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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
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.
Situated in the picturesque small town of St Andrews on Scotland’s east coast, the University of St Andrews is a short coach ride from Edinburgh and all its historic attractions, dining experiences and diverse shopping.
Students are accommodated in superior ensuite bedrooms, which are used by undergraduates during the university term. Famous alumni of the University of St Andrews include William and Catherine - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Students on the St Andrews summer school will experience life in a top UK university town whilst fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our St Andrews Summer School has to offer.
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. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridoor 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.
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(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)
What our students have to say
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Oxford Royale Academy is a part of Oxford Programs Limited, UK company number 6045196. 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.