ARCHITECTURE

Architecture Summer School in Cambridge

ARCHITECTURE

Academic insights for 16-18 year olds

Programme Overview:

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

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The University 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, to 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 Architecture summer 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 are trying to decide what to pursue after high school, or who are simply looking 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 practising architect today.

Summary

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.

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 Architecture summer 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 are trying to decide what to pursue after high school, or who are simply looking 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 practising architect today.

Key Facts

Discover advanced topics such as axonometric and isometric drawing

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

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 drawing/technical skills

Have your work critically reviewed by architecture experts

Learn how to craft a winning portfolio and understand more about the university admissions process

Topics Covered

Studying architecture at an undergraduate level will introduce you to a wide variety of different skills and disciplines. To reflect this, the Immerse architecture curriculum strives to provide a broad overview of the field, developing your skills through an even mix of practical challenges and theory.

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Starting with the architecture of Cambridge University itself, you’ll learn to explore the world around you with an architect’s eye: analysing your environment and recognising how each building, structure, and feature has been influenced by Britain’s long history with urban design. Both traditional and contemporary styles will be covered, with particular attention paid to Palladian, Gothic Revival, and Modern architectural trends.

As the course progresses, you’ll then move beyond theory, taking on increasingly demanding projects to help you more fully understand the material discussed in lectures. After your first few lectures and assignments, you’ll then be tasked with designing a docking station for the punt boats seen throughout Cambridge. Finally, towards the end of the two-week course, you’ll take part in a “crit”, perhaps the most popular way that architecture schools assess student work.

The Architecture curriculum is multi-faceted, covering a wide range of important topics:

  • Functional Genomics
  • Epigenetics
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology
  • Pharmacology
  • Epidemiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Clinical Interpretation

Topics Covered

Studying architecture at an undergraduate level will introduce you to a wide variety of different skills and disciplines. To reflect this, the Immerse architecture curriculum strives to provide a broad overview of the field, developing your skills through an even mix of practical challenges and theory.

Starting with the architecture of Cambridge University itself, you’ll learn to explore the world around you with an architect’s eye: analysing your environment and recognising how each building, structure, and feature has been influenced by Britain’s long history with urban design. Both traditional and contemporary styles will be covered, with particular attention paid to Palladian, Gothic Revival, and Modern architectural trends.

As the course progresses, you’ll then move beyond theory, taking on increasingly demanding projects to help you more fully understand the material discussed in lectures. After your first few lectures and assignments, you’ll then be tasked with designing a docking station for the punt boats seen throughout Cambridge. Finally, towards the end of the two-week course, you’ll take part in a “crit”, perhaps the most popular way that architecture schools assess student work.

The Architecture curriculum is multi-faceted, covering a wide range of important topics:

  • Functional Genomics
  • Epigenetics
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology
  • Pharmacology
  • Epidemiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Clinical Interpretation

Course Outcomes

Completing the Immerse Architecture programme is an important first step for any new university student. The knowledge and skills gained here are fundamental, giving students a significant head start when they begin their undergraduate studies. However, as with most Immerse summer programmes, the Architecture programme is designed to leave students with much more than just new knowledge about urban design.

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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 this Immerse programme an invaluable experience for young would-be architects.

By the end of this programme students will::

  • Produce a detailed set of architecture drawings and have your worked reviewed
  • Learn how to participate in informed discussions about the architecture surrounding them
  • Develop a professional portfolio of your best work to help you apply to university
  • Take part in a mock proposal and learn how narratives are used to sell a project
  • Participate in a “crit”, the framework most universities use to mark work
  • Learn about the importance of sectional drawings and sketch your own
  • Understand the subtle differences in common architecture styles
  • Explore the use of notation, line weight, and other techniques to visually describe your ideas

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.

Course Outcomes

Completing the Immerse Architecture programme is an important first step for any new university student. The knowledge and skills gained here are fundamental, giving students a significant head start when they begin their undergraduate studies. However, as with most Immerse summer 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 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 this Immerse programme an invaluable experience for young would-be architects.

By the end of this programme students will:

  • Produce a detailed set of architecture drawings and have your worked reviewed
  • Learn how to participate in informed discussions about the architecture surrounding them
  • Develop a professional portfolio of your best work to help you apply to university
  • Take part in a mock proposal and learn how narratives are used to sell a project
  • Participate in a “crit”, the framework most universities use to mark work
  • Learn about the importance of sectional drawings and sketch your own
  • Understand the subtle differences in common architecture styles
  • Explore the use of notation, line weight, and other techniques to visually describe your ideas

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. 

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Ready to enrol?

The Architecture Summer School is available on the following dates:

7th – 20th July 2019

28th July – 10th August 2019

11th – 24th August 2019

The Architecture Programme takes place in the following locations

Christ's College
University of Cambridge

Originally formed as 'God's House', Christ's College was home to leading academics such as Charles Darwin.

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Founded in 1828

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

Sidney Sussex College
University of Cambridge

The site of much religious conflict during the English Reformation, Sidney Sussex has produced 5 Nobel Prize winners.

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Founded in 1596

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Individual bedrooms

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Shared bathroooms

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

St. Catharine's College
University of Cambridge

Once a small college called 'Saynt Kateryns Hall of Cambridge', St Catherine's is also known as 'Catz'.

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Founded in 1473

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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

Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Murray Edwards is one of three women only colleges in Cambridge, set in 14 acres of award winning gardens.

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Founded in 1965

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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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