Undergraduate Course: Architectural Design: Elements (ARCH08001)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The 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.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||This course is only open to students on an approved exchange with ESALA.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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.
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate awareness of basic architectural elements and issues that inform their disposition in architectural designs;
- 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.
- Demonstrate awareness of appropriate representational and communication methods, to prepare and present design proposals.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|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 organiser||Ms Susana Do Pombal Ferreira
|Course secretary||Miss Marta Zadzilko
Tel: (0131 6)51 5800