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Module Code: ARC411
Module Title: Practice Based Enquiry and Architectural Representation
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Architecture and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
The module introduces advanced practice-based methodologies in critical creative problem solving and communication. Students are encouraged to explore Western and Eastern art practices. They will learn to engage with them, and to understand this engagement as a form of critical enquiry into dominant architectural practices of presentation and representation.

Through re-presentation of architectural projects and through shifting between different media – such as drawings, models, video, sculpture, interactive digital media, installation art – the students learn new ways to identify questions, to address them, and to communicate to audiences that are not necessarily trained in reading architectural plans and models – with differing understandings of what architecture is or could be.
Learning outcomes 
A. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the creative application of the fine arts and their relevance and impact on architecture.

B. Critically evaluate prevalent methods, techniques and positions in architectural and artistic production.

C. Evaluate and apply a comprehensive range of visual, oral and written media to test, analyse, critically appraise and explain works of art and design.

D. Formulate an aesthetic inquiry with methods of artistic production.

Method of teaching and learning 
Individual and group tutorials, seminars, in-class presentations, reviews.
The Practice Based Enquiry and Architectural Representation module focuses on identifying architectural principles, their potential borders to the arts, and their effective communication. Typically, key issues of presence, effect, performance, and function in architecture and the arts – both in Western as well as in Eastern contexts – are analyzed, demonstrated, and discussed on the basis of relevant projects. Questions of translation and representation are addressed. In a project based studio setting, students will develop works that focus on the re-presentation of key architectural principles, and exhibit – or stage – their works at the end of the module. Students are expected to expand their various techniques in handling efficiently different types of media and materials. Project tutorials and critiques are supported by in-class presentations in a seminar type setting on Western and Eastern aesthetic thought, analysis, translation and representation in architecture and the arts, as well as on handling various materials and media. Detailed approaches will depend on the specific module briefs developed by teaching staff and presented at the start of the semester.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester   26  26      98  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Project Presentation 100.00

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