AIM Overseas is excited to present the Architectural Sketchbook program taught in the eternal city, Rome.

This multidisciplinary course explores the various components that make up this important and exciting sector of the Architecture in Rome. Participants with different profiles and artistic skills will work, in situ, in different locations reflecting different periods of art, architecture and history of Rome.

The course is divided into 2 modules. The first module, the architectural sketching course, will go from rough to defined drawings of architectural sketches, with particular focus on the specifics of the architectural and interior design sectors. The topics covered in this module are: Sketches by observation, and memory drawing.

In the second module, the students can choose between 3 specialisations:

  • Fine Arts Sketching
  • Video Production and Photography
  • Model Making

The course combines the observation of the historical and contemporary aspects of the locations visited, with the development of the creative process and refining of your technique and style. You will be encouraged to view your sketchbook as a visual journal and add reflections of your personal experience to it. At the end of the program, you will present your portfolio, impressions and reflections on your work and personal growth. 



Depending on the specialisation students choose to do in the second part of the program, there are different requirements applicants must fulfill:

  • Model Making

Students must have relevant backgrounds in either architecture, design or art

  • Illustration for Fine Arts

Students must have completed some drawing or painting courses or are currently enrolled in an Fine Arts degree

  • Video Production and Photography

Students should have knowledge of various operating systems, such as Adobe Photoshop , Illustrator , etc. and must have either Architecture, design, video production, digital, or art background

Teaching method

Rome Architecture Sketchbook blends several instructional methods. Traditional lectures, both in the classroom and on-site, will be used but primarily students will receive individual feedback and critique on a daily basis on-site. A very important part of the process is to encourage a dialogue about the challenges and accomplishments of each of the participants that will be a base for their final project. In addition to scheduled class time, students are expected to work on their own as well as prepare all readings and discussions. 

Course Materials and Supplies (Not Included)

Architectural Sketching and Rendering: Techniques for Designers and Artists by Stephen Kliment

The following list of equipment is a minimum that you should obtain:

  • Moleskin: basic one
  • Sketchbook: size A4 (21cm x 29.7cm)
  • Pencils: graphite 3H, H, HB, 2B, 4B
  • Colored pencils set of 8 – 12. Prismacolor or Caran D’Ache Prismalo I
  • Pilot pen (V5) extra fine 1
  • Paper: Large (recommended size A2 60cm x 42cm) tablet of good quality drawing paper (smooth surface)
  • Felt tips pens – fine line 1-2
  • Watercolour: Windsor e Newton
  • Brushes: 1-3-7
  • Markers: Pantone: process black, cool gray 1, cool gray 2, ivory.
  • Kneaded eraser and soft white gum eraser

European Institute of Design (IED)

The European Institute of Design (Instituto Europeo di Design – IED) was founded in 1966 and has since become one of Italy’s best known fashion and design institutions. The institute, which has university status, has developed an incredible network of schools and partnerships around the world – what sets it apart is its interconnectedness with Italy’s design and fashion industries. Many of the professors at IED are also industry professionals with decades of experience in the domains in which they teach.

IED’s innovative and practical methodology has ensured it has stayed at the forefront of technology, experimentation, creativity, strategy and professional opportunities.

The program is hosted at IED’s Rome campus, the Alcamo Campus. It is a stately, early twentieth-century building whose gardens preserve evidence of Imperial Rome: a section of the ancient aqueduct of the Aqua Felix.

Located in the heart of the city’s historical heritage, yet at the same time open to the modern culture of innovation linked to the new media of the city’s fertile cinema and television production industries, the prestigious Rome campus occupies an area of some 3,000 m². Students benefit here from comfortable lecture theatres, extensive IT laboratories for graphic and video processing, whole areas devoted to creating stage-sets, studios for the photography courses and a library with a rich collection of books and specialised magazines.

The program makes extensive use of the phenomenal location. As part of the program you will spend time on field trips around Rome investigating various aspects of the architecture of the city. There will also be many opportunities for you to get the feel for life in Rome through cultural activities – from tight, cobbled streets to magnificent buildings and fountains, to cosmopolitan shopping areas and quaint expresso bars.

You will be living in a shared apartment located in a well lit and safe area. Rooms are twin-share. WiFi is available at all apartments. You will be provided with a set of clean sheets and towel upon arrival.

There will be a fan in each bedroom. You will be sharing a full bathroom (sink, toilet, shower/ bath tub) with 3 or 4 other AIM Overseas participants. 

You will share kitchen facilities with other students at the same apartment. Kitchen facilities include a refrigerator, stove top burners, oven, basic kitchen tools, cooking utensils, cutlery and tableware for standard meal preparation. Each apartment will have a dining table and chairs for you to hang out and share a meal with your follow AIM Overseas housemates.

Hear the experiences of other students on this program

“Over the rest of the week we toured all around Rome, sketch books in hand, soaking up the incredible history and extremely old and iconic buildings. It was incredible to have local Roman teachers take us around this amazing city. Starting early in the morning, meeting at a new landmark each day at 8.30 in the morning gave us a few hours of relatively cool weather before the scorching hot sun beat down on us all. Thank goodness Rome has so many free water sources scattered throughout the city, as we were constantly drinking to keep ourselves hydrated due to the strong heat. Everyone knows that Rome and Italy in general is very warm in summer!”

- Kaswyn Hunt, READ MORE

Italy is an extraordinary feast of heart-thumping, soul stirring art, food and landscapes. Being the epicentre of the Roman Empire and birthplace of the Renaissance, this place is filled with culture. You can stand in the presence of Michelangelo’s David, Sistine Chapel frescoes, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, and Primavera, and Da Vinci’s Last Supper. Italy has more UNESCO world heritage cultural sites than any other country on Earth.

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, “All roads lead to Rome”…people don’t use these phrases for no reason! Rome is the capital city of Italy and is recognised internationally as an historical and cultural marvel. Rome has been a central seat of development and significant historical events for over two and a half thousand years, contributing significantly to the state of Western civilisation as we know it. 

The greater city area is home to 4.3 million residents, making it the fourth most populated city in Europe which even contains an independent country within itself – The Vatican City. A sacred destination for Catholics worldwide, the Vatican is your means of international travel without leaving the boarders of Rome.

Noted down as a must-see destination on the lists of passionate travellers around the world, the city is home to some of the most famous landmarks in Europe, including the iconic Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish steps. The city was ranked as the 14th-most-visited city in the world and the 3rd most visited in the European Union in 2014.


All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.

Your course convenors will not be able to approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages. 


You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.

Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.

We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation. 

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.

Applications are currently closed for this program.
However, applications for our Summer 2020 programs are now open, check out our January 2020 programs. Alternatively, you can REGISTER YOUR INTEREST for a July 2020 program, meaning you’ll receive more program info and updates. You’ll also be notified when applications for the July intake are open!

The application process for this program are as follows:

1. Apply online via the “Apply Now” button or by clicking this link.

2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.

3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.

4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.

5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.

6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.

7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.

8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.

9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.

10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, will be due at the absolute latest by 6th May 2019.

Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit an enquiry or register your interest. Registering your interest means you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.