UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals

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 Integrated Design; Architecture major sequences
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science students
  • Level 1 elective
Content This unit introduces students to studio practice in design and explores, at a basic level, the primary issues informing design—firmness, commodity and delight. The range of problems extends from objects, places, spaces and systems that respond to existing and emerging economic, environmental and social needs. The projects offered are designed to develop students' conceptual and compositional abilities to an introductory level, imparting the necessary skills to communicate concepts of modest complexity in a tangible form, and encouraging individual creative work within a supportive environment. Projects also introduce students to significant historical examples and concepts of design. Case studies relevant to the curriculum are presented and students are required to analyse them in establishing relevant design principles.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) acquire an elementary competence in design strategies, theories and methods; (2) acquire a basic knowledge of technical areas of study relevant to design methodology; (3) acquire a basic awareness of design precedents and ideas; (4) acquire basic competence in the application of various graphical and modelling communication media; (5) combine text and image in design presentations; and (6) develop the ability to verbally present design propositions.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) an interim project assessment (40 per cent) and (2) a final folio (60 per cent). Students must pass the final folio component to pass the unit. 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). Students must pass the final folio component to pass the unit 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 Beth George (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Incompatibility: ARCT1000 Studio Fundamentals
Contact hours studios: up to 6 hours per week
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.alva.uwa.edu.au/Units/IDES1000/SEM-1/2017
Semester 2 : http://www.unitoutlines.alva.uwa.edu.au/Units/IDES1000/SEM-2/2017
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