ARCT1010 Drawing History

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Architecture A major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
This unit provides an introduction to the social and historical contexts of architecture and building works. It emphasises the instrumental, symbolic and aspirational roles performed by representations of architecture and landscape design, particularly drawings. The unit contextualises drawings, while introducing notions like the seriality of images, their relation to one another for a given historical period and across time. By means of drawing and writing analyses, students are encouraged to recognise how the designer comes to be a powerful creative agent, largely by means of their mastery of representational systems.
Students are able to (1) have basic knowledge of the built, social and historical context of significant architectural projects; (2) acquire basic written and drawn research and analytical skills; (3) to use a range of visual and literacy sources to develop visual and textual analysis of architecture; and (4) develop basic communication skills in interpersonal relationships, oral discussion and critical analysis of significant works of architecture.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) illustrated essay; (2) tutorial presentation; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Philip Goldswain
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Set up costs (estimated cost - $257-$772).
Contact hours
lectures/workshops/tutorials: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 2-2020 [SEM-2-2020]
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