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ARC1018 : Architectural Representation 2

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carlos Calderon
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aims of the module are to enable students to process, transform and communicate information.
In particular to introduce:
Digital modes and communication methods appropriate to particular circumstances and architectural tasks
Digital representation techniques and principles for graphical and visual media
Basic to advanced computing skills in an architectural context
Core study and workplace computer skills
The subject area involves an ongoing increasing proportion of the syllabus as the course progresses. This module concentrates upon the digital skills used in the essential process of communicating design ideas to multiple audiences. The module draws upon the use of digital tools and methods in professional practice to exemplify effective digital communication strategies at various stages in a student’s professional development.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module offers an introduction to different modes of architectural digital representation and how they may be used for communicating design ideas and concepts. Digital representations include image editing, 3D axonometric and perspectival drawings, orthographic drawings, sketches, diagrams, 2D graphical layouts, and time-based such as digitally generated videos. Special emphasis is placed on the processes underpinning the creation of digital representation. To this extent, a workflow is introduced so as to provide a guiding framework for developing digital representations.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture20:451:30Weekly lecture to introduce key theoretical concepts and provide relevant practical examples
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials41:004:00To provide support on the given lecturing material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion16:006:00Create video, export digital representations from 3D model in appropriate format.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical41:004:00One to one online tutorial with digital modelling experts. Each student will be in groups of three
Guided Independent StudySkills practice23:006:00Exploring and practicing skills gained in workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops61:006:003D modelling and 2D technical drawing workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Digital workflows to support digital representations.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery161:0016:00One to one online drop-in surgery with digital modelling experts.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Self-directed learning supported by provided resources
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk20:451:30At the start of each week to introduce all topics and related activities to be covered.
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion60:303:00Online discussion amongst group members to support peer learning and interactions.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The topics are explored through lectures, presentations, demonstrations, workshops, exercises and assignments with supporting sessions. Most aspects are also demonstrated, explored and tested in workshop topics, assessments and presentations during the follow-up ARC1001 project work.
Specifically, digital representation methods are taught using dedicated workshops, and one to one and small group tutorials. The learnt techniques are applied to communicating architectural ideas through digital media. Workshops and tutorials complement weekly lectures where concepts are explained to support developing a digital communication strategy for architectural representation. During the lectures, academic concepts are first introduced and then supported by examples in architectural practice.
Due to uncertainties around room ventilation provision, cluster access etc, the expectation is that the delivery of the module will be blended, with workshops and larger-group teaching taking place on-line. If the provision allows, we will timetable some opportunities for building ‘attendance’ – mainly to provide opportunities for student peer-learning

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M1002D digital drawings, 3D computer Models, digital image editing, and rendered videos
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A structured approach to 2D CAD drawings, 3D computer modelling, image manipulation, and rendered videos is assessed. Digital skills for architectural communication culminating in the production of 2D, 3D, and time-based digital representations. Additionally, a log-book is submitted to assess robustness of processes when developing a digital communication strategy.

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