Architecture Programme Overview:
Website: Oxbridge Online Research Programme https://www.immerse.education/oxbridge-online-research-programme/
Programme: Architecture university insights
Course Length: 2 weeks (4 and 8 week courses also available)
Course Type: Online
Architecture 1:1 Online Research Project
The Oxbridge Online Research Programme (‘OORP’) is designed for students who want to enhance their personal research and study skills in preparation for university, whilst also developing deeper knowledge in their chosen field.
Led by their personal tutor, students undertake a research project assessed at university-level and receive daily 1:1 supervision in addition to small-group academic skills classes. This course is ideal for students wanting to gain invaluable experience for writing a dissertation or thesis at university, whilst also familiarising themselves with the demands of an Oxbridge degree.We recognise that 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, we aim to provide an experience that helps participants imagine what it might be like to study at University level. Participants will be able to engage with first-year architecture material, experience Oxbridge-style teaching, and develop new skills as they work through a carefully constructed syllabus.
Architecture is a discipline that is seldom explored in typical high schools, yet it’s a fascinating art at the intersection of design and engineering. The Architecture programme is geared towards prospective undergraduate students who are interested in studying architecture at the university level, or who are simply looking to learn more about the world of architecture. During the programme, participants explore different architectural styles in addition to developing key skills, providing them with unparalleled insight into studying Architecture at the university level. After two weeks of guidance, 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.
Architecture Key Benefits
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
Develop a working design and proposal for a real-life project while learning key drawing/technical skills
Have your work critically reviewed by architecture experts
Learn how to craft a winning portfolio and understand how to present your ideas to a client
The Immerse architecture programme provides a broad overview of this exciting discipline, developing participants’ skills through an even mix of practical challenges and key theory.
Starting with the unique architecture of Cambridge University itself, participants will learn to explore the world around them with an architect’s eye: analysing their environment and identifying 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, participants will then move beyond theory, taking on increasingly demanding projects to help them more fully understand the material discussed in lectures. After the first few lectures and assignments, participants will take on the exciting task of designing a docking station for the punt boats seen throughout Cambridge. Finally, towards the end of the two-week course, they’ll take part in a ‘crit’ – perhaps the most popular way that architecture schools assess student work.
Architecture Course Outcomes
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 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 architectural drawings and have your work 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.
Throughout the Oxbridge Online Research Programme, 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 a crucial element of the learning process and reflective of our commitment to the highest standards of education.