The Summer College 3-credit Architecture program is one of Syracuse University’s most popular summer programs. Summer College students build understanding and gain appreciate appreciation of architecture through design problems, drawing and modeling exercises, lectures and tutorials, and class discussions. Living the life of an undergraduate architecture student for four weeks can help high school students decide whether to pursue study in a professional architectural school or in a related field. If a student discovers that architecture is for them, they will have a head start!
The Summer College Architecture program is taught by Syracuse University School of Architecture faculty and is structured so students can produce the beginnings of an architecture program application portfolio. During the course of the program students will develop spatial and formal design skills, learn drawing techniques, explore cutting-edge software, and conduct hands-on model making. This intense and exciting taste of architectural study also includes field trips, guest lectures by faculty members, discussions with current School of Architecture students, and a workshop for assembling a portfolio. Students frequently present their work for discussion and critiques during the course of the program, including a final design review with a School of Architecture faculty panel, and a closing exhibition with students, faculty, friends and families.
Slocum Hall, the Architecture building, has become one of my favorite places. I have my own desk, and it’s right under the skylight on the fourth floor …it’s always bustling with activity. The studio environment surpasses all my expectations. I love the collaborative vibe; we all want to help each other produce the best work we can. -Summer College Architecture student, 2018
- Develop your portfolio
- Experience a rigorous college architecture course
Learn more about the Architecture Program:
Program Dates & Details
Session I: June 29 – July 26, 2019
Duration: 4 weeks
Credit: 3 credits
Grading System: A-F
Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. Students should be of rising senior status, only. If you are not a rising senior, consider our design courses including Industrial Design or Environmental and Interior Design. These programs provide advanced insight and instruction related to design thinking and practice that would be of great benefit in critical design thinking and related skill acquisition.
All applications are individually evaluated for admittance to this program. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.
- Residential (only): $7,150*
*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.
This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.
- 9am – Noon: Mornings are spent being introduced to drawing and modeling exercises, working with faculty and TA’s, attending lectures and tutorials, and participating in group discussions.
- 1pm – 10pm: Afternoons, evenings, and some weekends are spent in the design studios in the School of Architecture in Slocum Hall on Syracuse’s main campus where they will work on exercises and design problems that explore architectural concepts and principles. Students are immersed in architecture much like undergraduates in the School of Architecture program and should expect to spend extensive hours in the studio working on their projects with teaching assistants, including evenings until 10pm. Due to the long hours, this program is not open to commuter students.
When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!
Students can look forward to several field trips exploring the architecture in the Central New York area. Field trips to be announced.
At the end of this four-week session, students will have a final exhibition of their work in Slocum Hall. Parents are invited and welcome to attend! Details coming soon.
Final Academic Obligation
Students are permitted to leave on Friday, July 26, 2019 after 4:30pm upon the completion of the end event. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.