Summer Study Abroad - Urban Design: Ancient with Modern

Study abroad this summer with Urban Design – Ancient with Modern where you will visit iconic buildings in London, important interiors and discover unique treasures and artefacts.

You will gain a deeper understanding of the architectural history of London, including how the buildings were constructed with the technology of their time, and consider how ‘ancient’ works together with ‘modern’ within urban landscape.

This summer study course will take place outside college, in the city. Each session’s visit will be recorded in your diary, as photographs, sketches and notes.


This course will take place within the city of London where you study the architectural history of London’s urban landscape – you will consider who used the buildings, who uses them now and why.

Each session’s visit will be recorded in your diary, as photographs, sketches and notes. By observing the architectural landscape you will consider how the architecture we see was constructed with the technology of the time, and consider the use of materials used.

Through visits to museums and historical sites, you will explore the processes used in making furniture and smaller artefacts.

Visits will include;

  • City of Westminster - Chelsea College to Trafalgar Square
  • City of London - Tower of London to St Paul’s ending at Tate Modern
  • The East End - Whitechapel, Spitalfields & Geffrye Museum
  • The Classical Past - British Museum
  • The Renaissance - Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Tudor & Baroque - Hampton Court Palace
  • The English Renaissance - Banqueting House and Greenwich by river
  • The Exotic East - Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Roman & Georgian England - City of Bath
  • Georgian & Victorian - Kenwood House, St Pancras & King’s Cross Stations
  • High Georgian - Sir John Soane’s Museum & Somerset House

Download the course timetable: Urban Design: Ancient with Modern - Sample Timetable [PDF - 217 KB]

Bath trip

A one day, tutor-led study trip to Bath takes place in week 3 of the course. 

Visits in Bath will include;

  • Roman Baths
  • Bath Abbey Church
  • Pump Rooms
  • Holburn Museum

Train travel and all entrance fees are included in the programme fee.  


Tutor information

George Rome Innes has an MA Art History by Research from Birkbeck College, University of London, has studied Medicine and Architecture and so has a wide knowledge base.

He has carried out research, restoration work and made architectural exhibits for the Victoria & Albert Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum and the RIBA Drawings Collection, the Courtauld Institute and Westminster Cathedral in London, the Bodleian and Ashmoleum in Oxford, Kings College Cambridge and the National Trust.

He teaches History of Art and Design, orthographic drawing and architectural model making at Chelsea College of Arts and at London College of Communication.

He also regularly conducts Architectural and Interior Design tours for the Short Course Unit of University of the Arts London at Chelsea and Camberwell, and has taken students on Art History tours to Italy.          

Course handbook

Entry requirements

Who should attend?

Summer Study Abroad programmes offer the opportunity to build on your knowledge of an existing subject, or to study something new. This course is based on a selected project from the year one undergraduate curriculum, and is delivered by a specialist course team. The course is suitable for those with some prior experience of design or architecture.

Summer Study Abroad programmes are ideal for current undergraduates wishing to continue their studies into the summer, or those who want a different study abroad experience – it’s a great way to get a taste of study at Chelsea, and life in London.

Entry requirements

Summer Study Abroad programmes are open to students of all levels. Applications are made by online application form.

Details for booking

12/06/2017 - 30/06/2017Monday - Friday10.00 - 16.003 Weeks£1795Atterbury Street - SW1P

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Foam board model created during a summer study course in Urban Design with Chelsea College of Arts
Image courtesy of UAL