Course summary

Would you like to experience what it is like being an architecture student? Do you want to study architecture or interior architecture at university? Do you want help preparing your portfolio? Do you want advice on your personal statement?

The University of a Westminster has one of the leading faculties of architecture in the UK with excellent studios, workshops and teaching staff located in central London. Our students have won many awards and go on to forge successful professional careers.

The Access to Architecture summer school is a three-day course aimed at helping you boost your skills and prepare your portfolio through a mix of creative 2-D and 3-D studio projects and building visits – supported by our experienced studio tutors. The course also includes taster mini-lectures and advice from our team on course choice and the all-important personal statement.

Many of our summer school students have gone on to win university places in architecture and interior architecture.

It is open to any 15-19-year-old interested in a creative future.

Course outcomes

After completing the summer school you will have a better understanding of:

  • what it's like to be an architectural student
  • how to choose the right university course for you
  • how to put together an impacting portfolio and personal statement
  • the skills involved in studying architecture and interior architecture


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Course structure

Below you will find the provisional schedule for the summer school.

Please note that the activities may change before the course start date, and should be used as a guide until the final programme is published.

Day 1


  • Orientation and welcome
  • Studio group session: Architecture of the everyday: quick on the draw
  • Studio group session: Architecture of the everyday: point and shoot


  • Lecture: Ways of seeing – why do architects draw?
  • Studio group building visits (central London)
  • Q&A

Day 2


  • Lecture: Studying architecture and interior architecture: a day in the life
  • Studio group session: My space


  • Studio group session: Our Space
  • Lecture: Some of my favourite things: a journey through the built environment

Day 3


  • Lecture: What makes a successful portfolio and personal statement
  • Studio group session: Get making: studio project


  • Lecture: Working in architecture: the story so far
  • Studio group session: Get making: studio project

How to apply

Parental consent

To attend our summer school, you'll need to complete a parental consent form. Just email us and we'll send you the form:

The form must be completed by your parent or guardian, and submitted to us before you make your booking. We need this information to make sure we know about any special requirements you may have.

If the form is not completed, you will not be able to attend the summer school. If you have any problems filling in this form, get in touch with us.



Portfolio and interview guidance

Watch our portfolio and interview guidance video for applicants to our undergraduate architecture and interiors courses.


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This course is taught at our Marylebone Campus in central London, within easy walking distance of Regent's Park and Marylebone High Street.

 Accessibility: Together with AccessAble, we have created online Disabled Access Guides for our buildings.