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AR40300: Design studio 5

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Credits: 18 [equivalent to 36 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 360
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: To develop designs that address wider issues of urban design and landscape as well as detail considerations of material strategies and techniques as part of an integrated architectural approach.
To encourage each student to explore and develop their own design processes through a series of structured exercises run in parallel with the studio design projects.

Learning Outcomes: Students who have completed this unit will -
Have the ability to:
* prepare and present building design projects of diverse scale, complexity, and type in a variety of contexts, using a range of media, and in response to a brief
* to evaluate and apply a comprehensive range of visual, oral and written media to test, analyse, critically appraise and explain design proposals
Have knowledge of:
* the creative application of the theories, practices and technologies of the arts to studio design projects, in terms of their conceptualization and representation.

Skills: The ability to manage and produce individual work as well as work as part of a group. To undertake critical assessment of information and its clear communication. The ability to synthesise in elegant designs the complex demands of context, environment, materials, user needs and function.

Content: The unit has two aspects both aimed at providing necessary skills for the design thesis in Year 2.
The first sets two sequential projects, each based in urban locations, and involves at least one study visit to a town or city, the collection of visual, historical, social and cultural information relating to its development, the presentation of drawings photographs and models of the past and present character and future potential of the area and the design and presentation of proposals for Landscape, Building and Detail elements of each project. The designs are to be presented through both drawings and models (physical and/or computer models). Designs will be developed with due regard to aesthetic and technical requirements prevailing within the urban context studied and with due regard to the perceived long-term social and physical needs of the local community. Specialist expertise will be provided by visiting consultants, and visiting design critics will be invited at appropriate times during the project.
The second aspect is interwoven with the first and includes a series of structured exercises in design process. These will involve both individual and collaborative working and group workshops or discussions. Feedback, criticism or tutorial will primarily be provided through peer review and by studio tutors.

Programme availability:

AR40300 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • TEAR-APA29 : Architecture Degree Apprenticeship
  • UEAR-ANM08 : MArch(Hons) Architecture with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 1)


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