4 Weeks / Noncredit

Architecture Program for High School Students

Orientation and move-in for this program is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 1. The program is scheduled to end on Friday, July 28 with move-out options on the evening of July 28 or the morning of July 29.

The program description found below is for summer 2016. Summer 2017 program description coming soon!

The Summer College Architecture program is one of SU’s most popular summer programs for high school students. Build your understanding and appreciation of architecture through studio design problems, lectures, and drawing exercises. Living the life of a university architecture student for six weeks can help you decide whether to pursue study in a professional architectural school or in a related field. If you discover architecture is for you, you’ll have a head start.

The program is structured so students can produce the beginnings of an architecture program application portfolio. Register for one six-credit course, Architecture (ARC) 193 Basic Concepts of Architecture, taught by Syracuse University School of Architecture faculty. Participate in lectures, field trips, and hands-on studio work. Students frequently present their work for discussion and review, including a final design review with a School of Architecture faculty panel, and a closing exhibition for students, faculty, friends, and families.

This intense and exciting taste of architectural study includes field trips to see buildings designed by such prominent architects as Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, and I.M. Pei, and guest lectures by faculty members and recent graduates. A final exhibition of students’ work is held on campus. Students from all programs, as well as family, friends and the community at large, will be able to see the architecture projects produced by Summer College students.

Hear about the the experiences of some of last year’s students.

Program Costs:

*Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

  • Residential: $5,699
  • Commuter: $3,975  *The commuter option is not recommended for this program due to the number of evening hours spent in studio.

What’s the Deal?

• Learn what it means to see and think architecturally • Develop design, drawing, and model-building skills • Tackle challenging design problems • Work on a portfolio for college admission or internship • Experience the camaraderie of working in the architecture studio

Typical Day

Architecture lecture: 9 a.m. to Noon Spend your mornings working on drawing exercises and attending lectures in architectural history and theory, urban design, building technology, and construction.
1pm to Evening Afternoons and evenings (and some weekends) are spent in the studios in the School of Architecture in Slocum Hall on Syracuse’s Main Campus, working on exercises and design problems that explore architectural concepts and principles. Click here to learn more about the School of Architecture.