Access to Architecture Summer School

LocationMarylebone, Central London

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.

Parental consent

To attend this summer school you will need to complete a parental consent form. This form should 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 this form is not completed you will not be able to attend the summer school. Please contact us at [email protected] to request the parental consent form. If you have any problems filling in this form, please contact us.

Courses no longer available
Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
15 July 2019 3 full days Monday – Wednesday £130 No longer available
22 July 2019 3 full days Monday – Wednesday £130 No longer available

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

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


Download FAQs about the summer school (PDF).

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         Morning Afternoon
Day 1 Orientation and welcome Lecture
Ways of seeing – why do architects draw?

Studio group session
Architecture of the everyday: quick on the draw

Studio group building visits (central London)
  Studio group session
Architecture of the everyday: point and shoot
Day 2 Lecture
Studying architecture and interior architecture: a day in the life
Studio group session
Our Space
  Studio group session
My space
Some of my favourite things: a journey through the built environment
Day 3 Lecture
What makes a successful portfolio and personal statement
Working in architecture: the story so far
  Studio group session
Get making: studio project

Studio group session
Get making: studio project