Architecture Summer School in Cambridge

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Academic exploration for 13-15 years old

Programme Overview:

  • Programme: Architecture
  • Price: £4,495
  • Course Length: 2 weeks
  • Course Type: Residential
  • Locations: Cambridge, UK

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Summary

architecture summer school

Cambridge has had a strong impact on British architecture for centuries. From the solid, Brutalist design of the British Library, to the futuristic styling of the National Space Centre in Leicester, and the functional beauty of Heathrow’s Terminal 3— all of these iconic buildings were designed and built by Cambridge University alumni. For aspiring urban designers, there are few better places to learn the discipline than here, surrounded by the legacy of great architects, such as Sir Christopher Wren, James Stirling, and Foster and Partners to name a few.

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However, adjusting to campus life, keeping up with a rigorous study schedule, and learning to live independently can feel overwhelming for even the most determined learners. Which is why, at the two-week Immerse Education Architecture programme, students will be able to engage with first-year architecture material, reside at a Cambridge University College, and develop new skills as they work through a carefully constructed syllabus.

The programme is geared towards prospective undergraduate students who want to learn more about the world of architecture. After two weeks of instruction, students will leave the programme with a better understanding of the history and trends behind modern architecture, as well as the real-world challenges inherent in being a practicing architect today.

Summary

Architecture is a fascinating subject which encompasses academic and practical activities. Success in this field requires creativity, imagination and innovation, paired with environmental and technical expertise. Cambridge has had a strong impact on British architecture for centuries. From the solid, Brutalist design of the British Library, to the futuristic styling of the National Space Centre in Leicester, and the functional beauty of Heathrow’s Terminal 3— all of these iconic buildings were designed and built by Cambridge University alumni. For aspiring urban designers, there are few better places to learn the discipline than here, surrounded by the legacy of great architects, such as Sir Christopher Wren, James Stirling, and Foster and Partners to name a few.

Throughout the two-week Immerse Education Architecture programme, participants will tackle first-year university level architecture material, reside at a Cambridge University College, and develop new skills as they work through a carefully constructed syllabus which combines key architecture theory with practical experience.

The programme is geared towards prospective undergraduate students who want to learn more about the world of architecture. After two weeks of instruction, students will leave the programme with a better understanding of the history and trends behind modern architecture, as well as the real-world challenges of a practising architect. They will also take home a portfolio of their own sketches and designs, created over the course of the fortnight. 

Immerse is an inspirational academic programme for the intellectually curious.

Architecture Summer School Key Facts

Discover advanced topics and the fundamentals of architecture theory

Learn to “see architecture” on a guided tour of the city of Cambridge

Understand how history and legacy impacts modern architecture styles and trends

Put together a working design and proposal for a real-life project while developing key technical skills

Have your work critically reviewed by architecture experts

Learn how to craft a winning portfolio and understand how to present your skills in a professional context

Topics Covered

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We create our programmes with experience in mind and to that end, we aim to give our participants an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. Not only will they gain an in depth understanding of theory of architecture, but also get some hands on experience putting their own designs to paper.

Participants will learn about the skills and practices needed to be brilliant architects and learn about the various movements that have shaped some of the world’s most beautiful cities. They’ll have the chance to examine some of Cambridge’s beautiful punt stations and then, under the guidance of our expert tutors, use their imagination and creativity to design their own. Finally, participants be able to walk and sketch through the historic City of Cambridge to gain inspiration, and expand their minds with a fascinating tectonic workshop.

Below you can find a list of engaging, relevant topics featured in our innovative Immerse Architecture course in Cambridge:

  • Walk and sketch through Cambridge
  • A hands-on project: Design your own punt station
  • Expand your mind with a tectonic workshop
  • Use history and get some perspective

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Topics Covered

Practical experience is crucial to successful architectural designs, and we create our Architecture programme with project-based learning at its centre. Not only will participants gain an in depth understanding of the theory of architecture, but also acquire hands on experience by crafting their own design ideas.

Participants will explore the skills and practices needed to become brilliant architects and learn about the various movements that have shaped some of the world’s most beautiful cities. They’ll have the chance to examine some of Cambridge’s beautiful punt stations and then, under the guidance of our expert tutors, use their imagination and creativity to design their own. Finally, participants will walk and sketch through the historic City of Cambridge to gain inspiration, and expand their minds with a fascinating workshop on tectonics.

      The Immerse Architecture programme covers a unique mix of important
      theory and practical knowledge. Learn more about the topics covered in this
      course by requesting a free course syllabus

      Course Outcomes

      Completing the Immerse Education Architecture programme can be an eye opening experience for anyone considering a future as an architect. The knowledge and skills gained here are fundamental, giving students a significant head start if they decide to study architecture at university. However, as with most Immerse Education programmes, the Architecture programme is designed to leave students with much more than just new knowledge about urban design.

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      Instead, the programme also helps students get comfortable with the new routines and responsibilities of university life. For example, each programme participant will stay in a Cambridge University College throughout their studies and will take part in workshops designed to get them familiar with the admissions processes at major universities. They’ll also be expected to take responsibility for their studies and schedule— essential skills for any university student.

      Finally, students will learn about life as an architect after university. Through a series of hands-on activities, each student will prepare, critically examine, and develop their own personal architecture portfolio. They’ll even work independently on a mock proposal for a real-world project, preparing as if they were pitching a real client. It’s this well-rounded, holistic approach to teaching architecture that makes Immerse an invaluable experience for young would-be architects.

      In completing the course, students will:

      • Theoretical Principles of Architecture
      • History of Architecture in Europe
      • Principles of Design and Space Planning
      • Planning Law
      • Building Control Regulations
      • Project Design/ Create a design portfolio for a team competition
      • Architectural Drawing Practice
      • Practicals

      Students on this course will receive personalised feedback from their tutors about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

      Course Outcomes

      Completing the Immerse Education Architecture programme is an inspirational experience for anyone considering a future as an architect. The knowledge and skills gained during the course are fundamental to giving students a significant insight into what university study will entail. However, as with most Immerse Education programmes, the Architecture programme is designed to leave students with much more than just new knowledge about urban design.

      The programme also helps students get comfortable with the new routines and responsibilities of university life. For example, each programme participant will stay in a Cambridge University College throughout their studies and will take part in workshops designed to get them familiar with university life and the skills needed to thrive. They’ll also be expected to take responsibility for their studies and schedule— essential skills for any university student.

      Finally, participants will learn about life as an architect after university. Through a series of hands-on activities, each student will prepare, critically examine, and develop their own personal architecture portfolio. They will also work independently on a mock proposal for a real-world project, preparing as if they were pitching it to a client. It’s this well-rounded, holistic approach to teaching architecture that makes Immerse an invaluable experience for young would-be architects.

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      In completing the course, students will have gained insight into:

      • Theoretical Principles of Architecture
      • History of Architecture in Europe
      • Principles of Design and Space Planning
      • Planning Law
      • Building Control Regulations
      • Project Design/ Create a design portfolio for a team competition
      • Architectural Drawing Practice
      • A range of exciting practicals

      Students in this course will receive personalised feedback from their tutors about their performance, the material covered, and even a list of individualised suggestions for further study.

      Timetable

      The Immerse summer programme schedule is packed with a wide range of unique academic and extracurricular activities.

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      Participants start off the day with breakfast in the main college dining hall, with a variety of continental and hot breakfast choices available. This is followed by the first academic session of the day, which takes place in a seminar or lecture format. Participants are then guided to lunch at some of Cambridge’s finest sandwich bars and cafés, and are welcome to explore the city in small groups. Following lunch, academic sessions continue in the format of small tutorial groups or workshops. After all the core academic sessions are finished, students are treated to one of a wide range of excursions and cultural activities, including punting, museum visits and sports activities. A three course dinner in the college dining hall is then followed by an evening social event to help participants wind down and socialise after a packed day.

      The timetable shown to the side offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

      Timetable

      The timetable shown below offers an insight into the typical daily schedule, although this may vary depending on the events planned on the given day.

      A typical day

       
       
      08:00 - 09:30
      Breakfast
      09:30 - 11:30
      Morning academic session
      11:30 - 13:30
      Lunch
      13:30 - 15:30
      Afternoon academic session
      16:00 - 18:00
      Academic workshop / Afternoon activity
      18:00 - 19:15
      Dinner
      19:30 - 22:00
      Evening social event

      Graduation & Participant Assessment

      The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment...MORE

      ...that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

      We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

      Graduation & Participant Assessment

      The final evening of the programme celebrates the achievements of each participant in a graduation ceremony that's followed by a Gala Dinner. 

      Throughout the Cambridge summer programme, our Immerse tutors will monitor student engagement with the topics that they have been taught. Once the programme has finished, the tutor will write a Participant Assessment that will evaluate how the participant responded to the materials they were introduced to, what progress they made during the sessions, and offer recommendations on how to most effectively advance participant's understanding and interest in the topics that have been explored.

      We strongly believe that our Participant Assessments are crucial element of the learning process, and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education. 

      Ready to enrol?

      The Architecture Summer School is available on the following dates:

      28th July – 10th August 2019

      4th – 17th August 2019

      About the University of Cambridge

      The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities, founded in 1209 when a group of scholars left the University of Oxford. The history, influence and alumni of the university is world renown, having educated the likes of Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking and many more - including 118 Nobel laureates and 15 British Prime Ministers.

      Cambridge University is a group of 31 self-governing colleges that come under the overall ‘Cambridge University’ umbrella, each with its own distinctive character. This set up also makes it one of the most architecturally interesting and beautiful towns in the world, and walking down the streets of Cambridge it’s easy to see the varied mix of styles of the university colleges that dominates the town. All of our participants live and learn in the inspirational surroundings during the academic programme.

      Immerse Education's programmes in Cambridge take place in the beautiful colleges of the University of Cambridge. Immerse Education is not affiliated with Cambridge University.

      The Architecture Programme takes place in the following locations

      Queens' College
      University of Cambridge

      Queens' spans both sides of the River Cam and is connected by the famous mathematical bridge.

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      Founded in 1448

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      Individual bedrooms

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      Shared bathroooms

      Fitzwilliam College
      University of Cambridge

      Fitzwilliam has existed since 1869 was only recognised as a college from 1966. It counts 11 Olympians among its alumni.

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      Founded in 1966

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      Individual bedrooms

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      Shared bathroooms

      Colleges are allocated according to session preference and availability. To find out more, please email enquiries@immerse.education

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