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Modules

ARC8115 : Design studio

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

In broad terms the module aims to help students to develop advance design skills and apply them to a range of design projects.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module takes a critical approach to design that encourages hands on experience of material practices.

The module is made up of two components, as follows:

1. Communication skills and techniques - A skill building set of lectures, workshops

2. A Design studio organised into separate design projects each with a particular emphasis and challenge. These aim to develop a critical awareness of a range of contemporary issues in architecture, sustainable design, urban design, and encourage students to research, develop, test and articulate their own particular standpoint. Design projects seek to develop graphic skills and encourage an imaginative approach to design and its representation. Projects will involve both group and individual work and will engage students in a creative dialogue with staff and their peers.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials101:3015:00Non-synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical78:0056:00Studio work
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching28:0016:00Design reviews – synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching74:0028:00Group and individual design tutorials – synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyProject work1199:30199:30N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops91:3013:30Skill building workshops – synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity167:0067:00Reflective journal
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork13:003:00Project site visit to North Shields –
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00Module introduction – synchronous online
Total400:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

For the communication skills and techniques part of this module, teaching and learning includes short online lectures, seminars and workshops. Based mainly on experiential learning, these will demonstrate various drawing/presentation techniques, and cater for varied learning styles.

The design studio is the integrative environment where students can synthesise knowledge from other modules and develop their understanding and skills in the context of a design problem set by tutors. Students are supported in their learning through online briefings, lectures, group tutorials and critical reviews. Online tutorials and reviews are also the principle means through which students receive feedback on their progress.
PiP Hours: Present in person provision will be delivered at the programme level, via academic mentoring on assigned ‘PiP days’. (Architecture’s programme level PiP briefing note provides further detail.)
Synchronous v Non-synchronous Hours: While there is both synchronous and non-synchronous learning and teaching activity for all modules, across the programme the structured guided learning is weighted towards non-design modules and the scheduled learning and teaching activity hours are weighted towards Architectural Design modules. The latter is a reflection of a) design studio pedagogy, which is centred on a dialogic and responsive approach to students’ own research and creative work and b) student feedback and high student attendance at weekly online Architectural Design Stage briefings (module talks) during the period of lockdown teaching in Spring 2020.’

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M15Baseline review
Design/Creative proj1M10Building typologies workshop
Design/Creative proj1M50Final review
Design/Creative proj1M25A series of graphic outputs from the skill building workshops presented as a reflective journal
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

For the communication skills and techniques part of this module, assessment is one piece of coursework. This will demonstrate that the student has developed a range of qualitative representational skills important to the design process.

The development of design skills is assessed through the traditional method of critical review, where students give a visual and oral presentation of their work online to an audience of tutors and peers. The work is discussed and the tutors assess the work against the criteria set out in the project brief. These marks are moderated by another tutor or tutors. Feedback is given orally during the review and as a set of written comments later.

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