Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Architecture
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Alison Fairley


Explores the principles, history and methods of perspective and orthographic projection, and engages in the practice of descriptive geometry through the use of contemporary computer technology and computer aided drafting (CAD). Basic techniques of visualisation and the translation of traditional analogue modes of representation into the digital will be introduced, along with technical CAD modelling and drawing skills in both two and three-dimensions.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Be aware of the function of computer aided drafting (CAD) as a fundamental tool of two and three-dimensional design;
  2. Understand the transition between two-dimensional and three-dimensional systems of representation and their associated drawing conventions;
  3. Have developed basic skills in computer aided drawing in two and three dimensions using industry standard hardware / software;
  4. Understand the principles of descriptive geometry, its methods of representation and protocols of orthographic and axonometric projection;
  5. Have basic knowledge of the theoretical and historical origins of perspective and orthographic projection as an analogue form of practice and representation;
  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)

Contact hours

12 hours per week, including 4 hours lecture/tutorial and 8 hours of independent study