Summer School


For three weeks in June the PORT CITY: CITY Life International Summer School, a collaboration between University College Dublin (UCD) and the Dublin Port Company, will give students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds the opportunity to observe and engage with the ongoing transformation of Dublin today. Through its close relationship to many key institutions and authorities, the summer school will offer participants unprecedented access to the stakeholders currently negotiating Dublin’s response to global urban conditions.

UCD Architecture is the only programme in Ireland to be accredited by the professional institutes of both Ireland and Britain; the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, and the Royal Institute of British Architecture. UCD Landscape Architecture is the only programme of its kind in Ireland and it is accredited by the Irish Landscape Institute and the International Federation of Landscape Architects. In addition, the programme is currently in the process of seeking Substantial Equivalency Status from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (United States).


In this Summer School, the role of ‘cinematic thinking’ in architectural research will be explored. Students will identify specific conditions in the landscape that interest them (scale; viewpoint; horizon; the container world; surveillance; traffic, flows and flux; edge conditions) and map/depict these through the lens. A number of distinct workshops and seminars will run over the three weeks. Previous workshops have included virtual reality, a sound workshop, film-making, photography and the translation of space to image, and pinhole cameras. You
will use a range of other techniques including mapping and drawing.
Work will range from understanding the development and morphology of Dublin Port itself; using the camera lens to understand and represent landscape; considering the role of image-making and image-screening in the urban environment; down to discussions on the technical requirements of sound, projection and screening. Any film-making or technical aspects will be accompanied by short workshop sessions on shooting, editing and software. On completion of the Summer School, the techniques and research that students will have been exposed to will be transferrable and applicable to more traditional design processes, and the links to spatial and urban considerations made manifest. A series of lectures and talks will accompany the Summer School. Work is process-based over the three weeks, culminating in curating your own exhibition. Students’ process-based work will be critiqued and exhibited in a public gallery.


The minimum GPA requirement is 3.00.  This summer school will be attractive to students with background studies in architecture, landscape architecture, architectural studies, urban planning, digital media, photography, film studies, liberal arts and the fine arts.


Joanne Reilly, Study Abroad Officer, UCD College of Engineering & Architecture, Tel: +353 1 716 1867; Email: