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Introduction to Architecture Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2019Also available in Cambridge

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


This Introduction to Architecture Oxford summer course introduces students aged 13-15 to the fascinating subject of architecture. Perfect for budding architects or those keen to learn more for general interest.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2019

  • 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 135 nationalities in 2018
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

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.

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

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 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?

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Accommodation

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 admin@oxford-royale.co.uk 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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