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The Summer Architecture Programme introduces aspiring architects to key concepts and theories, whilst also providing an insight into what future study or a career in architecture will entail. A selection of classes and excursions will expose students to the history of architecture, as well as provide a culturally enriched programme. Planning, designing and spatial mapping skills will 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 will provide 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 will learn the principles of design, mapping, spatial planning and analysis skills essential to portfolio development. Excursions will also enable students to see the evolution of architecture, from historical spires to modern glass buildings. Importantly, students will be exposed to a career as an architect and will 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 will 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 will develop their skills of communication (both written and verbal), problem solving and analytical thought. The course could include a class visits to London or other 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 gain an impression of the undergraduate study of this fascinating subject.
Through a variety of homework tasks, presentations and focus problems, students will develop their skills of communication, problem-solving and analytical thought. The course could include a class visits to London, or other local cities, to witness the latest innovations in modern architecture and design
Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: What is Architecture?
Lesson 3: Walking tour and drawing workshop
Lesson 11: History and theory Lecture 3 : Modernisation in focus
Lesson 12: History and theory Lecture 4: Postmodernism in focus
Lesson 13: Design development
Lesson 4: History and theory Lecture 1: Classical to neo-classical
Lesson 5: History and theory Lecture 2: Neo-Classical to present day
Lesson 14: Workshop and introduction to Adobe Creative Suite
Lesson 15: Compile design proposal using Adobe CS
Lesson 6: Introduction to site mapping
Lesson 7: Site visit
Lesson 8: Technical Drawing Workshop
Lesson 16: Continue on individual projects
Lesson 17: Finalise technical drawings
Lesson 18: Finalise scale model of proposal
Lesson 9: Discussion of design brief
Lesson 10: Design development
Lesson 19: Documentation of material throughout course
Lesson 20: Workshop- How to compile a portfolio
Field tip 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 interested fascinated by the structures that make up our living environment, and would like to know more about their design and composition with a view to designing your own buildings and structures - or simply for general interest. You will also learn many great skills through the techniques applied while studying the discipline of Architecture, a discipline that is well-known and highly respected for its rigour.
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.
Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college - please contact our admissions team if you would like more information. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though in some cases en-suite facilities are available.
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 university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.
Students on this course:
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.
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.
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.
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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With an ORA summer course you also get:
(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)
What our students have to say
Read how Sara has returned year on year, experiencing different summer courses in Oxford and Cambridge.Read Sara's story
Read how Mifta's experience with us introduced her to lifelong friends from across the world.Read Mifta's story
An aspiring cinematographer, Rebecca joined us at the ISC for our Future Filmmakers Gap Year Programme.Read Rebecca's story
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Oxford Royale Academy is a part of Oxford Programs Limited, a company registered in England as company number 6045196. Registered office: 14 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF. The company contracts with institutions including Oxford University for the use of their facilities and also contracts with tutors from those institutions but does not operate under the aegis of Oxford University.