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Undergraduate Course: Architectural Design: Elements (ARCH08001)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course introduces students to the foundational knowledge and skills appropriate to the practice of architectural design. Design is seen as a process involving imagination, representation and communication, analysis and research, iteration and reflection.

Students work on a series of design exercises and projects, which require individual and group submission of maquettes, models, and drawings. Working in a studio environment, students undertake a number of studies that introduce some of the essential elements of architecture, such as path, threshold, opening, membrane and enclosure. These studies are underpinned by a concern for the role of place and embodiment in the experience of architecture and the built environment.

Studio exercises are supplemented by a series of lectures on practical and theoretical issues associated with the design process.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students also take Technology and Environment: Principles (ARCH08002) AND Architectural History: Introduction to World Architecture (ARCH08003) AND Architectural Design: Assembly (ARCH08004) AND Architectural History: Revivalism to Modernism (ARCH08005) AND Art and Design (ARCH07001)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please note that this course is only available to students undertaking MA (Hons) Architecture or Architecture-related programmes (such as Structural Engineering with Architecture), or by express permission of the course organiser in other instances.
Additional Costs Specialist Equipment Fee. Occasional field trip travel contribution
Processes and materials involved in the presentation of work: printing and reprographic charges, photographic costs, drawing and modelling materials; digital storage etc.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 77, Fieldwork Hours 4, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 14, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 77 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Continuous formative assessment through design coursework. Drawn, modeled and documented design studio work and project panels.

Final summative assessment through portfolio presentation.
Feedback Students receive feedback regularly through informal studio weekly reviews. The mid-semester formal review is the main opportunity for formative feedback, which is followed by individual written feedback and a short interview when the student may respond and clarify the feedback provided.

A second formal review in the last teaching week of the course, allows students to present their work for feedback. A portfolio review feedback session is offered prior to submission.

Students receive written feedback at the end of the course following the assessment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate awareness of basic architectural elements and issues that inform their disposition in architectural designs;
  2. Demonstrate awareness of different dimensions of the design process, from analysis and research individually and in teams to iteration and reflection in the formation of architectural designs.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of appropriate representational and communication methods, to prepare and present design proposals.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 8 hours per week for 12 weeks. There are 2 main studio days which will be structured according to the design projects being undertaken. A mixture of methods will be used, supervised learning, directed learning, and independent learning.
Course organiserMs Susana Do Pombal Ferreira
Course secretaryMrs Rosie Hall
Tel: 0131 651 5802
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