FACULTY OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN

Department of Architecture

ARCH 334 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Looking, Thinking, Sketching
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
ARCH 334
Fall/Spring
1
4
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course -
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives In this Studio/Workshop the student will learn to use different techniques of visual communication by exploring them in a more experiential approach. Invention and Imagination will be encouraged in the process of designing the drawings/documents. This will help the student to understand the importance of conventional parameters of architecture such as form, space, proportion, texture, light and shadow, but also particular spatial experiences and events, people, sounds, smells, colors, materiality, and the role of invention and imagination.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will be able to work and develop abstractions from concrete images into design generation concepts.
  • will be able to evaluate the contributions of the built and the natural environment to the design process and its alternatives.
  • will develop an advanced skill level in using “visual” hand drawing tools and design thinking methods.
  • will be able to apply ideas and models into sketches.
  • will be able to research, experiment on and use a wide selection of mixed media including traditional sketching materials.
Course Description In the Process of Making and Designing, all drawings and sketches, collages and words, photographs and models become documents of exploration and experimentation, as well as documents of representation. Like printmaking that places a layer over layer transcribing and transforming elements of the work of art, every sketch will play an important role in the thinking process to formulate a design idea. In using sketching as a critical thinking tool all documents created in class will help understand the objects we see such as sites, buildings, and landscape; transforming and creating a metaphorical structure that serves as a vocabulary used in the development of new ideas

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Syllabus overview: introduction, attendance and time keeping. Handout and discussion. Introduction Assignment #1
2 Creating Awareness: The eye and how we understand the world, the importance of understanding sketching tools and the quality of lines. 1. Outlines 2. Gesture Lines 3. Contour Lines 4. In-Class Assignment #2
3 Creating Awareness: Draw what you see and not what you think you see. Eye/Hand coordination awareness. 1. Contour lines 2. Blind-Contour line looking at the hand 3. Check-back contour drawing 4. In-Class Assignment #3
4 Creating Awareness: Making distinctions. The metaphorical aspects of drawing. The importance of composition in the drawing narrative 1. Space and Form 2. Basic Composition techniques 3. Dots, Lines and traces 4. In-Class Assignment #4
5 Spatial Experience: Making distinctions. The human figure in Space. Basic Human proportions and capturing the essence of form and gesture. The importance of having Entourage in your drawings. 1. Contour lines 2. Blind-Contour line looking at the model 3. Check-back contour drawing 4. Economy of lines 5. In-Class assignment #5
6 Spatial Experience: Creating an illusion of depth. Understanding the role of light and shadow in the spatial perception. 1. Light, Shade and Shadow 2. Hatching techniques 3. Overlapping and Gradients 4. In Class assignment #6
7 Spatial Experience: Linear Perspective an Experiential approach 1. Introduction to perspectives 2. One, Two and Three points perspectives 3. In Class assignment #7
8 Spatial Experience: Linear Perspective an Experiential approach. The importance of a storyboard when narrating an experience. 1. Introduction to perspectives 2. One, Two and Three-point perspectives 3. The Storyboard 4. In Class assignment #8
9 Spatial Experience: Linear Perspective an Experiential approach. Introduction to collage making and mix media representation 1. Comic Book Perspective based on various concepts
10 Spatial Experience: Mapping- “Final Project” 1. Working session Comic Book Perspective
11 Spatial Experience: Linear Perspective an Experiential approach. 1. Comic Book Perspective Presentation
12 Spatial Experience: Introduction- Final Project 1. Working session
13 Folding surfaces- Final Project 1. Working session
14 Program and site- Final Project 1. Working session 2. Cover Collage assembly based on various concepts
15 The story- Final Project Introduction to collage making and mixed media representation Final Book Project Due
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

Experiential Drawing, Robert Regis Dvorak. Crisp Publications, Inc. Menlo Park, California. ISBN: 9781560520658

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Elizabeth Edwards. ISBN: 9780874775235

Suggested Readings/Materials

Design Drawing, Francis D. K. Ching ISBN: 9781118061589

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
5
Laboratory / Application
1
5
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
30
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
2
60
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
4
70
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
30
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
1
16
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: '.16.' x total hours)
16
4
64
Study Hours Out of Class
10
1
10
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
8
0
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
0
Presentation / Jury
0
Project
1
14
14
Seminar / Workshop
0
Oral Exam
0
Midterms
2
0
Final Exam
0
    Total
104

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to offer a professional level of architectural services.

X
2

To be able to take on responsibility as an individual and as a team member to solve complex problems in the practice of design and construction.

X
3

To be able to understand methods to collaborate and coordinate with other disciplines in providing project delivery services.

 

X
4

To be able to understand, interpret, and evaluate methods, concepts, and theories in architecture emerging from both research and practice.

X
5

To be able to develop environmentally and socially responsible architectural strategies at multiple scales. 

X
6

To be able to develop a critical understanding of historical traditions, global culture and diversity in the production of the built environment.

7

To be able to apply theoretical and technical knowledge in construction materials, products, components, and assemblies based on their performance within building systems.

8

To be able to present architectural ideas and proposals in visual, written, and oral form through using contemporary computer-based information and communication technologies and media.

X
9

To be able to demonstrate a critical evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills to diagnose individual educational needs and direct self-education skills for developing solutions to architectural problems and design execution.

X
10

To be able to take the initiative for continuous knowledge update and education as well as demonstrate a lifelong learning approach in the field of Architecture.

X
11

To be able to collect data in the areas of Architecture and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1)

X
12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise. 

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 


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