Creative Futures Summer Schools

College of Arts

Are you thinking about a future in the creative and cultural industries and how higher education might make this possible?

This year we have six exciting options for students aged 15-19 who are considering a future in the creative and cultural industries. Each course is designed to give a taster of university courses in each subject. Through a series of hands on activities and workshops you will explore what it is like to study creative subjects at University. Each 5-day summer school will run from 9:30 to 4:30, Monday to Friday and is targeted at students in years 10 to 13 or equivalent.

Discovering Design, 15 July to 19 July
This week is broken down into a series of hands-on taster workshops based around design disciplines of product design, communications design and interior design, and will develop your confidence and explore your creative identity.

Fashion & Millinery Experience, 15 July to 19 July
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of key fashion concepts, and draw up customer profiles. Students will be introduced to fashion illustration and the basics of manipulating a head to toe look and the process involved. The week is intended to develop creativity, produce work for portfolios, and to be fun and exciting.

Contemporary Dance, 22 July to 26 July
A taster of a University dance course, experience practical, professional training with daily technique classes in different styles, choreographic and creative workshops and an end of week sharing performance for family and friends.

Acting and Stage Combat, 22 July to 26 July
Learn the essential techniques for acting and stage combat, as well as key performance skills to build confidence in yourself and the ability to perform on stage and in everyday life. You will also be able to take a qualification in Unarmed Combat.

Architecture of the Future, 29 July to 2 August
This intensive short course is a fantastic opportunity for those aiming to advance their knowledge and skills in the field of spatial design. It will help you to produce a portfolio of creative work that is needed when applying for undergraduate courses in disciplines such as architecture, construction and urban design. The focus is on the advancement of technologies in designing future cities. You will have the chance to develop your knowledge of new materials, technologies and climatic design, as well as developing your skills in sculpture and model making, 3D scanning, mixed media presentation, scaled drawing, digital design, and effective design communication.

Future Filmmakers, 29 July to 2 August
Do you want to be the next YouTube sensation? Using your own smartphone you will develop, film and edit your own short film and then learn how best to upload this to YouTube and other social media channels.

What's included

  • All course materials are provided
  • Lunch will be provided free of charge
  • A certificate of attendance will be presented to all those that complete the Summer School

Why choose Lincoln

All our courses will be run by creative professionals, guest speakers and input from existing students to help with project work and questions about life at University. Each summer school will also include an information and orientation session providing students with a chance to tour the University, its facilities and showcase what life is like for students at any typical University.

The University of Lincoln was awarded Gold – the highest standard possible - in the national Teaching Excellence Framework, an independent assessment of teaching quality in UK higher education. The award reflects our exciting teaching, great support for students and excellent employment outcomes. Lincoln is ranked 22nd in The Guardian University Guide 2019 and 43rd in The Complete University Guide 2019. The institution is known for a pioneering approach to working with employers, which has been recognised with a Lord Stafford Award and Times Higher Education Award. In the National Student Survey 2018, students ranked Lincoln 8th in the UK for overall student satisfaction with several of our courses placed number one overall for their subject areas. Among our most recent graduates, 96 per cent were in work or further study six months after finishing their course, with more than 80 per cent in graduate level roles. More than half of our research is judged to be internationally excellent or world leading (Research Excellence Framework).

Who should attend

Students in years 10 - 13 and equivalent either at school or college, and those who are thinking about applying for undergraduate studies at University.


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Course details

Dates: July - August 2019
Duration: 5 days each summer school
Fees: Early Bird rate £195 until 31st May 2019, £250 from 1st June 2019. Bursaries are available for eligible years 10 - 13 students
Class size: 25 for each course

Extra information

Due to funding from NCOP, we are able to offer full bursaries to a number of eligible students who meet qualifying criteria.

If you would like to check your eligibility for these bursaries, please email us at with your name, email address, date of birth and postcode.  These bursaries are limited in number, and will be awarded on a first come first served basis, so please get your application in early.

Otherwise, simply click our Apply button now which will take you through to the online store to allow you to book and pay for your place on your chosen course.  We have extended our Early Bird offer of a reduced fee of £195 until 31st May.  

Closing date for applications is Monday 3rd June 2019.

Please do not hesitate to call us on 01522 835350 should you have any queries about our application and selection process. Alternatively, email