UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCT1001 Architecture Studio 1

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Architecture major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science students
  • Level 1 elective
Content This unit offers an introduction to architectural design. Activities take place in semi-autonomous studios, each run by a studio coordinator. The studio environment provides a context for diverse concepts and experiments in the design of structures in relation to their physical and social contexts, response to functional requirements, application of basic structural principles, and to the effects of architectural composition, lighting and material perception upon the occupants' spatial and aesthetic perceptions. Project briefs are designed to develop students' conceptual and compositional abilities, and contextual understanding, imparting the necessary skills to communicate their ideas in a tangible form.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) acquire an elementary competence in architectural strategies, theories and methods; (2) explore to a preliminary level basic spatial and material architectural concepts; (3) acquire basic knowledge of technical areas of study relevant to architecture; (4) acquire basic understanding of architectural precedents; (5) acquire basic competence in the application of various graphical and modelling communication media; (6) develop the ability to combine text and images in architectural presentations; and (7) develop the ability to verbally present architectural propositions.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) an interim assessment (40 per cent) and (2) a final folio (60 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the a final folio (60 per cent) component of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is available in this unit for those students who obtain a mark of at least 45 overall provided they have also obtained a mark of at least 45 in a specified component of the unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Phillip Goldswain (Semester 1) and Dr Beth George (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Prerequisites: IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals (formerly ARCT1000 Studio Fundamentals)
Contact hours studio: up to 6 hours per week
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.alva.uwa.edu.au/Units/ARCT1001/SEM-1/2017
Semester 2 : http://www.unitoutlines.alva.uwa.edu.au/Units/ARCT1001/SEM-2/2017
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