ARC1001 - Foundation studio 1 - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Architecture

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Alex BrownDr Alex Brown (


Dr Alex BrownDr Alex Brown (

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)




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.


Upon 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% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

24 hours per week including 8 contact hours plus 16 hours of independent study.

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