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Art and Architecture Summer Course in London Ages 16-18

London Summer School 2020
Also in Oxford

Part of the BROADENING HORIZONS Programme


Study Architecture with our London Summer School 2020. This course offers students a brisk and lively introduction to the history of European art and architecture, to endow students with the skills needed to critically engage with works.

2 or 4 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Residential in Imperial College, London
  • An inspiring history of Art & Architecture summer course taught by experts.
  • Combine this course with other options - tailor your programme
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities at ORA in 2019

Course Summary

London is as architecturally diverse as it is culturally, and students attending this architecture summer course in London will enjoy exploring its many diverse streets and buildings. Students will explore how changes in London's architecture reflect changes in the way Londoners have lived through the centuries, from the Saxon era to the epoch of the Kings and Queens through to the British Empire and the modern day, with its extraordinary architectural examples such as The Shard.

In addition to major landmarks, from the Houses of Parliament to The Gherkin, students will also investigate some of the hidden secrets of London's architecture, interspersed between the edifices of glass and steel that comprise London today. From the Renaissance, to the soaring Neoclassical, to Victorian Gothic, to Post-Modern galleries and museums, and even Imperial College London itself - the host venue for ORA's London Summer School 2018 - students will explore how the tides of history have shaped the buildings of this ancient and eclectic city, and made it what it is today.

Each day, students will spend approximately the first thirty minutes of their studies learning about a particular period or style in London’s architectural history.

What will you get out of the London's Art and Architecture Summer Course?

This course is intended to offer students a brisk and lively introduction to the history of European art and architecture, with particular attention to London’s unique heritage. Students are given practical experience of visiting specific buildings and art collections in London, and are endowed with the basic critical apparatus needed to engage critically with the works they observe.

The Broadening Horizons Programme

This subject is part of the Broadening Horizons course at Oxford Royale Summer Schools’s Imperial College London summer school.

The Broadening Horizons course, for students aged 16 to 18, is suitable both for those who are trying to decide what to pursue in further education, and for those who simply want to learn about a variety of interesting subjects: 30+ study options are available!

Students choose two morning classes and one afternoon workshop to provide a diverse and stimulating curriculum that is tailored to their needs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or try out something new. Students studying Broadening Horizons in London get the chance to live and learn in Imperial College London - one of the UK's most prestigious academic institutions, right in the heart of London.

Learn more about and apply for the Broadening Horizons Programme in London

Expectations and Pre-requisites

Students are not expected to have any familiarity with the history of art or architecture before taking this course; however, students who have already studied such topics should nonetheless find plenty to interest them, especially if they are keen to explore how what they have already learned is reflected in the diverse heritage of London. Students will all bring their own insights from the artistic traditions of their respective countries, so entering debate and making contributions for the benefit of the whole class is strongly encouraged.

Choose your options and apply for Broadening Horizons in London

The Broadening Horizons programme - our flagship summer course - allows you to combine different subject options to enable a flexible, tailored programme that best suits your academic needs

To view other options, select your choice of options and apply, please visit the main Broadening Horizons Programmein London page

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