Digital Architecture Portfolio - ARCH8490

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 7 30 (15) Howard Griffin checkmark-circle


This module will guide students through the skills and procedures needed in a professional architectural visualisation context. The programme of study will compare the available software packages used in industry and will provide students with a hands-on ability to model, texture, light and render architectural visualisations. Through a series of exercises advancing in complexity, by the end of this module successful students will be able to create a portfolio of realistic digital architectural models and images appropriate for a range of target industries and applications.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 60
Private Study hours: 240
Total hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Portfolio of architectural visualisation images (100%)

Re-assessment methods

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Ablan, D. (2002). Digital Cinematography and Directing (Indianapolis, New Riders)
Cusson, R & Cardoso, J. (2009). Realistic Architectural Vizualisation with 3DS MAX and Mental Ray:
Second edition (Amsterdam, London, Focal Press)
Daniele, T. (2008). Poly-Modelling with 3DS Max: Thinking Outside of the Box (Burlington, Focal
Murdock, K. (2009). 3DS MAX 2010 Bible. Indianapolis: Wiley Publishing.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

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

1 A systematic understanding and knowledge of the wide range of skills and procedures required in digital modelling, texturing, lighting and rendering within a professional
architectural context
2 A comprehensive understanding the role of digital visualisation in an architectural context
3 The ability to critically appraise the quality of rendered architectural imagery required within a professional context, and understand how their work fits within this
4 A critical awareness of the issues/problems raised by the application of the range of software programmes available, with advanced ability of 3D Studio Max in particular
5 The ability to create and develop a portfolio of architectural visualisation imagery to a professional standard

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

1 An ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions
clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
2 An ability to continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a professional level using industry-standard software
3 A comprehensive ability to use 3D modelling software to explore digital form and space


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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