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Postgraduate Course: Architectural Design Studio H (ARCH11174)

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 H is a non-core course that runs in Semester 2, taken in the final Semester of the Programme, it is linked to the first semester course Architectural Design Studio A (Integrated) and all students MUST have passed this first semester course as well as Architectural management, Practice and Law before entering Architectural Design Studio H. In the first year students should also have passed Architectural Design Studio C (Integrated) and Architectural Design Studio D (Integrated) from year 1, as well as Architectural Technology Research and Studies in Contemporary Architectural Theory in order to progress into Architectural Design Studio H.
Course description The emphasis in this course is the closing of a design thesis inquiry relevant to current architectural issues, including tested hypotheses and design speculations at a range of scales. The course seeks to develop awareness of, ability to recognize, and work with a guiding research inquiry, and to understand how this informs and is activated by architectural design and urban proposition. It is expected that the course will culminate in appropriate presentation of complex architectural and urban and/or landscape proposals, represented as part of an identified research inquiry.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Architectural Design Studio A (Integrated) (ARCH11093) OR Architectural Design Studio A (Modular) (ARCH11095)
Students MUST have passed: Architectural Design Studio C (Integrated) (ARCH11091) AND Architectural Design Studio D (Integrated) (ARCH11092)
Students MUST have passed: Architectural Technology Research (ARCH11075) AND Studies in Contemporary Architectural Theory (ARCH11070) AND Architectural Management, Practice and Law (ARJA11002)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Specialist Equipment Fee Processes and materials involved in the presentation of work: printing and reprographic charges, photographic costs, drawing
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  29
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 84, Formative Assessment Hours 28, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 272 )
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 graduate criteria required to be demonstrated in the course (see below).
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. The ability to develop a research inquiry which is clearly and logically argued, has awareness of disciplinary and interdisciplinary modes of research, draws from specifically defined subject knowledge, and is relevant to current architectural issues.
  2. The ability to test hypotheses and speculations in architectural design, which may be informed through materials, processes and techniques of building, the design and development of cities, histories and theories of architecture and the related arts, or management, practice and regulatory frameworks.
  3. A critical understanding of, and ability to present complex design proposals in the context of a research inquiry 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;
KeywordsStudio days will be structured according to the design work being undertaken. A mixture of methods
Course organiserProf Chris French
Tel: (0131 6)50 7098
Course secretaryMs Louisa King
Tel: (01316) 502306
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