Architecture students from around the world can now sign up for a free architectural course from Harvard University.

The online course by the Ivy League university’s Graduate School of Design, titled ‘The Architectural Imagination’, will introduce participants to the fundamental principles of architecture through a study of history’s most important buildings.

The course will use examples of buildings from a wide range of social and historical contexts to enable students to “read, analyse, and understand different forms of architectural representation”, while the instruction will be supported by hands-on exercises in drawing and modelling.

Enrolment is now open for the 2018 course, which consists of 10 modules spread over 10 weeks and distributed into three parts.

The faculty includes K. Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory; Erika Naginski, Professor of Architectural History; Antoine Picon, G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology; and Lisa Haber-Thomson, Instructor in Architecture.

Ranked seventh best among global architecture schools in 2017, based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s faculty includes several Pritzker Prize Laureates as well as distinguished alumni such as architects Harry Seidler, I.M. Pei and Frank Gehry.