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Postgraduate Course: Architectural Design Studio A (Integrated) (ARCH11093)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryArchitectural Design Studio A is a 40-credit, core course that runs in Semester 1, it is a continuation of Architectural Design Studio C (Integrated) and Architectural Design Studio D (Integrated) from year 1 and a pass in both of those studios, as well as in Architectural Technology Research and Studies in Contemporary Architectural Theory is necessary to progress into Architectural Design Studio A (Integrated). The course will be described through an initial presentation to students, and subsequently through briefing materials made available to them.
Course description The emphasis in this course falls upon the development and refinement of the structural, material, technical, environmental and legislative aspects of the student's design project. These, however, are not pursued as ends in themselves, but as part of a fully integrated design project guided by conceptual, theoretical, contextual and ethical concerns.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Architectural Design Studio D (Integrated) (ARCH11092) AND Architectural Design Studio C (Integrated) (ARCH11091)
Students MUST have passed: Architectural Technology Research (ARCH11075) AND Studies in Contemporary Architectural Theory (ARCH11070)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Specialist Equipment Fee. Field trip travel contribution for some units. Processes and materials involved in the presentation of work.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  29
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 66, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 66, External Visit Hours 3, Online Activities 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 6, Formative Assessment Hours 6, Summative Assessment Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 207 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Graded and marked learning outcomes-based assessment which is used to produce a single, summative, numerical mark for the course.

Learning Outcomes are all weighted equally.

Learning outcomes are assessed by coursework, presented in the form of drawings, models, digital representations, etc. Assessment is made with reference to the ARB Part 2 criteria required to be demonstrated in the course.
Feedback Feedback takes place throughout the course in the following contexts:

Tutorial Feedback in response to the drawn/built outcome of weekly drawing exercises.

Review Feedback is a critical reflection on the work produced in the context of the course. Reviews relate to individual, group and studio themes.

Formative Feedback is written or dedicated verbal tutorial feedback to individual students in response to work in progress. This feedback uses the Learning Outcomes as markers to communicate specific areas for investigation and further development. [Specific dates and times are determined by Course Organiser]

Summative Feedback is written feedback to individual students on completion of the course work. [Specific dates and times are determined by Course Organiser]
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A sophisticated approach to the programmatic organization, arrangement and structuring of a complex architectural assemblage in a loaded contextual situation (eg. the built, social, historical, technological, urban and environmental contexts).
  2. A knowledge of how to develop the structural, constructional, material, environmental and legislative aspects of a complex building to a high degree of resolution, with reference to discussions with a team of specialised consultants.
  3. An understanding of issues relating to the questions of sustainability, and its concomitant architectural, technological, environmental and urban strategies.
  4. A critical understanding of, and ability to present complex design proposals through appropriate forms of representation (eg. verbal, drawing, modelling, photography, film, computer, installation, performance and workshop techniques).
Reading List
Studio themes change on an annual basis and are determined by the studio leaders in dialogue with Course Organiser and Programme Director. Reading lists therefore change with each new thematic and tailored reading lists are issued as part of briefing documents.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to generate complex design proposals showing understanding of current architectural issues, originality in the application of subject knowledge and, where appropriate, to test new hypotheses and speculations;

Ability to evaluate materials, processes and techniques that apply to complex architectural designs and building construction, and to integrate these into practicable design proposals;

Ability to evaluate and apply a comprehensive range of visual, oral and written media to test, analyse, critically appraise and explain design proposals;
KeywordsDesign,Technology and Environment,Architectural Specialisms
Course organiserProf Chris French
Tel: (0131 6)50 7098
Course secretaryMs Louisa King
Tel: (01316) 502306
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