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Undergraduate Course: Architectural Design: Assembly (ARCH08004)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces the theme of assembly in architectural design. It is focused on the capacity of structure, construction, and materials to create architecture. These physical factors are considered alongside more ephemeral conditions such as light and sound. The way architecture establishes variable distinctions between exterior and interior spaces is also examined.

The course asks students to develop these themes through consideration of a relatively simple programme, such as a dwelling. To this end, students work on an integrated series of design exercises and projects. Students produce design proposals that are represented by a range of techniques including expressive drawings, scale drawings and models.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Architectural Design: Elements (ARCH08001) AND Technology and Environment: Principles (ARCH08002) AND Architectural History 1B: Revivalism to Modernism (ARHI08004) AND Architectural History 1A: Introduction to World Architecture (ARHI08009) 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 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.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only open to students on an approved exchange with ESALA.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  171
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 84, Fieldwork Hours 4, External Visit 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 65 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Students receive feedback regularly through informal studio 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.

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 principles of assembly, materiality, specific constructional, social and environmental logics and how they inform the design of architecture;
  2. Demonstrate capacity to manipulate architectural form in the consideration of interior, exterior space and context in the resolution of simple programmes;
  3. Demonstrate skills in the representation and communication of simple architectural designs, including design process, in the portfolio format.
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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 organiserMr Michael Lewis
Tel: (0131 6)51 5786
Course secretaryMr Brendan Sweeney
Tel: (0131 6)50 6329
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