Architecture : Fact and Fiction

This course will enable you to create engaging visuals and moving images that are related to architecture, and communicate themes through visual means.

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Exploring England's rich and varied architecture

Explore some of the rich and varied history of architecture in England and the use of architecture in film as a way of storytelling and scene setting.

Week 1 - Architecture and Heritage

Nottinghamshire contains unique examples of architecture from the past 1,000 years – think Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest, Civil War and industrial revolution! During this week you will learn about the key periods of design, materials and methods used in historic architecture in the UK and about the role of the professional in relation to working with historic buildings and the specialist skills and knowledge required to do this well.

You will identify, research and use a range of materials in developing your personal project and produce a report, presentation or sketch model that recognises the opportunities and limitations in relation to the historic building.

Week 2 - Architecture and the Edit

In this second week you will develop ideas and methods towards creating original material inspired by the numerous environments within the city of Nottingham. You will explore locations and document the environments through photography and the moving image by using simple, free editing tools available on PC and Mac, and investigate filming techniques and approaches in cinema, presented by in-house and visiting lecturers.

At the end of this week you will be able to create engaging visuals and moving images that are related to architecture, people, space and time, analyse a text and communicate key themes through visual means, and understand how the moving image can aid the communication of emotion and meaning of a space to a range of audiences.

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

Nottingham and the surrounding area contain unique examples of architecture from the past 1000 years. Very beautiful.

Chaoyi Xue - Xiamen University, China

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In the 1920s, Nottingham architect T. Cecil Howitt was commissioned to design Nottingham's Council House

Course Details

Location: City Campus

Starting: 22 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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