United Kingdom, Brighton

The Royals: the British Monarchy through Art and Architecture

when 20 June 2016 - 14 July 2016
duration 4 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1520

This module studies the role of the British monarchy as patrons of art and architecture, while also providing a general historic overview of British royal history from the 16th to the 21st century. British royal palaces have always been considered places of beauty and power. Filled with stunning collections of art they were showcases of interior design and court taste. The Royal Collection is one of the richest and largest art collections in the world and was influenced heavily by French, German and Far Eastern cultures.

Visiting some of the royal buildings and the art collections they contain is a crucial element of the module. We will therefore make several field trips to major royal palaces such as Kensington Palace, Hampton Court, the Tower of London and the Royal Pavilion. You will receive a one year pass that will give you unlimited access to the Historic Royal Palaces.

Field trip fee: £100

Course leader

Alexandra Loske

Target group

The University of Sussex International Summer School welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Although most of you will be currently enrolled at a university or college, we also welcome applicants who have been away from education for some years, as well as highly committed senior high school students - for some courses a good general education, an open mind and lots of enthusiasm are the main qualifications. For some other courses you will see that prerequisites are listed - applicants for these courses are expected to submit transcripts to demonstrate that they have taken, or are currently taking, the necessary precursors.

Course aim

The International Summer School provides an opportunity to meet and study with people from different countries and cultures, on a cosmopolitan campus. The large range of courses on offer allows you to get ahead with credit in core courses, or simply to experiment with something new.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Summer School courses carry 15 credits and last for four weeks. Since the standard annual load for a Sussex student is 120 credits, this means that each course is equivalent to four semester hours or seven and a half ECTS credits. Students can take only one course per session, as the courses are intensive. You can expect to spend 30 to 45 hours each week on your course between attending classes, labs and workshops, as well as time spent outside class preparing the readings and assignments. You can find information about the courses offered by the International Summer School through our course directory or courses by subject pages of our website.

Fee info

GBP 1520: Tuition only (one four week session).
GBP 2820: Tuition only (BOTH four week ISS sessions).


The University of Sussex offers a limited number of scholarships for participation in the ISS in the form of partial fee waivers to students from developing countries who have high potential for future leadership in their field of study or career.