Accelerate into University!

Launched in 2012, this FREE pioneering access programme for students in Years 11 and 12 at London state schools, is aimed at those who would benefit from mentoring and skills enhancement to support their ambitions to pursue a career in architecture or the built environment.

Accelerate into University WorkshopThis exciting programme has been developed and delivered in partnership with UCL's Bartlett School of Architecture and the highly acclaimed architectural practice Make Architects. It offers students in years 11 and 12, from hard to reach backgrounds, a unique opportunity to develop the skills required for entry to higher education architecture-related courses.

So far Accelerate into University has enabled forty-four young Londoners aged 15-17 years to reach their full potential and improve their access to Higher Education across the Built Environment shaping professions; we are proud that 85% of the year 12's that participated have gained conditional offers to study architecture and related subjects at university, including UCL, Cambridge, Cardiff, Manchester and Westminster.

Following this success Open-City, in partnership with UCL and Make Architects, continues the programme with a new cohort of 45 year 11 and 12 students from London state schools.

This FREE, year long, education and mentoring programme is an opportunity for up to 50 students in years 11 and 12, who potentially wish to pursue a career in architecture or the built environment and would benefit from:
- 1 to 1 mentoring with a designated trained industry professional
- skills development workshops
- portfolio production and university entry guidance workshops
- peer to peer learning with architectural students
- exhibition of work created during the progamme at a central London location.

Watch our video about the programme, filmed at a Skills Development Workshop in April 2014

AccelerateIntoUniversity from Open-City Architecture on Vimeo.

Full details of the programme for 2014/15 will be disclosed at the beginning of the Autumn term, 2014

"Through accelerate I have learnt many new skills as well as a different way of thinking about ideas. My confidence in my own ideas has increased as well as my own style. I hope I will be able to go on to study architecture at university and become a successful architect in the future."
Year 12 Student from Accelerate into University 2014

 

 

Accelerate into University Workshop“I feel passionately that the architectural profession needs to be as diverse as the public that inhabit our buildings and cities. At the moment it is far from that, but the Accelerate programme is helping to change this.

By raising aspirations and lowering the cultural barriers to getting into university I hope that over the next few years we will make a real difference to the profession. More importantly, we will gain some very bright and creative young people with new insights and experience of life.”
Alan Penn, Dean of the Bartlett School of Architecture

 

Outline Timetables

Outline timetable for Year 12’s Group A:
- Training seminar to introduce the skills development project - October 2013 half term
- Mentoring sessions with designated professional at their London based offices over a 6 week period between November 2013 and December 2013
- Skills development workshop – February half-term 2014 (date tbc)
- Exhibition preparation skills workshop – Easter holidays 2014 (date tbc)
- Exhibition of project work – Summer term 2014
- Skills development, portfolio assistance and interview preparation workshop – summer holidays
- UCAS personal statement support – Autumn term 2014

Outline timetable for Year 12’s Group B:
- Welcome workshop and skills development workshop - October 2013 half term
- Skills development workshop – December 2013 (date tbc)
- Training seminar to introduce the skills development project – February half-term (date tbc)
- Mentoring sessions with designated professional at their London based offices over a 6 week period between February 2014 and April 2014
- Exhibition preparation skills workshop – Easter holidays 2014 (date tbc)
- Exhibition of project work – Summer term 2014
- Skills development, portfolio assistance and interview preparation workshop – Summer holidays
- UCAS personal statement support – Autumn term 2014

Outline timetable for Year 11’s:
- Skills development workshop - October 2013 half term
- Skills development workshop – December 2013
- Training seminar to introduce the skills development project – February 2014 half-term
- Mentoring sessions with designated professional at their London based offices over a 6 week period between February 2014 and April 2014
- Exhibition preparation skills workshop – Easter holidays 2014 (date tbc)
- Exhibition of project work – Summer term 2014

For more information, please contact Venetia Wolfenden or phone 020 3006 7008.

News

3 July 2014
Accelerate into University Final exhibition 1-3 July 2014 Read more...

24 December 2013
Ken Shuttleworth becomes a mentor for Accelerate Read more...

15 August 2013
Success for Accelerate into Architecture students! Read more...

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Architect Practices participating in 2013/14:

David Miller Architects
Grimshaw Architects
Jerry Tate Architects
Laurent Mot Limited
Make Architects
Nicholas Hare Architects LLP
Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects
Squire and Partners
Stanton Williams Architects
Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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