Visual Representation (8322.5)
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|Faculty Of Arts And Design
|School Of Design And The Built Environment
|Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Students will also be introduced to key techniques in composite representation, technical drawing, elementary 3D modelling, and colour/material application.
Students will undertake a series of exercises and research tasks to develop their visual communications skills and techniques.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Discuss approaches to visual spatial literacy, critical thinking and representation of design intent;
2. Define key principles of composition and of visual communication; and
3. Identify the primary techniques used for illustration, modelling and visual presentation.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
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A selected group of readings is also available on the Unit Canvas Site
Ching, F 1975, Architectural Graphics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey.
Drawing for Product Designers (Portfolio Skills): by Kevin Henry
Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design (Portfolio Skills) by Bjarki Hallgrimsson
Reid, G. Landscape Graphics, revised ed. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2002.
Boundy, A. W. (Albert William) 1992 Engineering Drawing Fourth Edition, McGraw-Hill, Sydney
Ching, F & Binggeli, C 1987, Interior Design Illustrated, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey.
Ching, F 1990, Drawing a Creative Process, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York
Ching, F 1998, Design Drawing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey.
Davies, Colin 2006, Key houses of the twentieth century: plans, sections and elevations, Laurence King Publishing, London
Montague, John c1998, Basic Perspective Drawing, a Visual Approach, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York
Munari, Bruno 2008, Design as Art, Penguin Books LTD, London
Yanes, M & Domingues, E 2005, Freehand Drawing for Architects and Interior Designers, WW Norton & Company, New York
Bonollo, E 2010, Product Design: A course in first principles, Elivio Bonollo, Australia
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Students are required to upload their final work on Canvas (presented but not uploaded work will not be marked).
Photographs & digital scans of all 3D models & 2D presentations must be uploaded with the assignment.
All submissions MUST be uploaded to the Canvas / Mahara site by the due date.
The first page needs to contain: name of the student, student number, name of the tutor, name of the unit and title of the work.
Special assessment requirements
Non-Conforming Submissions of Assessment Items
Submissions that do not meet the specified content, format or other requirements will be penalised through a reduction in the grade.
Submissions may require:
‘Stand up' presentations
An ability to present, explain and justify your work is an essential task for any design professional. Students will be required to stand up, pin up, and ‘talk to their work,' presenting their ideas and explaining their design to the group. You will be given time slots with time for questions. Students should be able to discuss their aims, design process and how they have approached the design. It's often a good idea to jot down some key points for presentation and discussion. If it is a research presentation, it may be beneficial to include some visual materials, rather than purely verbal narrations.
Often presentations will be to a panel of visiting critics. This requires special consideration. You will need to design your presentation assuming the guest has no prior knowledge of the project site, program or your previous design work.
Students should sit in on all other student's presentations and ask questions. Final presentations should provide an opportunity for group learning, and a satisfying conclusion to each project.
3 dimensional physical models
Scale modelling is a primary medium of environmental design, essential to an understanding of form, materials and structure. Modelling need not be concerned entirely with realism or authenticity – some level of abstraction of site features or materials may be more effective. You will need to provide most of your own purchased, recycled or salvaged materials.
Drawings and other graphics
Presentations will usually require site plans, floor plans, sections and details, elevations and perspective drawings. These can be hand drawn or digital, depending on the particular assignment. Design technical drawings should generally be to scale and labeled as such. Presentation of earlier concept and site sketching can also be useful. Always ensure the scale of graphics is suitable for the presentation, usually viewed at a distance of around 2–3 metres.
A sketch folio (A3 or A4) should be brought to every studio class and should be the means by which you record your thoughts, concept sketches, notes and research related to the projects.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Good studio practices
The following additional discipline specific regulations and procedures are designed to ensure equity for students in the submission, feedback and assessment of projects.
1. Special assessment requirements
It is a requirement for the successful completion of the learning outcomes, and for professional accreditation of this unit, that students attend on-campus and participate in all studio classes. On-campus participation in scheduled studio classes is an essential part of the learning process. Engaging in academic discourse with other students and with the tutor/unit convener will provide a greater connection to learning, garner a range of opinions and knowledge in addition to providing the opportunity for greater clarity and assistance in achieving unit outcomes.
Full attendance at all classes is expected. There is a significant link between a student’s attendance / participation, and the quality of their learning outcomes demonstrated by the submitted assessable project components.
Please advise the Unit Convener (by email) in advance if you are unable to attend a particular class or studio.
It is the student’s responsibility to make up all missed information and learning from class time.
Students are in particular required to attend on-campus and participate in all Studio Reviews/Critiques or Juries. Where a student is not able to come to such a session they will have to negotiate a new time with the unit convener at a time convenient to both. External work duties, assignments for other units and holidays do not constitute relevant reasons for missing class or Studio Reviews/Critiques or Juries.
2. Studio Clean Up/ Shared Use
Studios are to be cleared of work at the end of each class. Students are responsible for removing their materials, equipment, progress models and drawings as needed to ensure clear teaching spaces for subsequent studios.
3. Submission requirements and protocols
It is UC policy that students submit ALL written work on Canvas in the appropriate assignment dropbox for this unit. You should ensure that your name, student number, and unit name is provided on the front cover and as a running header on each page.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the correct version of any given assignment is submitted by the due date and time as indicated in the unit’s Canvas site and unit outline.
USB or emailed assignment submissions will not be accepted. Submissions that do not meet the specified content, format or other requirements may be penalised through a reduction in marks.
Where students are required to submit models, drawings, posters or other physical artefacts that cannot be submitted electronically, students must create an electronic record (digital image, scanned copy, PDF version, or video) of the artefact and submit this in the appropriate assignment dropbox on Canvas as evidence of their completed and on time submission.
Students will not be required to submit preparatory field notes, visual journals or design studio portfolios, unless specifically required as part of the unit assessment tasks. Students may be asked to provide evidence of these in class at the request of the unit tutor or unit convener.
4. Critique Feedback and return of material
Apart from the grades, marks and comments given for the progressive assignments through Canvas, feedback will be provided in the form of verbal comments and critique during studio classes and at critiques. An ability to present, explain and justify the work is an essential task of any design professional. Students will be required to stand up, pin up, and talk to their work, presenting their ideas and explaining the design to a group. Students will be given time slots with time for questions. During a critique students should be able to discuss the aims, design process and how they have approached the design brief.
Verbal critiques are designed to provide iterative feedback to the students on their progress against the assessment outcomes of the Design Brief. They are conducted a number of times a semester in front of peers, and students are encouraged to benchmark their work against that of others. It’s often a good idea to jot down some key points for presentation and discussion and students are encouraged to enlist the help of a peer to take notes or record the feedback on their behalf during the presentation.
The final critique, also known as a jury, is held in front of invited guests. During the final critique academics will usually undertake one of the following activities: seek information, test an argument, evaluate outcomes or make contextual and theoretical comparisons. In return students are invited to present their own work and to evaluate their level of understanding of the learning outcomes. This two-way process necessarily elicits both positive and negative critique and can lead to misunderstandings about the process and outcomes. However, at all times, all participants can expect to be treated respectfully and ethically by staff, students and visitors, as they work in partnership to better the learning outcomes for all.
All grades will be posted on the dedicated studio unit on Canvas. Work will not be available for collection before the nominated return date. Students must retain a digital copy of their assessable work; this includes the electronic copy of physical artefacts. Students should expect that tutors will write on or otherwise alter their work as a part of the assessment and feedback process.
In design education and practice a fundamental vehicle for receiving feedback is the verbal response or critique. Designers are expected to listen carefully and dispassionately to what is said and respond accordingly. Remember that the criticism is always concerned with the work, not the person. It is therefore important that you develop the facility for recording what is said. This may include enlisting a fellow student to take notes for you during your presentation and then you should do the same in return.
5. Announcements and Additional information
Additional information, including assignment and submission requirements will be provided in separate handouts that will be posted on Canvas. Reading and complying with this information and instruction is a requirement for students enrolled in this unit.
Announcements made during studios, seminars or lectures, or sent to your University of Canberra student email address, will be deemed to have been made to the whole group. Students are responsible for regularly checking their UC student email.
Consultation with Staff
Contact with staff should generally be within the allocated class times. Consultation outside of these hours shall be by prior appointment, and in addition to, not in lieu of, the scheduled class time. Students who fail to attend classes, and who do not have a medical or counsellor’s certificate or other genuine reason for missing classes, should not expect additional tutorial or consultation time.
Please note: staff are not able to return calls to long distance or mobile telephone numbers after normal hours or on weekends or holidays. Emails are normally not checked or answered at nights, on weekends or on public holidays.
Teaching staff (and particularly part-time staff) may not be able to attend to phone calls or reply to emails immediately. Please ensure any urgent matters are brought to their attention within the studio session or request assistance in notifying the Convener through the Administrative Assistant for the Course.
Late Collection of Assignments
Designers and design students, are expected to take responsibility for their work. In the context of the design studios, this is considered to include both submitting the work on time, and collecting it following assessment.
Care in the studio
Please respect the table-tops. Always use a cutting board or a sheet of cardboard under materials you are cutting.
Use sharp blades in a measured and controlled way to avoid injury. Use model making glues and adhesives with care. Seek First Aid assistance from a First Aid Officer in staff administration office on level 5 of H-Block.
Plan ahead! You are expected to come to each studio prepared with your work in progress, and all materials and equipment needed for that day at the beginning of studio.
It is a requirement for the successful completion of the learning outcomes, and for professional accreditation of this unit, that students come to campus and participate in all studio classes. On-campus participation in scheduled studio classes is an essential part of the learning process. Engaging in academic discourse with other students and with your tutor/unit convener will provide a greater connection to learning, garner a range of opinions and knowledge in addition to providing the opportunity for greater clarity and assistance in achieving unit outcomes.
Required IT skills
The ability to take digital images and print them. The ability to operate student emails and adequately negotiate the unit's Canvas site.
Materials and equipment needed to undertake the projects, such as drawing and model making materials, and costs associated with any site visits, are generally the responsibility of each individual student. This could be in the order of $300 per semester.
Work placement, internships or practicums