DESST 1504 - Representation I
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code DESST 1504 Course Representation I Coordinating Unit Architecture and Landscape Architecture Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Restrictions Available to B.ArchDes & B.E(Arch) & B.E(Civil) & B. Creative Arts students only Quota A quota will apply Course Description The course introduces the traditions and origins of representation in architecture and landscape architecture, including: architectural drafting conventions, fundamental drawing principles and graphic techniques. Several different methods of graphic communication and their relationship to the design process are explored, including freehand sketching and drawing plans, sections and elevations. Rendering, one and two-point perspective, axonometric drawing, composition and graphic layout skills will also be introduced. The course uses both a laboratory and studio format that aims to develop both hand drawing and computer aided graphics skills including Photoshop and InDesign.
Course Coordinator: Dr Athanasios LazarouAthanasios Lazarou
Rm 469 Lvl 4, Architecture Bldg
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.The typical weekly schedule includes:
1x 1hr lecture: Mondays 9-10am in person, Napier G04.
1x 2hr tutorial: Mondays (weeks 1-9, 12), Barr Smith South, 534, Studio
1x 2hr workshop: Monday (week, 10-11), Barr Smith South 539 Computer Suite
Check access Adelaide for your workshop and tutorial group times.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. identify the importance of communication in the design context and apply disciplinary conventions in their assessable work
2. apply graphic and spatial thinking through the continuing practice of drawing
3. generate, read and interpret orthographic drawings, paraline drawings and perspective drawings.
4. demonstrate various analogue techniques of representation both in 2D and 3D
5. employ basic digital tools to use in combination with analogue tools
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesThe following books are prescribed texts or resources for purchase in this course.
- Ching, F., (2019) Design Drawing, Version Three WileyPress.
- Delancy, M.,Gorman, A. (2015) Studio Craft & Technique for Architects, Laurence King Publishing.
Much material will be available online or will be given through lectures and tutorials. In addition students will be expected to structure and undertake their own research, that is, to locate and read material relevant to the project and particularly their chosen topic and argument.
You will need continual access to MyUni for regular updates and course material.
Please refer to the ‘Eckersleys’ equipment list on the course website and also available from the Architecture school reception. This list is considered the basic equipment/material requirement for most of the courses that you will undertake in the Bachelor of Architectural Design / Engineering (Architectural) and beyond. There will be some additional art materials required for this subject. For example a heavier weight paper for specific tasks. You will be informed of these in advance of requirement.
The lecture will also facilitate discussion to course related matters.
All students are expected to read and be familiar with all provided course information available on MyUni..
Speaker Series:The School has lecture series where respected practitioners and academics from the field deliver a public lecture on
contemporary architectural practice. In order to expand your knowledge of contemporary directions in design it is recommended that you attend these sessions. The sessions are held in the HoraceLamb Lecture Theatre, and the detail of dates and speakers is available from the School website and the Front Office.
Recommended ResourcesChing, F., (1990) Drawing, a Creative Process, Van Nostrand Reinhold.
Delancy, M.,Gorman, A. (2015) Studio Craft & Technique for Architects, Laurence King Publishing.
Farrelly, L(2007) Basics Architecture 1:Representational Techniques, AVA Publishing.
Gill, R.W., (1975) Creative Perspective, Thames & Hudson
Hanks, K., (1977) Drawing: a Visual Approach to Thinking, Learning and Communicating, Los Altos.
Hanks, K., (1980) Rapid Viz: A New Method for Rapid Visualization f Ideas, Los Altos.
Luscombe, D. and Peden, A., (1992) Picturing Architecture, Craftsman House.
Milton, H., (ed.), (1993) Glossary of Australian Building Terms, Sydney Building Information Centre.
Montague, J., (1988) Basic Perspective Drawing: A Visual Approach, New York: Wiley Press.
Powell, D., (1990) Presentation Techniques: A Guide to Drawing and Presenting Ideas, Macdonald.
Spankie, R., (2009) Drawing Out the Interior, AVA Publishing.
Standards Australia (1992) AS1100.101-1992 Technical Drawing - Part 101:General principles, Standards
Standards Australia (1985) AS1100.301-1985 Technical Drawing - Part 301:Architectural drawing
Taylor, A., (1992) Introduction to Construction Drawing, Prentice Hall.
Thomson, A., (1993) Introduction to Construction Drawing, Edward Arnold.
Unwin, S., (2003) Analysing Architecture, Routledge
Wilkie, G. and Arden, S., (1993) Building Your Own Home, Lansdowne Press.
Yee, R., (1997) Architectural Drawing: A Visual Compendium of Types and Methods, Wiley.
Zell, Mo (2008) The Architectural Drawing Course, Thames & Hudson
Online LearningLecture recordings, image pdfs, hand-outs, links for further reference and additional material considered of interest will be posted on the MyUni website following the relevant class.
University Email:The school uses the University email system to get in touch with the students. So it is imperative that you check your email regularly and keep up to date with any new announcements.
Use Discussion board on MyUni affectively to communicate with fellow classmates as well as tutors and lecturers.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures
Students are required to watch lectures as these will provide the initial basis for further discussion and critique toward development of assessable outputs. Lectures are recorded and available online via Echo360 on MyUni. A range of lectures will background the diverse range of understandings and practice of ‘representation’. This is also a place of opportunity to communicate and recieve feedback from Course coordinator.
Tutorial (Barr Smith South 534 Studio)
Time will be devoted to presentations of assessable assignment material and some exercises supporting delivery of the assignments. They are also the primary means to receiveindividual feedback via work-in-progress reviews. At this level of learning, peer review and commentary is encouraged as a valuable learning tool, both in offering comment on fellow-students’ work and in receiving and responding to comment on your own work. It is considered desirable to change and evolve yourposition throughout the course. Tutorials involve discussion and revision of points of view.
Workshop (Barr Smith South, 539, Arch Computer Suite)
Similar to tutorial, but will be held in computer lab where skills on computer will be demonstrated as well as getting direct feedback on given tasks on computer. No Lectures are scheduled for weeks with Workshops.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This is a 3 unit course. Students in this course are expected to attend 3 hours of lecture/tutorial each week and allow for 9 hours of
self-directed learning each week. That is a total of 12 hours a week for 12 weeks. The tutorials and other activities, including reviews of work in progress are an important component of learning in this course. The communication skills developed by regularly and actively participating in activities and discussions are considered extremely important by the School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.
Learning Activities SummaryLectures are on Tuesdays 1-2pm in Ligertwood, 333 Law Lecture Theatre2. Tutorials are on Fridays in Jordan Lab 304. Workshops (Weeks 10, 11) are on Fridays in Arch computer suite.
Wk01 03/3 Tue Lecture Course introduction, representation and design
06/3 Fri Tutorial Who Are You? 3D visualization of your name
Wk02 10/3 Tue Lecture Representation, design, idea.
13/3 Fri Tutorial Assessment 1a due > crit. Visualize your Dream
Wk03 17/3 Tue Lecture 3D Representation
20/3 Fri Tutorial Assessment 1b due > crit. Box making
Wk04 24/3 Tue Lecture 2D Representation
27/3 Fri Tutorial Assessment 2a due. Plan, Elevation, Section
Wk05 31/3 Tue Lecture Design Communication. Speaker Drew Joyce
03/4 Fri Tutorial Holiday
Wk06 07/4 Tue Lecture Abstraction. Design Thinking
10/4 Fri Tutorial Ass2b due > crit. Creating Volume
Wk07 28/4 Tue Lecture Artistic Representation. Speaker TBD
01/5 Fri Tutorial Volume for You
Wk08 05/5 Tue Lecture Axonometric Representation
08/5 Fri Tutorial Assessment 3a due. Axonometric drawing
Wk09 12/5 Tue Lecture Perspective Representation
15/5 Fri Tutorial 1pt 2pt Perspective Drawing
Wk10 19/5 Tue Lecture Digital Representation
22/5 Fri Wrkshp Photoshop collage
Wk11 26/5 Tue Lecture Laying out a poster. Speaker Drew Joyce
29/5 Fri Wrkshp Indesign Layout
Wk12 02/6 Tue Lecture TBD
05/6 Fri Tutorial Assessment 3b due 11am
Specific Course RequirementsThis course requires attendance at all lectures, tutorials, and workshops as outlinedin the Weekly Schedule. It is anticipated that students will spend time outside designated class hours in learning and progressing of their project.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Due Date/ Week Weight Length(Word,Time) Learning Outcomes Engagement Weeks 1-12
A series (4) of quizzes as a combination of multiple choice questions and in-progress work.
20% NA 1-4 A1: From 2D to 3D (model-making) April 2 (3 physical models) 40% NA 1-4 A2: From 3D to 2D and back to 3D (hand-drawing and digital representation) June 2 (poster submission) 40% TBA 1-4 Total 100%
Assessment Related RequirementsIt is recommended that you own a device with wifi connection such as tablet which you can bring to each class. If you are getting a personal laptop computer, it is recommended that it can support computer software such as Rhino, photoshop, illustrator, indesign.
Ideal spec for student laptop: 17 inch, Windows 64 bit, minimum of 16 gig of RAM, Intel i7 (or equivalent). Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon HD 4890 or better.
Assessment Detail0- Participation/Visual Diary/Quizzes & Tasks (10%)
Visual Diary: Students are to keep a visual diary for the semester.
- Draw a minimum 4 sketches per week
- You need to draw at least one each of the following: hand, object, nature, architecture
- Use black fine-line pen, pencil or charcoal to sketch
- You may use the diary to take notes in lectures and tutorials
- Note or sketch your dream until you complete assignment 1B
- Date and title each page neatly
- Note the journal is graded as either complete or incomplete, and is graded at two checkpoints during the semester
Due April 29 (Week 7) & June 21 (Week 13)
Participation/Quizzes & Tasks: At the end of each lecture there will be a short quiz to be completed.
- You will be instructed to submit your answers to the quiz or task on MyUni in each lecture Participation/Attendance Participation in both lectures and tutorials/workshops are required. Attendance will be taken at each session.
1- Assignment 1: Who Are You? (20%)
1A: Visualize your name as a 3 dimensional creation. In other words, represent who you are as a 3 dimensional abstraction. Think about the qualities represent you; what type of person are you, who you aspire to be, where you come from, what you like etc... You are free to explore any material to use for your creation; be creative, exploratory and technically precise. It should be minimum A5 and maximum A3 in size.
- Due March 14, 15:00 (Week 2) in tutorial & online*
*Submit three photographs of each of your models online with a short description explaining how it represents your who you are
1B: Visualize your dream. Pay attention to what you dream from the first day of class. Keep your visual diary by your bed, remembering to take note/sketch of it as soon as you wake up. Choose an unusual incident such as scene, object, character and represent it as a 3 dimensional object. You are free to explore any material to use for your creation; be creative, exploratory and technically precise. It should be minimum A5 and maximum A3 in size.
- Due March 21, 15:00 (Week 3) in tutorial & online*
*Submit three photographs of each of your models online with a short description explaining how it represents your dream
- Creative thinking/solution to the problem
- Exploration of material use in creation
- Use of correct model-making technique
- Joy/amusement in the solution
2- Assignment 2: Box Draw You (20%)
A box is to be created with cardboard material. The box must use two layers of cardboard and have 6 sides, 90 degree angles, with 3 sides fixed and the remaining 3 to be removable. It must be crafted with precision and clean craftsmanship as per the tutorial handout.
- Due April 4, 3:00pm (Week 4) in tutorial and online*
*Submit three photographs of your box on MyUni
2b: Hand drawn plan, elevation, and section drawings of your box and its content are to be submitted, to scale, paying attention to the correct drawing technique and page set-up.
- Due April 11, 3:00pm (Week 6) in class and online*
*Also submit a scanned PDF set (no photos) of your drawings on MyUni.
- Craftsmanship of the box
- Use of correct cutting/gluing techniques
- Critical eyes, observation to detail in drawing
- Understanding of orthographic projections
- Representation of intention in drawings
3- Assignment 3: Volume for You (50%)
Create an abstract volume derived from the drawings created in Assignment 2B. Use foam-core material with minimum 2 mm in thickness, do not use chipboard, matt board, or cardboard.
- Due May 9 , 15:00 (Week 8) in tutorial and online*
*Submit three photos of your volume as well as your creative development (sketches/developmental models etc) on MyUni
3b: The poster should include the following contents which are to be laid out clearly using InDesign to produce the final A1 poster. All drawings are to be hand-drawn.
- Plan and elevation
- Section with one point perspective
- Two point perspective exterior view
- Axonometric (plan oblique) drawing
- Collage using Photoshop showing atmosphere
- Creative title and short description of your volume/collage
Due June 14, (Week 13) 12:00 at front office and online*
*Print your poster and submit to front office, also submitting a PDF version online
- Creative intent and development of the volume
- Craftsmanship of the volume
- Understanding of orthographic/axonometric drawing
- Understanding of perspective drawing/image
- Quality of the collage, with consideration to creative intent, abstraction, and technical skills
- Clarity and composition of the board layout
**Details of the assignments may change during the semester. It will be announced in class, email or through MyUni.**
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The submission dates and locations for the assignments associated with this course are listed above and will be detailed in the hand-out sheets and on MyUni.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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