Architecture Summer School

An intense and immersive design experience at the Royal College of Art School of Architecture

The School of Architecture Summer School offers a challenging and fun programme of design studio experience, visits, lectures and skills training.

The five-day, intense programme is ideal preparation for Master’s study and will give students an opportunity to experience the environment and methodologies of design studies at the RCA while preparing material that can contribute to a design portfolio.

Based in London at our Kensington Campus, the studio uses the city as its testing ground.

Focused around a design project, students will work individually and in groups on design proposals in units supported by RCA staff and external contributors with a varied range of expertise.

The Summer School brings together theoretical reflection and hands-on production, pushing the participants both to develop their skills and to generate conceptual and physical products of the highest quality and standard for their portfolio.

New dates to be announced soon

Duration:  1 week

Location: Royal College of Art, Kensington

Fee: £1,250

What will I learn?

The Summer School is an immersive experience, supported by expert staff with opportunities for individual work and collaborative projects. In addition:

  • participants will learn through individual and group tutorials, group discussions, presentations and crits
  • studio teaching will be supported by site visits, lectures and seminars
  • each student will benefit from an individual portfolio review
  • workshops in making or drawing will be taught as appropriate to the brief.
How will I learn?
  • Work with leading design practitioners and educators to develop critical, creative and insightful practice
  • Experience the RCA model of studio teaching and practice to help develop design and presentation techniques whilst building an exemplary and competitive work towards a portfolio
  • Work collaboratively with a diverse range of colleagues from varied backgrounds, honing team-work and leadership skills
  • Excellent preparation for masters-level study or application to masters programmes

Participants will:

  • learn methods and techniques to conceptually elaborate a spatial  project and produce a supporting narrative
  • develop conceptual and critical thinking skills
  • acquire representation techniques in relation to a design proposal with a strong focus on design and representational  skills
  • improve their verbal presentation skills
  • develop strong work towards their portfolio and receive feedback on the development of a compelling portfolio

Who should attend?

The course is open to anyone interested in preparing for Master’s-level studies in spatial design. The course would benefit people with some experience of a design discipline (perhaps at undergraduate or recently graduated level).

The course will also be useful to students joining programmes in the School of Architecture or those considering study at the RCA in the future.

Programme team

The course will be delivered by staff from the School of Architecture across the MA Architecture, MA Interior Design and PhD programme. 

The School is led by Dean Dr Adrian Lahoud. Its staff of practising architects, researchers and theorists include Professor Graeme BrookerDr Tarsha FinneyDr Harriet HarrissIan HigginsBeth Hughes and Dr Godofredo Pereira.

Admission criteria

Participants must have:

  • an undergraduate degree in a design or a demonstrably creative background
  • a good level of English language

Application deadlines

Register your interest to download the full course description.

Our short courses are very popular and places fill quickly. We particularly advise early application if you will need a tourist visa to enter the UK. 


School of Architecture Executive Education
T: +44 (0)20 7590 4538


Register your interest to download the full course description.

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