KA4011 - Introduction to Design Project 1.1

What will I learn on this module?

Acquiring the inherent principles, practices and theoretical motivations of the design process forms the core learning journey within this module. You will develop an emerging understanding of contemporary notions of physical context, narrative and spatial awareness though project briefs which explore the diversity and richness of contemporary design ideas. Combining an appreciation and interpretation of these thematic ideas will foster critical learning skills and will help you to develop a reflective attitude towards design. You will learn how to respond effectively, as an individual or as part of a group, to given narrative and design-based scenarios to help you understand design language, within set design briefs to generate small scale spaces. You will learn how to test and evaluation atmosphere, language, space and form whilst being introduced to the appropriate two and three-dimensional representation skills to explore your ideas.

How will I learn on this module?

This design project module will be delivered using a combination of individual and group tutorials, workshops and set project work. Where applicable, projects will include site visit to real site within the local. Presentations will introduce project briefs and associated thematic information, seminars will help you to develop your visual communication skills and studio-based tutorials support you through your learning journey. The participatory weekly design tutorial provides you with a forum to discuss personal or group progress and your associated project work. Tutors will provide you with formative feedback in a variety of forms to support you in your personal reflection and with the progression of your project work. Directed learning will allow you to research any thematic issues raised within your tutorials, independent learning will allow you to investigate your own themes in response and being situated within the design studios will help you to develop peer learning and peer support skills.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through scheduled weekly tutorials as the primary conduit for your design project discussion where you will receive formative feedback from your tutor. In addition, progress reviews at key intervals form collegiate occasions for further guidance and formative assessment of your work. Periods of self-directed and peer learning are essential for personal research, creative explorational and development of project work whilst our open-door policy allows you to seek further support should you need it.
Direct participation in design tutorials, group discussion and associated taught content is essential to your development. The formative feedback you receive each week can be in a variety of forms; verbal, written and drawn, and is provided throughout the duration of the module. Written feedback will be provided at summative assessment points to help you reflect, develop and learn. In addition, project briefs, presentations, relevant associated module information and reading lists will be uploaded to the eLearning Portal (Blackboard), so that you can access module content when you need to. The university library offers support through its extensive physical and on-line resources, through e-reading lists, guidance on developing academic study skills and with IT support, as provided by the Ask4Help facility.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
KU 1. Apply knowledge of and insight into the process of design within interpretive solutions to design problems.

KU 2. Assemble, analyse and integrate information systematically to develop design solutions.

KU3. Understand and apply the conventions of architectural representation using appropriate manual visual communication methods and media to convey and evaluate design ideas and proposals.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
IPSA 1. Communicate effectively through an appropriate use of oral, written, graphic and modelling skills.

IPSA 2. Recognise design constraints to generate, test and develop ideas into appropriate design solutions.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
PVA 1. Demonstrate personal development in terms of self-motivation, management, confidence and imagination, allowing you to develop an enquiring, disciplined and open mind.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place within regular tutorials and at interim reviews to provide ongoing developmental guidance and reflection within each of the projects, towards all module learning outcomes.

Summative assessment is of the single submitted design project covering all MLO’s:

1.Design Project 1.1

Feedback will be offered in verbal, written and drawn forms, which will provide advice for further development and a critical appraisal of work and performance. Moderation of summative assessment will take place in project reviews at the end of each project assignment and at the end of the module.





Module abstract

This project-based module introduces you to the holistic design skills and creative processes that underpin your design investigations and the visual communication methods used to illustrate your ideas. Content will explore the associated contexts and disciplines from which contemporary design awareness and though emerge, alongside the fundamentals of 2D and 3D design communication and physical making processes. Through small scale design-based investigations you will develop your creative critical thinking, experimentation and independent judgement. Such propositions will explore associated influences from the wider arts whilst developing emergent attitudes to the way design explores notions of narrative, spatial and material condition, environmental awareness, precedent analysis and physical context.

Course info

UCAS Code W251

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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