ARC1016 : Architectural Representation

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aims of the module are to enable students to process, transform and communicate information.

In particular to introduce:
• information modes and communication methods appropriate to particular circumstances and architectural tasks: such as
• Manual communication techniques
• Principles for written and graphic media
• Basic to advanced computing skills in the architectural context
• Core study and workplace computer skills

This subject area involves an on-going increasing proportion of the syllabus as the course progresses. This module concentrates upon the skills used in the essential processes in communications and designs and in addition usually draws upon the use of computers for their effectiveness in communication at various stages in a students professional development.

Outline Of Syllabus

Study skills: Research, Time Management, Information Processing.

Evaluative Skills: Manuel and computer based.

Workplace Skills: Group/Team work

Communication Skills: written (correspondence, reports, essays), Visual/graphical (models; crafted and computer generated and images of various types: photography, diagrams, technical drawings, evocative sketches.

Oral - (presentation - presentation and discussion of design concept and processes).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture252:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion155:0055:00Topics explored through lectures, presentations, demonstrations, workshops and exercises
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading95:0045:00Directed workshops and trips
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The topics are explored through lectures, presentations, demonstrations, workshops, exercises and assignments with supporting sessions

clinics – for essay and assignment work. Some aspects are also demonstrated, explored and tested in workshop topics, assessments and presentations during ARC1001 project work.

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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M50Measured Drawing and Qualitative Representations of Space
Design/Creative proj2M502D CAD, 3D Modelling and Image Manipulations
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment is by two pieces of assessed coursework which demonstrates that the student has developed:

A range of qualitative representational skills important to the design process, including city drawing, photography, and life drawing:

The ability to survey accurately and, from those notes, to draw a measured plan, section and details, following appropriate conventions.

Skills in curating a portfolio of work from these exercises.

A structured approach to 2D CAD drawings, 3D computer modelling, image manipulation, and rendered videos is assessed.

Digital skills to undertake architectural communication with associated design-related factors culminating in the production of a presentation sheet and a rendered video.

Additionally, a log book is submitted to asses robustness of processes when developing a digital communication strategy.

Reading Lists