Extra-Curricular Options: Electives
Students take part in extra-curricular classes by choosing one elective each fortnight. Electives lead to a recognisable achievement - an achievement that students can use in university applications to show that they have extensive and broad abilities and interests. With the support of the academic staff, electives take place during the afternoons and are designed to lead to recognizable, tangible outcomes. Electives, more than anything, are designed to be fun, and to allow students to let off steam!
Below you can find descriptions of the electives on offer. To see examples of student's work and videos from last year's elective programmes, please visit our life at the academy page.
The skills of writing prose, poetry and journalism are developed as students create content for the Oxford Summer Academy Magazine. This will be distributed to all students at the course end, as well as published. An example of the magazine can be found here: student magazine 2013.
Profile Your Personality:
On this journey of self-discovery, students will take numerous quizzes and tests to uncover different aspects of their personality. These results will be explored further to help students identify their strengths and to learn how to overcome their weaknesses. In addition to their own self-awareness, students will gain an appreciation of other people’s personalities, and how they can best work alongside them.
The beautiful architecture, cityscapes and landscapes of Oxford will be used in this elective. Each afternoon, students visit a different Oxford location and build a portfolio of work. At the end of the course, an exhibition of students’ work is mounted. Images also contribute to the Academy Magazine.
Public Speaking and Debate:
Oxford has a long tradition of debate - many UK and US politicians learnt their public speaking skills in the Oxford Union. Students will gain confidence and competence in constructing, rebutting and presenting arguments. Based on a proposition that the students decide themselves, a debate is conducted in front of all the students, and a vote taken, to decide the winning team.
Film, TV & Theatre Reviewing:
This elective equips the students with the skills to analyse a variety of texts from the genres of film, television and theatre as well as allowing them to develop their own critical perception of these genres. Students will be able to develop their own appreciation of popular work in new and dynamic ways.
Photograph by student participating in Photography Elective, Oxford Summer Academy 2013