Art & Design - FOUN0038

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Combined Autumn Spring Summer & Vacation 3 60 (30) JULIE MECOLI checkmark-circle


This module provides students with an introduction to elementary spatial design theory and practice. It prepares students for Stage One entry into degree courses in architecture, interior design and interior architecture, in addition to associated areas of design study.

Key curriculum areas that might be covered include observation (how to read spatial environments), making (basic principles of construction of objects and environments), recording & communication (skills in freehand drawing, basic workshop techniques for making maquettes, and photography), formal manipulation through design projects (scale, the user, synthesis of competing demands), basic principles of design history, brief making and questioning and a possible Field trip
The syllabus comprises the following subject areas:
i. History/theory and construction/manufacture
ii. Observation and documentation
iii. Systems of communication: drawings, scale, model making, photography.
iv. Design Project


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 168 hours
Private study hours: 432 hours
Total study hours: 600

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Project 1, Drawing (10%)
Project 2, (15%)
Illustrated Written report (draft) (1800 words) (5%)
Project 3, Container (20%)
Illustrated Written Report (final version of draft) (1800 words) (10%)
Project 4, Final Construction (25%)
Portfolio of work (15%)

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Berger, J. (2008) Ways of Seeing. (Reprint Edition). London: Penguin Classics
Ching, F. (2014) Architecture: Form, Space & Order. (4th edition). London: Wiley
Collings, M. (1999) This is Modern Art. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson.
Garner, S. (2004) An Introduction to Design and Designing. New York: Open University.
Rasmussen, S.E. (1962) Experiencing Architecture. Cambridge, Mass: MIT
Risebero, Bill (2012) The Story of Western Architecture. (4th edition). London: Herbert Press Ltd.
Stevens Curl, J. (2016) A Dictionary of Architecture. (3rd edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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:
Investigate and differentiate between various physical forms and spatial organisations and relationships
Experience the designed environment, and to represent and communicate their observations
Relate designs to individual and social imperatives in order to formulate a design brief
Engage in preliminary spatial design exercises

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Organise time efficiently, productively and meet given deadlines
Work independently
Communicate and comment on an individual design proposition
Criticise work at a fundamental level
Communicate clearly in English on design matters


Students must pass all components of the Foundation Programme with 60% overall and attain an overall mark of 60% for this module to continue onto BA architecture.


  1. Credit level 3. Foundation level module taken in preparation for a 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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