Architecture BA (Hons)London South Bank University Department of Education
- Bachelor's degree
- London (Inglaterra)
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The programme is structured around design projects; Design studies which makes up 50% of the course and provides opportunities to develop skills, demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following related subject areas: Technology and Environment studies, Cultural Context (including History and Theory), Communication studies (including Digital Media) and Professional Practice.
These studies run over the three years of the course, with separate modules in each year.
Methods of assessment for course overall: 41% coursework
Module summaryYear 1
- Design 101
- Design 102
- Design 103
- Cultural context 1
- Technology 1
- Communication 1
- Design 201: experimental media
- Design 202
- Design 203
- Cultural context 2
- Technology 2
- Communication 2: digital design
- Design 301
- Design 302
- Design 303
- Cultural context 3
- Technology and professional practice 3
The acquisition of core design skills and knowledge is central to the programme and these are developed through studio activities and the completion of design projects in the preparation of the design portfolio. We encourage a creative and analytic approach to designing using models, drawings and computer graphics to explore a wide range of design methodologies. Studio activity also includes learning how to communicate ideas, both verbally and visually, to tutors and fellow students. This presentation of your work and the feedback you receive is referred to as a 'crit' or 'review' and is an opportunity for you to explain your approach to the design process and to clarify your ideas.
- Technology and environment
Structural, construction and environmental technologies are integral parts of the design process from conceptual idea to final proposal. In year one the principles of these technologies are learnt and this knowledge is then developed and applied in years two and three of the programme. The technology and environment syllabus is delivered in lectures and workshops and then generally assessed by means of coursework as an integral part of design studio work. Students are able use technology as a driver in their architectural thinking and then apply the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired within their design projects.
- Cultural context
The three year cultural context programme comprises four history and theory modules. These position the individual student experience within the wide subject area of architecture, establishing views as to the role of architecture within culture, covering the ethical and rational critique of architecture, and the application of philosophical thought to architecture. The theory modules establish rigour in thinking, critical investigation, the application and organisation of research, writing skills and referencing. Studies in the history and theory of architecture also encourage students to be aware of previous works of architecture and diverse design methodologies when making their own proposals in the studio.
Communications studies involve both hand drawing, hand modelling, and the acquisition of computer skills. Communications 1 one introduces both 2D and 3D hand and digital drawing and Digital Media 2 covers the basics of 3D computer modelling and fabrication and is connected to a design project. The teaching of a professional CAD programme is an essential part of the programme and a key skill to ensure employability.
- Professional practice
All third year students are introduced to professional practice through a series of lectures and case studies. The lecture-based teaching is delivered by practitioners and representatives from the regulatory bodies. Students are required to manage and appraise their own working practices with regard to their final year's work. They are taught how to prepare a CV and search for work. Students are also encouraged to visit an architect's office in preparation for working in practice and to participate in the RIBA Mentoring scheme.