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ARCH10-123: Design Thinking Through Drawing


This subject aims to translate critical observations of the world into visual and spatial language through engagement of your eyes, your hands and your mind. Focus will be on drawing as a tool for creative action, an aid to unlock your creative potential and make impact with fundamental design and creative strategies. Fundamental design strategies and drawing skills will be developed through a series of technical drawing exercises and assignments. Using drawing as a tool for communication, students will be exposed to a range of methods of graphic presentation, through diagrams, storyboards, vignettes, tone and shadow, orthographic conventions, life drawing and iterative sketching. Students will also practice the broader communication skills involved in organising and making presentations-graphic presentation in the form of a portfolio and verbal presentation in the form of in-class exercises. In addition, students will also be introduced to the relationship between the architect/designer and the ubiquitous sketchbook.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $2,170
  • Commencing in 2021: $1,945

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to think creatively, conceptualise and abstract ideas, and to graphically represent them using hand drawing.
2. Develop an appreciation of the power of simultaneous drawing/thinking as an effective language of design and communication.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of basic perspective theory and the ability to represent three dimensional space in two dimensions.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start18/01/2021
Cancellation 1?01/02/2021
Cancellation 2?08/02/2021
Last enrolment31/01/2021
Withdraw – Financial?13/02/2021
Withdraw – Academic?06/03/2021
Teaching census?12/02/2021