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Oxford Summer School 2018

Introduction to Architecture Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2018
We also offer a Summer Architecture Programme for 16-18s

The Oxford Royale Summer Schools Introduction to Architecture course has been designed to introduce students aged 13-15 to the fascinating subject of architecture. It teaches the secrets to building designs across the ages, ideal for expanding general knowledge, so that they’ll never look at a building in the same way again.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2018

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Practical study of some of Oxford's incredible architecture
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 130 nationalities in 2017
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

Oxford Royale Summer Schools's Introduction to Architecture course for ages 13-15 is the perfect study-abroad programme for architects of the future, residential on the campus of the University of Oxford.

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 course also provides an insight into possible future career paths within the field of architecture, giving students an understanding of what being an architect involves, including how architecture interacts with construction and engineering. At the end of the course, students will work on a design portfolio competition in a team with other students.

Set within the glorious city of Oxford with its outstanding architectural examples spanning many centuries, students will also be able to learn a great deal outside of the classroom, both during organised trips and free time.

Where could the Introduction to Architecture course lead you?

Why choose Introduction to Architecture for 13-15 years?

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.

How will Introduction to Architecture help me?

Attendance on the Introduction to Architecture course gives students another educational experience to talk about when they come to apply for university, showing admissions tutors that they are self-motivated and enthusiastic about learning. As well as the specific practical and technical skills students will learn on this course, they will also develop transferable skills that can be used at school, university and beyond. This includes working in a team with other students, communicating effectively and thinking spatially.

Is this course for me?

If you are interested in learning more about architecture, enjoy drawing, and love exploring sites of historical interest and beauty, then this course is for you.

Topics covered

This course teaches the fundamental elements of architecture required for pursuing further study of the topic at university and beyond. Through a variety of taught classes, skills-based workshops, and excursions to sites of architectural interest, students will explore the theories behind architecture as a practice, and architectural design. Architectural drawing practice is a key element in this course, and students will receive guidance from our expert teaching faculty in how best to solve structural issues in their own designs, before showcasing their work to their peers at the end of the course.

What will you get out of the Introduction to Architecture course?

By the end of the course, students will have spent over 40 hours being introduced to the fascinating subject of architecture. After spending time exploring the theories behind architectural drawing and design, students will venture out on a walking tour to explore the many architectural delights of the city and put their new-found skills into practice, producing a variety of architectural drawings they can add to their personal portfolio.

Welcome to the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

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.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

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 Oxford student might be like. 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 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.

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Introduction to Architecture for Ages 13-15 is residential in the following locations:

(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 registrations team)

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