Program Overview

The Summer College 3-credit Architecture program is one of Syracuse University’s most popular summer programs. Summer College students build your 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!

Architecture student at work
Architecture student at work

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

Program Objectives

  • Develop your portfolio
  • Experience a rigorous college architecture course

Learn more about the Architecture Program:

Program Dates & Details   Eligibility Requirements   Program Cost   Program Requirements   Typical Day   Faculty Bios

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session I: June 29 – July 26, 2019
Duration: 4 weeks


Credit: 3 credits
Grading System: A-F

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date; preferred rising senior status. All applications are individually evaluated for admittance to this program. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Cost:

  • 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.

Program Requirements

Student Expectations

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. Free time is very limited in some programs.

Students are expected to be on time for all scheduled events. Students are expected to bring an open mind and positive attitude to the learning process.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

  • 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.

    Architecture students in Slocum Hall
    Architecture students in Slocum Hall
  • 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.

Field Trips

Students can look forward to several field trips exploring the architecture in the Central New York area. Field trips to be announced.

End Event

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.

Faculty Bios

Coming soon!