Architecture & Communication in 2D & 3D

This course will teach you how to scale down, read technical drawings and find solutions to some of the challenges of model making.

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3D model making and drawing

Explore two different approaches in the communication of architecture – 3D model making and drawing!

Week 1 - Architectural Model Making

Architectural models are the best way of communicating 3D ideas, because model building helps you understand design and visualise space. During this first week, we will teach you how to scale down, read technical drawings and find solutions to some of the challenges of model making.

You will learn classic model making tips and techniques such as scalpel use and sculpting. You will be given a directed project, drawings and relevant equipment to build a simple 1:100 scale model, with its own baseboard, following the project from a pile of MDF and plastic to a professionally finished model.

At the end of the week, you should be able to apply knowledge of architectural module making, materials and construction processes to a 3D project and integrate architecture, design and spatial concepts. You will understand how to apply colour and texture to enhance a model, use cutting and construction tools accurately and safely, use vacuum forming equipment and work accurately to scale.

Week 2 - Architecture, Drawing and the City

During this week, you will explore the concept of place through drawing. Based on location and in the design studio, you will be introduced to the idea of drawing and design as tools for recording, reflecting and communicating ideas around architecture and the built environment.

You will use different materials ‘in-situ’ to record architecture, undertake site observations to help you engage with a location and research how people interact with the environment. You will improve your skills in hand drawing and use the computer to generate images that identify spatial activity and infrastructure.

At the end of this week you will be able to use drawing as a tool to convey a space and what it might mean to you and to others and to use different drawing materials and techniques correctly to produce effective architectural images.

You should have completed at least one year of undergraduate studies and have the required English language skills. Ideally you will have a demonstrable interest and prior knowledge of the subject.

Student Feedback

I enjoy DIY, I can do something to show my crazy ideas by making things. We are limited in China so I usually create things conventionally, but here I can open my mind.

Qiwen Chen – Xiamen University, China

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You will explore how to apply colour and texture to enhance a model

Course Details

Location: City Campus

Starting: 8 July 2019

Course Duration: Two weeks

Credits: 10 UK / 5 ECTS


Early bird discount applies to students who pay their tuition fee before 31st March 2019:

Early bird discount fee

Standard fee



If you are interested in booking as a group of 10 or more, please contact us for more information and package prices.

Application deadline 1st June 2019

Fees include:

  • Full social and evening events programme, supported by NTU student buddies
  • At least one weekend visit to one UK city or other attraction (maximum of three trips available for those on the four-week programme)
  • NEW for 2019 - English Conversation Cafe
  • NEW for 2019 - An end of course ‘Summer School Showcase’ at which student work is exhibited to NTU students, staff and summer school students
  • Access to NTU’s Global Lounges and services, including a free international lunch and week-day refreshments
  • An Employability / Alumni session
  • A GSS T-shirt
  • Certificate of completion and a transcript of results

How to Book

Please download and complete the application form, and email it to the Global Summer School team:


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