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 students to the history of architecture, as well as providing a culturally enriched programme. Planning, designing and spatial mapping skills also ensure that students have an extensive architectural knowledge to aid them in future study in the discipline.
Taking place in the structurally fascinating and beautiful cities of London, St Andrews, Oxford or Cambridge, this two-week course provides students with a range of essential modern architectural skills, including technical drawing and model construction in manual and digital formats.
On Oxford Royale Academy’s Summer Architecture Programme, students learn the principles of design, mapping, spatial planning and analysis skills essential to portfolio development. Excursions also enable students to see the evolution of architecture, from historical spires to modern glass buildings. Importantly, students find out what’s involved in a career as an architect and gain a wealth of knowledge of the key theories and design terms. The basic concepts of construction and engineering will fascinate students on the course and underpin their future careers in, and studies of, Architecture.
Students learn vital and invaluable skills for the modern workplace, which they will be able to use long after they leave the summer school. Through a variety of homework tasks, presentations and focus problems, students develop their skills in communication (both written and verbal), problem-solving, and analytical thought. The course could include a class visit to London or another local city, to witness the latest innovations in modern architecture and design.
By the end of this course, students will have:
Students receive more than 20 hours of teaching per week, in classes of no more than 15. Lessons on architectural theory combined with skill-based workshops allow students to learn about all aspects of Architecture and find out about the undergraduate study of this fascinating subject.
The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change.
|Day||Week 1||Week 2|
|Monday||Lesson 1: Introduction||Lesson 11: History and theory Lecture 3: Modernisation in focus|
|Lesson 2: What is Architecture?||Lesson 12: History and theory Lecture 4: Postmodernism in focus|
|Lesson 3: Walking tour and drawing workshop||Lesson 13: Design development|
|Tuesday||Lesson 4: History and theory Lecture 1: Classical to neo-classical||Lesson 14: Workshop and introduction to Adobe Creative Suite|
|Lesson 5: History and theory Lecture 2: Neo-Classical to present day||Lesson 15: Compile design proposal using Adobe CS|
|Wednesday||Lesson 6: Introduction to site mapping||Lesson 16: Continue on individual projects|
|Lesson 7: Site visit||Lesson 17: Finalise technical drawings|
|Lesson 8: Technical Drawing Workshop||Lesson 18: Finalise scale model of proposal|
|Thursday||Lesson 9: Discussion of design brief||Lesson 19: Documentation of material throughout course|
|Lesson 10: Design development||Lesson 20: Workshop – How to compile a portfolio|
|Friday||Field trip or Guest Speaker||Lesson 21: Preparation of presentations|
|Lesson 22: Finalise and pin up presentations|
|Lesson 23: Final crit|
Take this course if you are fascinated by the structures that make up our living environment, and would like to know more about their design and composition.
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