Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 4 30 (15) Howard Griffin checkmark-circle


This module introduces the principles and skills needed to communicate design aspirations throughout the design process. Developing the use of freehand drawing, modelmaking, draughting, digital representation and presentation skills, this module provides a communications foundation upon which subsequent design and theory modules rest.
Through the encouragement of experimentation and investigation, the acquisition of skills in recording, and engaging with, the observed environment through appropriate drawing, modelling, and a whole range of graphic systems will be tested. Emphasis is placed on the use of the sketch book and reflection in the learning process.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 105
Private Study Hours: 195
Total Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Portfolio (100%)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1. A basic ability to prepare and present building design projects of diverse scale, complexity, and type in a variety of contexts, using a range of media, and in response to a brief (C1 (GC1.1))
2. A basic knowledge of the creative application of the fine arts to studio design projects, in terms of their conceptualisation and representation (C9 (GC3.3))
3. An ability to produce and collate an appropriate set of drawings to communicate a design proposal (D10)
4. An ability to produce 2D visualisations and 3D models using a variety of media (D11)

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1. A basic ability to apply a range of communication methods and media to present design proposals clearly and effectively (C40 (GA1.2))
2. An ability to integrate information between software packages (D12)


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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