High School Summer Academy in Architecture

The intensive four-week Summer Academy offers a variety of studio, seminar and field experiences, extracurricular activities and field trips to high school students who have successfully completed their sophomore or junior year of study. It allows students to understand architecture as a possible area of college study, and as a career.

2020 Summer Academy Dates

July 5 - August 1, 2020 / Reserve your spot by submitting your application soon!

Who can participate? 

The Academy is offered exclusively to high school students who have successfully completed their sophomore or junior year of study. 

The Architecture Summer Academy welcomes both qualified U.S. residents and international students to participate in our program. RWU will sponsor students who are new to the U.S. on a tourist visa (B-2 or Visa Waiver Program). Additionally, students currently attending U.S. high schools on an F-1 visa are encouraged to apply. Additional details about securing the appropriate visa will be sent to students once officially selected for the program.

In order to leave sufficient time for the visa process, international applicants to the Summer Academy are highly encouraged to submit their application forms by March 15, 2020.

What is Summer Academy? 

Summer Academy students study in the school’s award-winning facilities alongside undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in SAAHP’s summer programs. Extracurricular events, lectures and field trips give Summer Academy and RWU School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation students a chance to collaborate. Students are also advised on the college admissions process and portfolio development in preparation for college applications. Supervised dormitory life, with student activities programming on evenings and weekends, is included in the program. In addition, students are enrolled in ARCH 100: Exploring Architecture and receive 3 college credits.

Participants gain a broader view of the field while developing skills and portfolio materials to add to their applications to professional school. Workshops, lectures, demonstrations and off-campus experiences complement daily design studios.

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Program Highlights

  • Broaden your understanding of architecture as an area of study as a profession.
  • Learn through a daily curriculum of design studio, hand drawing or CAD lab class and foundations seminar.
  • Visit significant architectural sites in Boston, Cambridge, Newport, and Providence.
  • Earn 3 college credits for the successful completion of ARCH 100 - Exploring Architecture.
  • Develop high-quality work for inclusion in your college application portfolio.
  • Experience college life by living and dining on campus and participating in a full range of extra-circular activities.

A Week in the Life of a Summer Academy Student:

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday

Weekend Assignments
Work in Studio and Computer Lab on current projects.

 

Drawing
9:30 – 11:30

Lunch
11:30-12:00

Foundations
12:30 – 1:30

Design Studio
2:00 – 5:00

Digital Design
9:30 -11:30

Lunch
11:30-12:00

Foundations 
12:30 – 1:30

Design Studio
2:00 – 5:00

Drawing
9:30 – 11:30

Lunch
11:30-12:00

Foundations 
12:30 – 1:30

Design Studio
2:00 – 5:00

Field Trip
8:30-5:30

Sketching and Exploring Boston’s Back Bay, Boston Public Library, Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Boston Waterfront.

Digital Design
9:30 -11:30

Lunch
11:30-12:00

Foundations
12:30 – 1:30

Design Studio
2:00 – 5:00

Saturday Studio
Field Trip to Newport with the Newport Restoration Foundation.

Application and Deadlines

A deposit, a recommendation from High School counselor, and a copy of high school transcript, are preferred to be received by May 31, 2020. The remaining balance is due by June 20, 2020.

In order to leave sufficient time for the visa process, international applicants to the Summer Academy are highly encouraged to submit their application forms by March 15, 2020.

Application for Summer Academy in Architecture Program & Scholarship

Costs

2020 fees will be posted here soon. 

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact Sue Contente by phone (401) 254-3683 or by email at saahp@rwu.edu.

2020 Summer Academy in Architecture, July 5 - August 1, 2020