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Architecture for 13 to 16 Year Olds Short Course

Course description

The Architecture for 13 to 16 Year Olds Short Course explores the principles of architecture and spatial design. You will develop an understanding of the conditions and factors which shape the built environment, including structure, narrative, site/location, scale, use, light and materiality.

The theme of the course will be “Transform”. Students will start with observational drawing, followed by research, speculative drawing exercises and workshop tasks. Each student will generate a design proposal looking at how to transform an existing building or space.
Daily lectures will be followed by design and making workshops. Students will discuss and present their work at the end of each day for feedback from peers and tutors.
Who should attend? The course is ideal for young people aged 13-16 with an interest in architecture and spatial design. Our teenager courses are a great opportunity to help you build a portfolio ready for further study. They provide the chance to build a strong foundation in your selected art and design subject. Taught by college tutors and industry experts you will gain insight into studying at UAL on campus.

Course outcomes

By the end of this course students should:

  • Have completed a research task focusing on building/artist/practitioner relevant to the subject
  • Have completed a series of drawing tasks
  • Have undertaken making techniques using a variety of materials
  • Have developed a design proposal that focuses on the theme "Transform" in both drawings and model
  • Be able to reflect upon the course and identify/evaluate what has been enjoyed/successful and whether they would make any changes to their outcome

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology, they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way that's crystal clear and easy to understand.

Experience life on campus:

  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in, so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face to face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements.

How to book

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  • If you are an adult booking a place for a child or teenager, you will need two email addresses one for your booking confirmation email and one for the student. *
  • Select the option to book for someone else
  • Add the bookers details under Your details.
  • Add the students details under Delegate 1

* In the case that your child does not have an email address, please create their account with an alternative email address. If you need help booking please use our online chat or call 0207 514 7015.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

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Topics covered:

  • Principles of architecture and context
  • Drawing task, set in and around Kings Cross campus (if the course has to be delivered online – this task will be based in/around the students’ home/residence) to generate observational drawings looking at connections and junctions
  • Research task
  • Developing ideas around the theme "Transform"
  • Investigating and analysing materials, light, scale, and use
  • Drawing tasks
  • Model making
  • Presenting research, drawings and final model; evaluation and feedback


In order to get the most out of this course you should bring the following materials to your first session:

  • A notepad and pen
  • A4 sketchbook/notepad
  • Drawing pencils/pens

Suggested non-essential materials - you don't need these things but might like to source them:

  • Variety of drawing equipment (pens/pencils)
  • Paint
  • Crayon/pastels
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Mixed media for model making (be resourceful and use waste or recyclable items) - such as cardboard, plastic bottles, string, egg boxes etc.
Meet the Tutor:

This four-day course is designed to offer an introduction to the key principles of architecture and spatial design. Through a series of lectures and design/making workshops, you will develop an understanding of the conditions and factors which shape the built environment and have the opportunity to produce your own design proposal.

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