Architectural Sketching and Drawing (AWSS1001)


This module aims to provide the student with the knowledge, skills and aptitude required to use a range of fundamental drawing skills and media to make a portfolio of drawings based on observation of the physical world, in particular the built world. On successful completion of this unit of study students will have demonstrated familiarity with a range of drawing media and techniques, including charcoal, graphite, conte crayon, pen, brush and ink, as well as being introduced to colour and mixed media. Students will be encouraged to develop a commitment to the practice of drawing as a discipline in its own right as well as a fundamental skill in all design areas. Each technique and approach will be presented against a background of art history and current architectural practice. Students will understand the importance of maintaining a diary as a site to record all their visual and conceptual research, and in which to draw on a daily basis as a means to develop both skills and ideas.

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Workshop 2 hrs/wk


Portfolio of works (60%); process journal (40%)

Practical work

Studio practice

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


DESA1601, DESA1602

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