ARC3015 : Theory into Practice
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Mr Matthew Ozga-Lawn
- Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||5|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||5|
To extend students' design vocabulary and analytical/critical skills.
To develop students' verbal/visual presentational skills.
To foster a reflective approach to architectural design and representation.
To encourage critical engagement with architecture as a design-led discipline.
The module comprises a series of lectures and small-group seminars. The lectures and seminars explore the theoretical parameters of architectural design and representation, the role of taste cultures and critical doctrine as formative influences on design, as well as the methods and approaches that inform design as a creative discipline. These lectures and seminars are closely co-ordinated with and in-part delivered by staff teaching ARC3001 design graduation studios. The critical studies offer students the opportunity to engage with critical practice and discourse around their graduation studio project/s.
Outline Of Syllabus
Theme: Creating & Evaluating Quality in Architecture
The syllabus – and therefore the subject and scope of the examination – comprises student selected critical studies of design and representation. These studies will take the form of drawings and exhibition pieces together with individual reflective essays.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||25||1:00||25:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||6||1:00||6:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||30||1:00||30:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||1:00||1:00||Exhibition and presentation(s)|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||6||2:00||12:00||Seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||26||1:00||26:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
This module is structured so as to engage students in activities that will impact directly on the development of their design, presentation and critical abilities. To highlight this symbiotic relationship between design and theory/ criticism the module is linked to the design module ARC3001 through the production of a reflective piece on their graduation studio work (drawings, models, videos etc) including critical analysis of the methods deployed. For this module students are expected to write an illustrated critical appraisal and assessment of their chosen representation method(s).
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||M||100||Individual 1500-word essay|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Individual student performance is assessed by means of one short (1500 word) illustrated essay which reflects on their design studio work undertaken in the ARC3001 module. The essay should unpack the representational techniques employed by the student, exploring their practice within the defined pedagogy of the studio they are working within. Students should demonstrate an awareness of the various meanings and codes attached to architectural representation and be able to situate their own work within a wider, ongoing series of practices.
Criteria for assessment are each student’s:
• Ability to carry out independent research into architectural representation and the principles and theories that underpin it.
• Understanding of the principal design concept(s) underpinning their chosen architectural designs and the way they are represented.
• Ability to analyse the relative success of their architectural solutions in terms of the cultural factors that influenced the project.
• Ability to relate the selected project to the context of current architectural debate, and to their own personal design philosophy.
• Skill in communicating ideas and conclusions, succinctly, by means of appropriate media.