashion, photography, film, interior design, landscape design, among others. The constant and growing participation of international students and educational institutions from South America, Canada, and the United States, has helped promote Altos de Chavón as an ideal destination for cultural and educational tourism.

Chavón’s tropical location, the quality of its academic program, and the reputation of its graduates have caught the attention of many of the design industry’s stars. The courses offered under Special Programs have ranged from the study of typography, to fashion illustration, from their popular and successful drawing courses taught by full-time faculty, to focused courses in interior design, photography, film, among others. The wide variety of courses offered, allows for a diverse public to converge at The School of Design campus and create a unique cultural and educational dynamic among faculty and students from both national and international provenance.


JUNE 30 TO JULY 1 2017 (2 DAYS)

Santo Domingo Campus

Learn to develop the pattern technique know as ”Subtraction Cutting” to make cuts and experimental garments that break the limits of the usual shapes.



Every year during the months of July and August, The School of Design holds its International Summer Program. This two-month period offers short intensive courses in the fields of Design, Photography, Fashion Design, Editorial Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Art Therapy, Film Production, Scriptwriting, Painting, Sculpture, among others.

The courses offered by the International Summer program give students the opportunity to create and enhance their portfolio for the purpose of admission to the School, and in turn opens the door to a wider audience – from young people in the process of going to college, to students pursuing careers in art and design, to emerging and established professionals and hobbyists. During the International Summer Program, a diverse audience of students converges in The School of Design, making it a dynamic environment among its national and international participants.

This year the Summer Program offers 3 main topics:
Drawing | Film | Photography
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