Summer Schools


Sustainable Architecture and Landscape Design

This dynamic programme has been developed to give participants first-hand experience of architectural specialisms while working with leading practitioners.Students will be given an exiting design brief and incorporate various techniques throughout the two weeks to fulfil the brief.

The Summer School is aimed at those who have an interest in architecture and design, wishing to explore specialist areas. We welcome groups of participants from a range of backgrounds including international undergraduate or postgraduate students, prospective postgraduate applicants, students from other universities and those currently in employment thinking about further study. Applicants do not have to be studying Architecture but will need to demonstrate a keen interest in the subject.

This opportunity will see you become part of a creative community that comprises of well-respected researchers, highly skilled architects, engineers and design professionals. The Summer School programme will be delivered by Kent’s leading academics and professionals from the School of Architecture; comprising of presentations, design workshops, lectures and site visits.

Specialisms Covered

  • Landscape
  • History and Culture
  • Structure
  • Conservation
  • Sustainability
  • Architectural Photography
  • 3D Modelling
  • Drawing and Model Making
  • Drawing through the city

The Architecture Summer School is part of the University of Kent Summer School programme. It will allow you to make lasting connections with students from around the world, studying a range of subjects but sharing your own enthusiasm. International study will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of another culture, make lifelong friends from a wide variety of backgrounds and benefit from globally-renowned academic excellence.

For additional reasons to join us, visit our Canterbury Summer Schools overview.



Dates: Sunday 17 June - Sunday 01 July 2018

Providing School: Kent School of Architecture

Campus: Canterbury

Credit Transfer Option:  Equivalent to 10 Credits (ECTS 5) for transfer purposes.

Price: £1500 (earlybird) for two weeks. Includes tuition, accommodation, teaching materials, welcome meal, organised trips and full library access

Learning outcomes

By the end of this International Summer School course, you will have:

Intended specific learning outcomes

  • developed a good understanding of the subject matter which forms the focus of this intensive introductory course
  • explored a series of key subject-specific themes and media from a range of critical perspectives
  • had the opportunity to put into practice new subject-related skills which you have started to develop during the course
  • gained an awareness of the UK Higher Education system in the subject specific context

Intended generic learning outcomes

  • Gained an introduction to some of the aptitudes, expectations and requirements of more independent and higher level study achieved through a range of seminars, lectures, practice-based activities and one to one tutorials.
  • Experienced individual and group-based learning environments consonant with the expectations and requirements of higher level study
  • Exercised some element of self-directed study and time-management opportunities consistent with research skills and onward professional career opportunities
  • Enhanced your transferable academic skills such as reading and writing in relevant academic contexts, listening to academic lectures and input sessions as well as participating in academic seminars
  • Increased your intercultural awareness through studying in an international environment with students from other backgrounds and nationalities


Learning and teaching methods

Teaching formats will include lectures, design workshops and site visits.

Total number of study hours will comprise 100 hours which will include elements of independent and private study.

  • 50 hours contact time during the summer school
  • 20 hours self-study before the summer school
  • 30 study hours during the summer school

    Total: 100 hours


  • Participants will be assessed in the form of a Final Crit

Indicative Timetable

Students will have access to a range of materials and workshop spaces working closely with the academics over the two weeks

Week 1








Introduction to the brief

Drawing of a Kent town

Architectural Photography

Ancient and Medieval Architecture

Trip into Canterbury

Landscapes and Bridges

Drawing and Model Making


 Week 2







Urban/town planning with historical element

Drawing and Model Making

Interim Crit

Trip to Whitstable

Sustainability and landscape - Model development

Complete models and Crit day

Farewell ceremony

To gain entry on to the Canterbury Summer School you will need to be either:

  • studying at a university outside the UK or at a UK university and considering options for further study in the UK and wanting to gain credits
  • a professional exploring options for postgraduate study in the UK
  • Simply looking for a short intensive study abroad experence covering a subject you are interested in. 

You will also need to:

  • be able to demonstrate a keen interest in the field of Architecture and Design or have previous knowledge from your studies/work experience and looking to expand your knowledge in this area. Previous related study is desirable but not essential.
  • have at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill. If you have an alternative test/proof of your English language ability then you can mention this is your application and upload this instead. Students must feel confident reading, writing and liaising in English to attend this course.



A reminder that you can apply for one course from each block, and also combine with our Paris and Brussels Summer Schools in most cases, as set out here.

The Scholarship application deadline is 5pm on Fri 30 March 2018. You can still apply after this date for a paying place.


Pay by Monday 16 April 2018 and receive an Early Bird discount of £100 per course.

  Earlybird Price
Standard Price
Without Accomodation £1,250 £1,350
With Accomodation included £1,500 £1,600


Fees Include full tuition for the summer school, accommodation, teaching materials, a welcome meal, full access to the University library facilities and social trips each Wednesday and at the weekend into London.

The final deadline for payment to secure your place on this course is Fri 28 May 2018

Scholarship Opportunities

We have 20 x £500 Internationalisation Scholarships available for the Canterbury Summer Schools available to students not currently studying at the University of Kent. If you wish to apply for a scholarship you will need to select 'School scholarship' at application and apply by Fri 30 Mar 2018. We will use your Reasons to study as part of the application form as the scholarship application. If you are a current student at another institution you may also wish to enquire about any mobility scholarships within your home institution or Government.


You must email to notify us of your withdrawal from a course as soon as you know that you will not be attending the course and before travelling to the UK. We will charge a £250 administration fee, unless there are exceptional extenuating circumstances for the withdrawal.

Accommodation details

The accommodation for this summer school is based in Park Wood flats and is offered on a self-catered basis. Students will be placed in their own double rooms equipped with en suite facilities. Check-in is after 14h00 on the first Sunday and check-out is before 10h00 on the final Sunday. All students will be offered University accommodation (included in fee), although if you wish to make alternative arrangements you can pay tuition fees only, saving £250 per two-week course.

Additional details about our accommodation is available on our Accommodation webpage.

Course information:

Please note that in order for the course to run a minimum of 6 registered students is required. Please do not make arrangements for travel until you have received your welcome and induction pack.

Getting here

You will find useful directions to the Canterbury Campus on our Directions page. Students who wish to arrange a taxi transfer from one of the London airports may wish to visit our Booking a Taxi in the UK page




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