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AR10244: Design studio 1.1

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: While taking this unit you must take AR10014 and take AR10003
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce students to the following areas and concepts of design:
* Creative spatial and building design;
* Materials and basic construction;
* Visual communication through drawing and model-making;
* Design as a collaborative process (semester joint with engineers).
Students are encouraged to keep as many sketchbooks as possible, recording analytically three-dimensional spaces, both real and imagined, alongside ideas on how these buildings either are, or might be, constructed.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit, students should clearly demonstrate a basic ability to draw:
* Plan, section, and elevation;
* Axonometric and isometric projection;
* Perspective;
* Freehand and mixed media techniques;
* Construction drawing (in conjunction with AR10014, Detailed Design 1).
Students should demonstrate a basic three-dimensional awareness through their design solutions. Students must demonstrate the ability to meet the requirements of a given brief.

Freehand drawing. Technical drawing. Model making. Verbal presentation of work. No computer drawing is included within the first semester, except in exceptional circumstances, encouraging the students to undertake a varied number of communication tasks using different types of drawing and model-making techniques. Computers are permitted for the purposes of preparing the A3 reports associated with the project.

Two projects in Semester 1 with students in groups composed of architects and engineers working together. Typical core vehicles in Projects 1 and 2 are as follows. Project 1: composition of a series of spaces of different sizes on an abstract site. This exercise is the basis of the various drawing techniques outlined in 'Learning Outcomes' as well as an exercise in space enclosure and definition. Project 2: design of a one-storey timber building using frame construction. This is run in concurrently with the lecture series AR10013 Building Environment 1 and AR10014 Detailed Design 1. The project proposals are used as a vehicle for calculating environmental conditions in AR10013 Building Environment 1 and for the course work assessment for AR10014 Building Construction 1.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR10244 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Year 1)
  • UEAR-AKM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UEAR-AFB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 1)
  • UEAR-AKB07 : BEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UEAR-AFM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 1)
  • UEAR-AKM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.