The Bartlett School of Architecture


The Bartlett Summer Studio 2020

This short course has been cancelled in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic. If you’ve already applied and/or paid, please check your inbox for further details in the coming days.

Bartlett Professor Nat Chard teaching students at The Bartlett Summer Studio 2019. Photography by Richard Stonehouse
Each year our Summer Studios give students already studying architecture or a related discipline the opportunity to join us for a three-week intensive course.


The Bartlett Summer Studio is an academic and architectural adventure, enabling students to develop their design skills and conceptual and critical thinking within a playful atmosphere of experimentation and fabrication.

This three-week short course provides the opportunity for students aged 18 or over, already studying architecture or a related discipline at university, to develop advanced techniques and specialist skills at a world-leading architecture school in the heart of London.

The Summer Studio was a rewarding experience in forming a critical and architectural response to the brief, as well as encouraging a playful and experimental approach through making.

Reo Shima, Summer Studio student, 2019

This studio is a wonderful experience of creating, making and learning. I highly recommend this course for all architecture students who are interested in trying new things.

Maira Yasir, , Summer Studio student, 2019

About the course

Over the course of three weeks, students will respond to a shared design brief, generating their own detailed design responses. Each student's thinking and design outputs will be guided and informed by architectural design classes and workshops in specialist skills. 

Students will be encouraged to experiment, challenge and test their ideas in the studio, the workshop and crits. Weekly exhibition trips and cultural visits allow participating students to enjoy the unique creative culture of London, and talks from invited lecturers and practitioners deepen their knowledge of the industry as a whole. 

The course concludes with a one-day exhibition of work, complete with a private view for staff, students and their guests, and a chance to celebrate the achievements of three weeks of intensive hard work. 

The course is taught by highly-skilled Bartlett tutors or invited guests and is ideal for students looking to investigate and explore an individual project and produce a high-quality sequence of work, which will support their undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

Is it for me?

This course has been designed for students already studying architecture, or a related subject, at degree level. We are looking for applications from motivated students, who are passionate about architecture and design and already familiar with university-level architectural, computational and design skills.


  • Monday 29 June – Saturday 18 July, 09:30 – 17:00


Course fee

The total fee for the Summer Studio is £1850

Design Kit (Basic)

In a Basic Design Kit students will receive:

  • A5/A3 starter sketchbooks
  • Pencils (x12)
  • Polychromos pencils (x12) 
  • KN Fine liner pens (x4)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Rubber
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors

Total price £20

Design Kit (Premium)

In a Premium Design Kit students will receive:

  • Bartlett branded travel journal sketchbook
  • Drawing artist set (35 pieces including pencils and scalpel)
  • UNI fine liner pens (x8)
  • Pental mechanical pencil 0.7
  • Masking tape
  • Metal ruler
  • Scissors
  • The Bartlett Summer Show Book 2020 

Total price £50

  • Applicants may also be interested in also booking a place on our our Maker's Week

How to apply 

Applications open on 26 November 2019. All applicants should complete the below application form and return it to bartlett.shortcourses@ucl.ac.uk If your application is successful you will then be contacted about making your payment. We aim to respond to applications within 10 working days.

We strongly advise early application, due to limited spaces.

Download your application form (PDF)

Useful Information

  • This programme is not accredited, but a certificate will be awarded upon completion.
  • All course fees are for the course only and do not include accommodation, food or transport. The course fee includes basic materials for the course.
  • All dates are subject to change until bookings open in November. 
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