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Foundations of Design: Representation (ARCH10001)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeARCH10001
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is concerned with building a foundation for design as a discipline, introducing students to the role of representation in design and architecture in contemporary practice. The subject aims to develop student's skills by teaching them how to carefully observe and analyse information using different forms of media.

A series of lectures will introduce students to a range of vector based representation techniques. Why do designers draw? What is the role of representation? This subject emphasises the importance of developing a critical understanding of representational devices and operative design techniques.

The subject will explore key ideas addressed in the lecture series and put them into practice using a variety of representation techniques including orthogonal projection (by hand), model making, 2D vector based drawing and 3D modelling using common industry software.

Students will learn how to manage data, information and representation workflows between different software, how to represent spatial information, how to draw and model with care and develop a critical eye.

At the end of semester, students will design and prepare their own portfolio.

Note: Students are encouraged to purchase a laptop with suggested faculty specifications. Further information can be found on https://msd.unimelb.edu.au/abp-specialist-it-support

At the end of semester, students will design and prepare their own portfolio.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who have successfully completed this subject should have;

  • Developed skills in drawing and representational techniques to communicate design ideas and thinking
  • Developed skills in working across different media and common industry software
  • Developed observational and analytical skills through drawing and making
  • An understanding of scale, orthographic projection and other representation techniques including architecture drafting
  • An understanding of the application of architectural drawing conventions
  • Developed representation and compositional skills
  • An understanding of the role of representation and its function in contemporary design and practice
  • An understanding of portfolio design and layout using common industry software
  • Ability to integrate digital tools in presentation and communication of design ideas and thinking

Generic skills

On completion of the subject, students would have developed the following skills:

  • Observation and visual analysis skills;
  • Developed a familiarity with basic techniques in drawings undertaken with analogue and digital media;
  • Develop communication skills through drawings and other media;
  • Developed capacity for independent critical thought, creative inquiry and self-directed learning;
  • Developed an understanding of how such techniques are related to creative thinking.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability

Assessment

  • Online Quiz at the end of lectures or studio during Semester, (10%);
  • Module 1 containing composed drawings with verbal presentation (equivalent to 5-8 hours of work) due week 3, (5%);
  • Module 2 containing composed drawings and models with verbal presentation. Drawings and sketches collated in draft journal format (equivalent to 20-25 hours of work) due week 6, (20%);
  • Module 3 containing composed drawings and models with verbal presentation. Drawings and sketches collated in draft journal format (equivalent to 20-25 hours of work) due week 9, (20%);
  • Module 4 containing composed drawings with verbal presentation. Drawings and sketches collated in draft journal format (Equivalent to 20-25 hours of work) due week 12, (20%);
  • Final Portfolio submission: formatted journal containing collated and composed drawings and sketches in with reflective writing and references to lectures (equivalent to 25 hours work) due first week of examination period, (25%)

Hurdle requirements:
1. Studioand Workshop attendance of at least 75% of all classes
2. Submission of Final Portfolio is a hurdle requirement

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorPaul Loh
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours52 hours (10*1 hour of lectures , 30 hours of studio, and 12 hours of lab)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period27 February 2017 to 28 May 2017
    Last self-enrol date10 March 2017
    Census date31 March 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail 5 May 2017
    Assessment period ends23 June 2017
  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorScott Woods
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours52 hours (10*1 hour of lectures , 30 hours of studio, and 12 hours of lab)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Related majors/minors/specialisations

Breadth options

This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

Prescribed texts

Rhinoceros software.

Note: Apple-Mac users will require Windows operating system.

Last updated: 15 July 2017