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Set within the glorious city of Oxford and its historical dreaming spires, 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.
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.
By the end of the course, students will have:
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 you are interested in learning more about architecture, enjoy drawing and love exploring sites of historical interest and beauty.
Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.
Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.
As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.
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.
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.
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
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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.