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Postgraduate Course: Design, Value and Architecture (Distance Learning) (Heriot-Watt) (ARCH11219)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe purpose of Design Value and Architecture is to examine how architectural design and the currents of cultural thought and of historical change have influenced the architectural profession. It is delivered through distance learning.
Course description Design, Value and Architecture provides an insight into the underpinnings of the current architectural profession and reflects how global forces that are reshaping our built environment at an unprecedented rate.

In completing this course, you will gain a greater understanding of the currents at work in contemporary environments and how the workings of all built professions are subject to wider influence than the narrow focus that specialisation often imposes. You will study the following themes:
[A] The Evolution of Modern Architectural Practice
[B] The Modern Movement and the Internationalisation of Style
[C] Cultural Influences on Architectural Design Theory
[D] Architectural Specificity in an Age of Globalisation

This is a distance learning course, delivered entirely online using as its main delivery platform our virtual learning environment. The choice of this mode of delivery enables you to shape your study pattern around your working day and other commitments. There are online texts, links to ebooks provided by our library and lecture recordings. You will have a tutor who will advise and guide you through the course.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This is a run-off course for a discontinuing programme.
This course is only available for students enrolled for MSc Architectural Project Management. It is not available to any other students.
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain knowledge of the key historical movements in architectural design. - The ability to critically assess buildings in respect to their architectural design intent.
  2. Acquire an understanding of the impact of wider cultural discourses on architectural design theory.
  3. Develop the ability to critically assess buildings in respect to their architectural design intent.
Reading List
Kenneth Frampton: Studies in Tectonic Culture- The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture
Colin Rowe: The Architecture of Good Intentions
Juhani Pallasmaa : The Eyes of the Skin- Architecture and the Senses
Alain de Botton: The Architecture of Happiness
David Watkins: English Architecture. A concise history
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Apply strategies for appropriate selection of relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge;
Communicate effectively at all levels and using a range of media;
Show understanding of the context and factors that inform contemporary architectural design;
Show understanding of the cultural contexts and design aspirations of the architectural profession;
Show a development of research skills based on tangible scenario based learning;
Display understanding in the collection of research information and techniques in communicating the proper attribution of others' work;
Display a facility in effective information gathering across diverse discipline fields.
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Course organiserMr John Brennan
Tel: (0131 6)50 2324
Course secretaryMiss Laura Varga
Tel: (0131 6)50 2430
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