Design Studio 4 (9977.3)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Arts And Design|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|School Of Design And The Built Environment||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Understand critical spatial, environmental concepts and the value of site and context to design;
2. Communicate design solutions through visualisation, digital media, and prototypes/models;
3. Appreciate theory and precedent as design determinants;
4. Understand sustainable design and passive technologies;
5. Understand the integral relationship between design, structure and detail;
6. Exercise critical judgement in relation to their own and others' work;
7. Demonstrate high level communication and presentation skills; and
8. Demonstrate an awareness of ethics in design.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
This studio explores design as a process that draws on precedent, creativity, an understanding of the natural and cultural processes that form the 'stories' of the landscape.
For this unit students must draw on theirunderstanding of theory, developing spatial sequence, hierarchy and character. They will be asked to further consider site planning, resolving circulation, managing water, establishing and managing 'living infrastructure'.
Students will also be asked to explore the various 'stories' that are part of their site, identifying a key 'narrative' that will inform their approach to developing a 'wayfinding' concept for part of the town as well as more highly resolved site plan for the community's focal open space.
This studio will build on the important conceptual and analytical skills studentshave begun to develop. For this studio students will also be asked to consider their approach and response to the landscape at varying scales as well as presenting theirconcepts to different levels of resolution.
Landscape architecture students will be working in this studio alongside your colleagues in architecture and interior architecture. The ideas and concepts students develop will bring a fresh focus and new ideas to a local community and how they manage their town.
Prerequisites9976 Design Studio 3
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||02 August 2021||On-Campus||Ms Gay Williamson|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||01 August 2022||On-Campus||Ms Gay Williamson|
As announced on the unit Canvas site.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Additional information, including further assignment and assessment requirements will be provided in separate handouts [all on Canvas]. Reading and complying with this information and instruction is a requirement for students enrolled in this unit. Information in the form of project briefs will also be available on the unit Canvas site. Compliance with the project briefs forms part of the assessment tasks of the unit outline.
Use of text matching software
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.
- Special assessment requirements
It is a requirement for the successful completion of the learning outcomes 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Due to the requirements of professional accreditation samples of student work will be retained and stored by the University of Canberra for periods of up to three years. Where possible, each student should make a copy of any assignment (prior to submission) as that work may be retained and inaccessible thereafter.
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.
Full attendance at all lectures, studios and seminars is expected. Students must contact the unit convener in advance if they are unable to attend. 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) if you are unable to attend a particular class or studio.
Required IT skills
Students are expected to have at least intermediate skills in software relevant to their selected specialisation, associated with digital composition, presentation and report writing. Specific skills related to the studio can be discussed with your program convener prior to enrolment.
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.
Work placement, internships or practicums
- 8970 Studio 4