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Accelerate Student Applications


Join Accelerate now!

Open City is now recruiting for the 2022/23 Accelerate programme. This is a free programme, consisting of 10 workshops and architectural works experience, for young people interested in going on to undergraduate study in architecture and the built environment industries. It is run by Open City in collaboration with UCL's Bartlett School of Architecture, UAL's Central St Martins and Kingston University's Knights Park Campus.

What is Accelerate?

This pioneering education and mentoring programme is aimed at increasing diversity in the built environment profession. It gives students the confidence and skills needed to make strong university applications to study architecture and other related courses.

Who is Accelerate for?

Accelerate is for young people aged 16-18 years old from London state schools and from under-represented communities, who are keen to explore professions in the built environment, such as Architecture and Engineering.

How does it work?

Accelerate provides students with:

- Skills development workshops in a university environment

- Visits to iconic sites around London

- Peer to peer learning with university students

- Public exhibition

- Guidance workshops on portfolio production and university applications

- Mentoring with an architect at their London office.

- Optional Arts Gold Award earning 16 UCAS points

When is Accelerate?

The programme starts October 2022 and ends May 2023. If accepted onto the programme, you are committing to attend all 10 workshops (held on Saturdays).

The deadline for applications is Friday 23rd September 2022, but apply now to secure a place on the course.

Click here to fill out an online application form.

For more information and an application form visit:

www.open-city.org.uk/accelerate or email: siraaj@open-city.org.uk

Open City is a charity dedicated to making London and its architecture more open, accessible and equitable. It engages all citizens, particularly from under-represented backgrounds, in architecture and city-making. Its programmes – from the Open House Festival and its international network, to their pioneering education projects – open up buildings, conversations and careers to those normally locked out of them.