KA4002 - Introduction to Architectural Communications

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will be introduced to the basic skills of two and three dimensional visual communication used within architecture to explain design ideas. The emphasis of this introductory module is on the acquisition of knowledge and skills to allow you to communicate site characteristics and your design ideas with clarity. You will understand and employ manual techniques to develop an appreciation of the formal language of design communication and architectural drawing conventions, before moving onto digital methods of drawing production, including:

Two dimensional representation:
• Sketching and diagramming as tools for analysis and design development
• Orthographic set: Site plan, plan, section, interior elevation
Three dimensional representation:
• Projections, internal perspectives
• Model making, studio and workshop practice
Computer based techniques:
• An introduction to two dimensional computer representation
• An introduction to digital drawing conventions
• Manipulation of visual images and multimedia techniques

How will I learn on this module?

You will be introduced to a range of communication methods through weekly lectures. Each lecture will focus on a particular mode of communication and will be complemented by assignment tasks for your portfolio submissions. You will undertake independent working to produce a series of assignments to develop skills and apply your new knowledge, which are designed to complement your studio based design work. Seminar sessions will be scheduled to help you perfect some techniques in a smaller group environment and for opportunity to discuss you work and progress.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported with verbal feedback from your tutor during group tutorials and seminars to clarify the content of the taught material and assignments and to help you contextualise these tasks to your development. Lectures will be available online via the University’s eLearning Portal so that they can be used for your personal work all year long. Feedback will be provided after the submission of each of the portfolio assignments to assist your learning and further development.

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. Use appropriate manual visual communication methods in a variety of media to convey and evaluate design ideas and proposals.

KU 2. Use two dimensional electronic communication methods of conveying design ideas.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

IPSA 1. Understand and use the conventions of architectural representation by applying two-dimensional and three-dimensional graphics practices.

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

PVA 1. Be able to present complex ideas through graphics as well as to engage in informed dialogue.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment is through regular progress reviews in individual and group formats, where you will be expected to demonstrate your developing skills in using appropriate communication methods.

Summative assessment is of the 2 submitted portfolios :

1. Analogue Portfolio of manual communication assignments (50%)
MLO: KU1, IPSA1, PVA1

2. Digital Portfolio of computer based assignments (50%)
MLO: KU2, IPSA1, PVA1

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

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Introduction to Architectural Communications’ is the first step towards developing the fundamental skills of architecture representation based on the standards used in professional practice. It will introduce you to the different techniques of two-dimensional and three-dimensional representations that will be essential to formally express and communicate your idea in a format that can be explored by you and understood by others. You will learn important manual drawing and making skills as well as computer based drawing conventions to communicate your ideas and design intent.

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will be introduced to the basic skills of two and three dimensional visual communication used within architecture to explain design ideas. The emphasis of this introductory module is on the acquisition of knowledge and skills to allow you to communicate site characteristics and your design ideas with clarity. You will understand and employ manual techniques to develop an appreciation of the formal language of design communication and architectural drawing conventions, before moving onto digital methods of drawing production, including:

Two dimensional representation:
• Sketching and diagramming as tools for analysis and design development
• Orthographic set: Site plan, plan, section, interior elevation
Three dimensional representation:
• Projections, internal perspectives
• Model making, studio and workshop practice
Computer based techniques:
• An introduction to two dimensional computer representation
• An introduction to digital drawing conventions
• Manipulation of visual images and multimedia techniques

Course info

UCAS Code K100

Credits 20

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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