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Introduction to Architecture Ages 13-15

Cambridge Summer School 2020Also available in Oxford

We also offer a Summer Architecture Programme for 16-18s

An Architecture summer course, residential in Cambridge University colleges, designed to inspire the budding architects of the future.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Cambridge
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Practical study of some of Cambridge's incredible architecture
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2020
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

Set within the glorious city of Cambridge and its inspiring buildings, Oxford Royale Academy’s Introduction to Architecture course is the perfect study-abroad programme for architects of the future. Students will be able to learn a great deal both inside and outside of the classroom, with organised trips and workshops.

Students will be introduced to the theoretical principles of architecture and given a grounding in the history of architecture in Europe. They will learn about numerous aspects of architecture, including the principles of design and space planning. Students will also learn about concerns such as planning law and building control regulations, and gain practical skills in project design by trying their hand at architectural drawing and constructing manual and digital architectural models.

What to expect from the Introduction to Architecture course

The Oxford Royale Summer Schools Introduction to Architecture course for students aged 13 to 15 is designed to expand their general knowledge of architecture in an enjoyable, interactive environment. The course will help students decide whether or not architecture is a subject they might want to pursue at university and as a career. Getting an idea of their long-term study plans at this early stage in their education is helpful, as it means students can tailor their subject choices over several years to give you the best chance of a successful application.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • Spent over 40 hours being introduced to the fascinating subject of architecture
  • Ventured out on a walking tour to explore the many architectural delights of the city and put their newfound skills into practice
  • Produced a variety of architectural drawings they can add to their personal portfolio
  • Created a design portfolio for a team competition
  • Improved skills such as working in a team with other students, communicating effectively and thinking spatially.

Topics Covered

  • Theoretical Principles of Architecture
  • History of Architecture in Europe
  • Principles of Design and Space Planning
  • Planning Law
  • Building Control Regulations
  • Project Design (drawing and constructing manual and digital architectural models)
  • Architectural Drawing Practice

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.

Week 1 (Scroll right for week 2) Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Introduction Drawing exercise
Lesson 2: What is Architecture?
Lesson 3:Explanation of Main Project
Lesson 4: Egg Charette –design stage
Lesson 5: Egg Charette –building stage
Lesson 16: Introduction to 3D Modelling
Lesson 17: Main Project: design stage using 3D Digital modelling techniques
Lesson 18: Main project
Tuesday Lesson 6: Fundamentals of architecture
Lesson 7: Drawing workshop
Lesson 19: How to compile a presentation board
Lesson 20: Compiling presentation boards
Wednesday Lesson 8: Drawing tour
Lesson 9: Drawing tour
Lesson 10: Project focus
Architecture tour in London
Thursday Lesson 11: Introduction to collage
Lesson 12: Collage workshop
Lesson 21: Final Crit
Lesson 22: Final Crit
Friday Lesson 13: Introduction to model making
Lesson 14: Model Making Workshop
Lesson 15: Presenting Models and Assignment hand-in
Lesson 23: City Master plan group design and building project
Lesson 24: ...continued
Lesson 25: City Master plan project completion

Take this course if...

Take this course if you are interested in learning more about architecture, enjoy drawing and love exploring sites of historical interest and beauty.

Welcome to the City of Cambridge - your home this summer

students walking through a small street in front of the King's College, Cambridge

Cambridge has been recognised for centuries as one of the most beautiful academic locations in the UK. With its soaring gothic buttresses, green lawns, gently meandering river, and quiet little coffee shops, Cambridge has a lot to offer in terms of quality of student experience.

Students will live, dine and study in a college of the University of Cambridge, providing them with the ideal opportunity to discover what life in a top UK university is really like. Students can immerse themselves in the teaching of knowledgeable academics, many of whom have studied at top UK institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford. They will have plenty of opportunity to explore the city in their free time, and take part in educational excursions in and around Cambridge.

Students residential in Cambridge will experience life in a top UK university city, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our Cambridge Summer School has to offer.

A Cambridge college dining hall
Punts lined up on the River Cam in Cambridge
Students smiling at the camera in front of the King's College, Cambridge?

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college (please contact our registrations team if you would like more information on this). Twin rooms are strictly shared by students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard for undergraduates studying at the university, so students are able to get a taste of what being an undergraduate student might be like at Oxford or Cambridge. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, however in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss their course. Each campus has members of staff who are residential throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on [email protected] and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.

Guest Lectures & Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates, involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.

Coach Excursions

The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include at least one coach excursion to places of historical and social significance in the UK.

Extracurricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.

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(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our admissions team)

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