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Architecture Summer School

Architecture Summer School 2021

Study Architecture in the surroundings of some of world’s most iconic university cities. Live, dine and study on the campus to get an authentic taste of university life while immersing yourself in centuries of architectural heritage.

Why study Architecture

Flourish in a world of creativity and let your imagination run wild with Oxford Royale Academy’s highly-acclaimed Arts Summer School programme. Find the perfect course for you: from film studies to drama to photography and sketching. Our creative and highly interactive teaching will help you engage with your subject, encourage self-expression and will give you the confidence to explore your interests further.

Whether you’d like to study Film in the setting for countless TV shows and movies, explore architecture surrounded by beautiful buildings, or delve into creative writing our summer school locations are an ideal place to be. At Oxford Royale Academy, we love helping you get to know our wonderful locations as you study with us. You’ll be able to take inspiration from beautiful surroundings in Oxford, Cambridge, London, Ascot or Uppingham in England, St Andrews in Scotland, and Yale in the US, as well as from the revered artists, composers, architects and writers who once inhabited and left their mark upon these amazing locations.

Find the perfect Architecture course

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Architecture Summer School in Oxford

Join our Introduction to Architecture course, and fast-track your future as a world-class architect. You'll get to know the core principles of architecture, including design and space planning.

Glass-fronted skyscraper - Architecture Summer School

Architecture Summer School in London

The Summer Architecture Programme introduces aspiring architects to key concepts and theories, while also providing an insight into what future study or a career in Architecture entails.

Glass-fronted skyscraper - Architecture Summer School

Architecture Summer School in St Andrews

The Summer Architecture Programme introduces aspiring architects to key concepts and theories, while also providing an insight into what future study or a career in Architecture entails. A selection of classes and excursions introduces you to the history of architecture, as well as providing a culturally enriched programme.

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Oxford's Art and Architecture Summer School in Oxford

The course is divided into six separate classes, with each session following similar format. After approximately thirty minutes of classroom learning on a particular artistic period or style, you'll embark on a ninety-minute walking tour of Oxford’s buildings, colleges, art collections and museums, observing ‘case studies’ which illustrate the period under discussion.

5 reasons to choose the Arts Summer School

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Inspiring settings

Find artistic inspiration everywhere in your chosen location; from exploration of its world-famous sights, to the unexpected quirky gems to be found in its forgotten nooks and crannies. Whichever location you choose, you’ll be in good company. Feel the echoes of the past and visit the favourite haunts of world-famous names, such as writers CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, or architect Christopher Wren.

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An authentic experience of a first-class university

Experience the enviable lifestyle of a student at one of the world’s best universities: study, dine and spend your leisure time in colleges steeped in history and bursting with creative inspiration, and become a part of it. Imagine your favourite artists, writers, architects and poets wandering these very same buildings, and experience the things that inspired them. Feel the curiosity and intellectualism in the air wherever you go.

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Passionate teachers

Achieve your potential with the guidance of highly-experienced teachers who deliver classes that are engaging and stimulate creative exploration – so that no two days are the same. Enjoy a diverse schedule of learning through practical demonstrations and workshops, group trips to notable sights, and intellectual discussion with peers. Try out your new-found skills, guided by your passionate teachers.

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Explore career options in the Arts

Career paths in the artistic sphere are often less obvious than those of more traditional subjects. As part of an ORA Arts programme, you’ll be given an invaluable understanding of the various career possibilities available to you in a competitive industry, as well as support in the creation of a professional portfolio or application to a top-tier university.

Multi-cultural students at the university

Sharing of ideas and culture

The sharing of ideas is particularly important for growth in Arts subjects. We actively encourage our international mix of students to discuss, debate and critique work with their peers; learning from each other’s cultures and experiences specific to their respective countries.

Study the Arts in the world's most prestigious universities or top UK boarding schools

Useful Information

Information for Parents

Visit our parents page to find some useful information for parents and students about living and studying in our summer school centres. Further practical information will be made available through the ORA Portal in the months leading up to your summer school booking.

Pastoral Care

Over 15 years of delivering world-class summer programmes, we have established robust processes and structures to ensure all of our over 25,000 students have been well looked after during their stay with ORA. We pride ourselves on the exceptional levels of pastoral care we provide to our students

Medical Care and Insurance

All students must be comprehensively insured for their time with Oxford Royale Academy. Details of insurance available through ORA for our 2021 programmes will be announced in due course. If you would like further information on course insurance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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COVID-19 Response

As members of the British Safety Council, student safety is our top priority. Our coronavirus measures go beyond the latest UK government and Public Health England guidance, and as a minimum, guarantee a number of key features.

Arrivals and Departure

Welcome to the Summer School Arrivals and Departures Hub. Here you can find all the information you need prior to departure including information about flights, transfer options and other important information regarding your arrival and departure.

What to Pack

You will receive a Welcome Pack after you enrol. Your Welcome Pack will provide a full list of what to pack and which personal items and travel documents you will bring with you when you join the programme

Summer Blogs

Check out some of the best moments from our 2019 summer school through our student blogs. Get a taste of the ORA summer school experience through the pictures and words of our students as they describe the highlights of their summer programme

Visas and Immigration

Students are responsible for obtaining their own visa prior to travelling, but can request assistance from Oxford Royale Academy if required. You can find some helpful information here

Any questions?

Check out our FAQs

How do I book a place on the course I want?

Once you have decided which course you would like to attend, you can book online using our secure booking system. Once your application has been submitted, you will be sent an email confirming that it has been received.

If you prefer, you can download an Application Form by clicking here. You can return the Application Form to us by any of these methods:

  • Scan and email to [email protected]
  • Fax to +44 (0) 845 280 01 22
  • Post to Oxford Royale Academy, Yarnton Manor, Church Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1PY, UNITED KINGDOM.

Once your booking has been processed by one of our members of staff, you will receive email confirmation of your place on the course of your choice. A Welcome Pack will be available to download from the ORA Portal from April. If at any time you would like to discuss your booking with a course advisor, please feel free to email [email protected] or call us on +44 (0) 1865 954 800.

How do I pay for my course?

All courses require a deposit payment to secure the booking. For Summer 2021, this is £995 GBP for all two-week courses for ages 13+, and £395 for one-week courses for 8-12 years. You may either pay the full course fee when you book your place, or pay the deposit amount and then the balance at a later date. The balance clearance is required at least 60 days before the start date of the course. Where the student is booking less than 60 days before the start date, the balance must be covered in full.

New online enrolments will require a Debit or Credit Card payment of at least the deposit amount. If you would like to enrol and make your deposit payment via Bank Transfer, please contact our Admissions team, who will be happy to assist you in doing so. ([email protected])

Payments for existing enrolments can be made via a number of methods, including domestic and international bank transfer, credit or debit card, as well as local payment options; please log in to your ORA Portal and click on the ‘Pay Now’ button on your booking details.

What do my course fees include?

All course fees include the following:

  • Classes and tuition (20 taught hours per week)
  • Study files/materials
  • Guest lectures by academic speakers
  • Personalised academic reports and graduation certificate
  • Accommodation in your chosen location (see our accommodation page for the specific colleges and locations)
  • Meals in the Hall
  • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
  • Daily updates for parents and family on the ORA campus blogs
  • A wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
  • Coach excursions
  • Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
  • A multitude of extras, including an ORA notebook and branded clothing
Will I receive a graduation certificate?

Yes, students will be awarded an Oxford Royale Academy Graduation Certificate in their chosen course upon satisfactory completion of the course. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the course.

Will I have to share a room/facilities?

Most of our accommodation sites offer a mix of single and twin bedrooms, with some campuses having en-suite bedrooms available and others have shared bathroom facilities between a small group of same-sex students. If you have a particular preference for a certain room type, you can make a request on booking, which may be granted subject to availability. If a particular room type is required for medical reasons, please contact our Admissions Team who will be able to check availability on different sites, depending on the course chosen.

Sharing your room with fellow students is a great way of getting to know people and making friends.

How secure are the campuses?

All our programmes take place in a secure environment. Our students are supervised 24 hours a day by campus staff. All students must check-in regularly during the day: at roll-call at breakfast; at their morning classes; in the afternoon for lessons, workshops or activities; at dinner and in the evening before curfew. All campuses have a curfew.

Each campus office has its own safe where students may deposit items of value such as passports, travel documents, bank cards etc.

All campuses have residential staff who can be contacted 24 hours a day.

Do I need a visa to travel to the UK/US?

If your country is part of the EU or the European Economic Area you will not require a visa to enter the UK. It is always safest to check whether you need a visa with the relevant authorities.

Students attending our USA Summer Schools may be able to enter the USA on the Visa Waiver programme – we can provide individual support on request for those that do need a visa.

I want to change to another course or study option. Is this possible?

If you wish to change your course or study options (including dates), please do not hesitate to contact us. However, changes to courses are always subject to availability. For this reason, it may be more difficult for us to accommodate any changes requested less than 60 days before the course start date.

If I need to cancel my booking, will I get my money back?

Oxford Royale Academy’s terms and conditions for refunds are as follows:

Any cancellation must be received in writing and can only be on the following terms:

no refund of deposit will be made under any circumstances, once the two-week cooling-off period has concluded;
for cancellations before your course start date, the remainder of the course fees less the deposit amount will be proportionally refunded as per the table below:

Period Before Start Date Total refunded
120+ days 100%
90-119 days 50%
45-89 days 10%
0-44 days 0%
I want to attend one of your English language courses: how will you know what my level of English is and what sort of tuition I need?

All students registered to attend our English Language courses will be required to take an English Language Placement Test, which will assess the relative abilities of each student. Students are then placed into ability groups based on the results of their assessment, and the material that they study is tailored to the level of the class.

Once you have booked your place on a course we will send you information on how to take our online Placement Test. This test should take approximately one hour and should be taken by the student at least one month prior to their arrival date.

Please note that Oxford Royale Academy English courses do not cater for beginners in English.

Can I take more than one course?

It is certainly possible to take more than one course and combine a variety of study programmes. This can be done in two ways:

  • Enrol on two different programmes. For example, you may wish to have two weeks on the Broadening Horizons course and then two more weeks on the Oxford Enterprise Programme.
  • Enrol on the same programme twice, but choose different subject options. For example, you may wish to have four weeks on the New Perspectives course, choosing Creative Writing & Experimental Psychology for the first two weeks, followed by Human Biology and Physics & Chemistry for the second two weeks. Four-week courses include New Perspectives, Broadening Horizons and Oxford Summer English only.

Students staying for two consecutive sessions will be provided with accommodation for the Saturday night, and their campus will provide supervised activities between their first session ending and second session starting. Should you have any queries about how to take more than one course please do not hesitate to contact us.

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