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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Art and Design
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ross Brewin


Foundation Studio introduces architectural design as a process of investigation, critical observation, and experiment. The unit focuses on design as a process engaged with the three-dimensional and material testing of ideas. Projects will be formulated to introduce issues such as scale in relation to the human body, site and environmental contexts, basic techniques of three-dimensional composition and the correct use of architectural drawing conventions.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Demonstrate a progression to a basic level of competence in architectural design.
  2. Have the ability to undertake basic analysis and respond appropriately to a straight-forward brief.
  3. Have developed a basic understanding of how observation, analysis, experiment and critique apply to the architectural design process.
  4. Have acquired a basic range of skills in verbal, graphic and 3-dimensional presentation
  5. Have acquired a basic range of skills in 3-dimensional and material testing of ideas
  6. Understand and be able to apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the unit of study


100% Mixed Mode

Chief examiner(s)

Ross Brewin

Contact hours

8 hours studio per week or equivalent and 16 hours of independent study.