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Undergraduate Course: Architectural Design: Explorations (ARCH10001)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course extends Stage 2 level architectural design and communication skills by foregrounding experimentation. It is focused on developing students' familiarity with different approaches to architectural design experimentation and the processes that these entail. Students are asked to develop an approach to specific design themes based on the identification of problems, opportunities, sources, methodologies and inventive strategies. The course is offered in a number of parallel design studios that sustain the overarching pedagogical aims through varying and distinctive sub-themes.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Architectural Design: In Place (ARCH08007) AND Architectural Design: Any Place (ARCH08006) AND Technology and Environment 2A: Building Environment (ARCH08028) AND Technology and Environment 2B: Building Fabric (ARCH08027)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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:  121
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 100, Fieldwork Hours 14, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 256 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Continuous assessment through design coursework. Drawn, modelled and documented design studio work. Summative assessment based on portfolio documenting coursework throughout semester and reflective pin up.
Students on the BA Architecture Programme are permitted a maximum of two assessment attempts to pass this course.
Feedback During weekly tutorials, aural feedback is delivered by the tutors. The two reviews per semester offer an opportunity for additional aural feedback by tutors and other critics. In the second half of the semester, tutors provide written formative feedback on performance, and an additional written feedback is provided at the end of the semester after conclusion and examination.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate ability to adhere to a design methodology that builds on the conceptual framework and key theoretical, cultural, social, environmental and representational concerns outlined in the project brief.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the ways in which research and analysis of social and environmental context, program and construction inform architectural design and the ability to synthesize these concerns to develop a coherent architectural proposal.
  3. Demonstrate ability to communicate research findings and design proposals using appropriate and varied modes of visual, verbal and written production.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf Mark Dorrian
Tel: (0131 6)51 5967
Course secretaryMrs Abbie Humphreys
Tel: (01316) 502306
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