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Our Architecture summer school offers students to gain a taster of what it’s like to study architecture in a carefully designed programme taught by expert architecture tutors from world-leading universities. It’s the unique opportunity to study a subject that is not studied in secondary schools and to gain an insight into some of the essential theoretical and practical foundations of this creative field. Expert tutors will introduce you to fundamental Architectural concepts, and will also develop technical drawing skills balanced with creative and conceptual skills. Find out more below!
Join our London summer school and immerse yourself in the thrill of studying with Summer Courses! Stay at one of the city's premier academic institutions, University College London (UCL), situated in the heart of Bloomsbury on Gower Street. UCL's campus offers convenient access to some of London's most iconic landmarks, including the British Museum, Covent Garden, and the world-renowned Oxford Street shopping district.
- 13 nights accommodation in central London
- Visits to leading industries
- 40 hours of project sessions from subject experts
- Real-world project workshops
- 1:1 Career Coaching
- Full and half day excursions to iconic London landmarks
- Formal dinner at a top London restaurant
- Graduation ceremony and certificate
- Detailed Career Development Plan from your personal coach
- Comprehensive summer school insurance
- Mentor family photograph
Our Career Insights accommodation, Astor College, is an award-winning dynamic facility which is also linked to University College London (UCL). This is the ideal place to stay if it excites you to be surrounded by world-leading education institutions.
Just a four-minute walk from Goodge Street Underground Station, and a twelve-minute walk from The British Museum, The British Library and Russell Square, the accommodation is perfectly located for social and cultural activities.
Participants stay in comfortable single, en-suite bedrooms with access to common rooms and social spaces with pool tables and quiet study areas, perfect for downtime.
Breakfast and dinner are provided in our accommodation by catering teams that provide meals for university students during term time. The staff are well accustomed to a variety of dietary requirements and will be happy to advise which foods are appropriate for you.
If you have a food allergy, we request that you speak to staff at mealtimes to confirm allergens as an additional precautionary measure, though your dietary information is shared with the catering teams in advance of your arrival.
Money we recommend that participants bring £80 per week to cover
lunch each day, plus any souvenirs that they may wish to purchase.
Various banks and ATMs are available throughout London, and Visa and
Mastercard are widely accepted.
Participants should arrive between 2 pm and 5 pm on the first Sunday of the programme. Our team will be ready and waiting to welcome you, register you, and show you to your accommodation. Please note that your accommodation may not be ready until 3pm.
If you are arriving at London Heathrow Airport, we are able to offer a shared airport transfer service. This is a chaperoned service departing from London Heathrow Airport Terminal 3 and travelling directly to the colleges in Cambridge/Oxford. Do not worry if you will be arriving to any other Heathrow terminal - our dedicated pastoral team will be there to meet you and escort to Terminal 3 for departure to your college
The transfers depart at 11:00, 14:00 and 17:00 on the Sunday of arrivals. On the final Saturday of the programme, the transfers to London Heathrow Airport depart at 07:00 and 12:00. This will be available to book for a fee per journey after enrolment.
Specific details, such as contact numbers, are shared with participants nearer the time of the programme.
If you are arriving at another airport, or by alternative means, further details about arrivals and departures are shared in your Welcome Pack, sent with your confirmation of enrolment.
To book the shared airport transfer service, which will cost £90.00 each way,
On this unique programme, you will explore real-world issues relating to the context of your chosen subject, working alongside other academically talented participants to innovate and pitch groundbreaking ideas. Interactive workshops and networking events offer you the opportunity to learn from professionals in the business. Participants have the opportunity to learn more about architecture from leaders in the field. Students will hear from speakers working at London’s top firms, they’ll get hands on with architectural modelling and experience the highlights of life as an architect. Overview
One of the most exciting parts of the Career Insights programme is the unique opportunity for participants to attend inspiring industry visits whereby you can interact and learn from industry professionals in your field of study. Industry visits take learning out of the classroom and into the real world, where you can observe and explore how the skills and knowledge built throughout the programme apply to a career in your subject. This unique aspect of our programme ensures students also gain the chance to network directly with industry professionals who may share with you opportunities you hadn’t otherwise envisioned.
You will explore concepts and share ideas in small groups of like-minded and ambitious peers from around the world. In classes averaging 7 students, you will be guided by expert project leads who offer an insight into their industry. Our rigorous vetting process guarantees that all participants are taught by engaging and supportive educators who are, most of all, enthusiastic about sharing their expertise to ensure our summer school teaching is of the highest quality. It is an unrivalled academic experience.
Architectural Design Development: This module will introduce you to the key principles of architectural design, from balance to rhythm, emphasis to contrast, to visual, proportion and scale. You will establish an understanding of the fundamental link between creative design, technological, environmental considerations, and social and historical context, and how these factors may influence an architectural design project.
**Architectural Design Realisation: **Your creative design skills will be pushed into the next stage of the design process in this module - the realisation of design concepts into technical details and visualizations. You will be tasked with bringing an idea to life, using architectural design software and design principles taught in the previous unit. This module is designed to challenge and advance your technical skills in the field.
**The Science of Materials: **In this module, you will be exposed to the scientific principles of materials used in architecture, engineering and construction. The goal of this unit is to build a firm understanding of the tools used in the field and the questions an architect may need to consider when pursuing a design concept.
Sustainable Refurbishment: This unit will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to identify refurbishment solutions that can improve a building’s performance, align it with future needs, and produce reports and record drawings of buildings. You will have the chance to examine current issues in relation to global warming and explore how modern architects are finding solutions to these complex problems in their designs. You will apply the knowledge and skills taught by producing your own sustainable refurbishment plan for a building of your choice.
Free-Hand Architectural Designs: Drawings are a means of communication that can solve many problems when it comes to representing an architectural space and its elements. Learn how to draw, by hand, an entire architectural design with basic graphical representations as well as different observational techniques and custom atmospheres. Floor plans, sections, facades, and different perspectives, are some of the elements you will be able to draw by the end of this module.
Introduction to Interior Design: Learn to develop an interior design project from a client’s vision to the detailed preparation of the final project. In this module, you will explore the world of interior design, form an understanding of how measurements and proportions work, as well as establishing the right criteria when selecting materials, lighting, colours, and textures for the best result.
Digital Illustrations: Ideas are brought to life in this module where you’ll learn how to portray spaces in a semi-realistic way, creating a bridge between the technical and the artistic. You will learn how to generate an illustrated presentation of an architectural project, focusing on two aspects, axonometric and pedestrian, to enable you to effectively communicate the idea behind an architectural project, with artistic flair. This part of the unit will inform your personal project as you build digital designs that will be a part of a design portfolio.
Collaging: Ideas are brought to life in this module where you’ll learn how to portray spaces in a semi-realistic way, creating a bridge between the technical and the artistic. You will learn how to generate an illustrated presentation of an architectural project, focusing on two aspects, axonometric and pedestrian, to enable you to effectively communicate the idea behind an architectural project, with artistic flair. This part of the unit will inform your personal project as you build digital designs that will be a part of a design portfolio.
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