2017 Summer Programs in Architecture
Do you want to study architecture? Are you ready to start your journey to becoming an architect? If so, you should look into attending one of the over 100 summer architecture programs across the country and abroad. Participating in one of these exciting, hands-on programs is a great way to see learn more about architecture as a major, and as a career path.
Below are some factors to consider as you research which program may be best for you.
Audience: High School, College, Younger?
While many summer programs are intended for elementary, middle, and high school students, there do exist some for college students looking to pursue architecture.
If you are younger, there are programs for you. Below are two:
- The Center for Architecture (New York, NY) offers a myriad of week-long programs for students in grades 3-12 that explore topics in architecture and design; sample courses include Treehouses, Survival Architecture, Below the Streets – Subway Architecture and Fairytale Architecture.
- North Carolina State University (Charlotte, NC) hosts Design Explorations Camp for 7th and 8th graders; the program introduces students to design thinking and hands-on activities.
If you are currently in college or recently graduated, here a few for you:
- UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities (DISC) is an intensive five-week summer program for current college students that explores an interdisciplinary approach to design and analysis in the urban environment.
- University of Illinois at Chicago’s YArch is an intensive, non-credit summer program for current undergraduate students, recent graduates, and working professionals with an interest in architecture and design.
Length of Program & Format
One factor to consider is the length of the program. When you look at the full listing on StudyArchitecture.com, you will notice that programs offer a range from a week or less to as long as a full six weeks.
Another factor is the format of the program. Some programs are offered during the day, typically from 9:00am – 5:00pm. Obviously, you would need to reside near the program in order to participate. Others provide overnight housing; if offered by a college or university, you would stay in one of the residence halls, these often offer scheduled activities for the evening hours.
- University of Detroit – Mercy, the Architecture Design Camp is Monday through Friday and offered during the day. Many other programs are a week long, including Auburn University, Clemson University, and Penn State University.
- Harvard University’s Career Discovery, probably one of the oldest summer programs, is a full six weeks. Others include Cornell University and Carnegie Mellon University.
Cost & Scholarships
For you, a critical factor may be cost; as expected, summer programs will vary in cost, but note that some programs may be more expensive because they provide college credit. Also, some programs charge a single program fee but that is all inclusive (program fee, housing, food, supplies, etc.), while others charge only the program fee and other costs are add-ons. Be sure to read carefully and if you have any questions, contact the program directly.
Also, be sure to check if there are scholarships and/or financial aid available. You may be required to submit drawings or an essay to win a full or partial scholarship to attend Discover Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Many programs offer financial assistance so do your research.
Find the Perfect Summer Architecture Program for You