KA4000 - Space and Design Investigations

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will experience the fundamental practices and processes of design through appreciating existing settings and producing appropriate narrative and space based proposals. You will develop knowledge in the diversity and richness of contemporary ideas and be able to respond effectively as an individual or as part of a team to given narrative and design based scenarios to help you understand design language. You will interpret set design briefs for generating small scale grouped spaces to test and evaluation atmosphere, language, space and form, whilst being introduced to the appropriate two and three-dimensional representation skills to explore your ideas.
Within this module you will participate in the following design related activities:

• Research and analysis
• Site analysis and context studies
• Precedence research
• Narrative studies
• Spatial diagramming
• Concept modelling
• Design development and modelling
• Communication and presentation

How will I learn on this module?

This design project module will be delivered using a combination of workshops, set project work and group and individual tutorials with academic staff. Lectures will be used to introduce projects and theories relevant to project work to support your understanding whilst tutorials support your direct learning and progress. You will work in groups and individually within the set design projects.

You will be provided with advice by staff in tutorials where you can explain how and why your proposals are developing in a particular manner. You will have regular progress reviews as formative assessment on an individual and group basis, and are encouraged to participate in these discussions. Directed learning will allow you to research issues raised in tutorials and independent learning will allow you to investigate your own themes.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

This design project module will be delivered using a combination of workshops, set project work and group and individual tutorials with academic staff. Lectures will be used to introduce projects and theories relevant to project work to support your understanding whilst tutorials support your direct learning and progress. You will work in groups and individually within the set design projects.

You will be provided with advice by staff in tutorials where you can explain how and why your proposals are developing in a particular manner. You will have regular progress reviews as formative assessment on an individual and group basis, and are encouraged to participate in these discussions. Directed learning will allow you to research issues raised in tutorials and independent learning will allow you to investigate your own themes.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

KU 1. Apply knowledge of and insight into the process of design within interpretive solutions to design problems.

KU 2. Assemble, analyse and integrate information systematically to develop design solutions.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

IPSA 1. Communicate effectively through an appropriate use of oral, written, graphic and modelling skills.

IPSA 2. Recognise design constraints to generate, test and develop ideas into appropriate design solutions.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

PVA 1. Demonstrate personal development in terms of self-motivation, management, confidence and imagination, allowing you to develop an enquiring, disciplined and open mind.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place within regular tutorials and at interim reviews to provide ongoing developmental guidance and reflection within each of the projects, towards all module learning outcomes.

Summative assessment is of the 2 submitted components;

1. Spatial Investigation Project (40%)
MLO: KU1, KU2, IPSA1, IPSA2, PVA1

2. Spatial Narrative Project (60%)
MLO: KU1, KU2, IPSA1, IPSA2, PVA1

Feedback will be offered in verbal, written and drawn forms, which will provide advice for further development and a critical appraisal of work and performance. Moderation of summative assessment will take place in portfolio reviews at the end of the module.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

In ‘Space and Design Investigations’, foundations are laid for you to develop an understanding of the processes involved in design and to experience the challenges and rigours of first independent attempts at designing to a brief.
In the process, however, you will break down any preconceptions with a series of short ‘space and design’ investigations working alone or as a member of a team. You will venture in to the ‘laboratory of life’, both real and imaginary, to install a passion for exploration, both physical and metaphysical, as a starting point for future development of lateral thinking, creativity and design problem-solving.

Regular formative assessment takes place at interim and final reviews. Summative assessment is of the portfolio of work comprising of the set design project which has been formatively assessed against the project criteria.

Course info

UCAS Code K100

Credits 30

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with study abroad

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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