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AWSS1001: Architectural Sketching and Drawing

This unit provides students with the experience required to use a range of fundamental architectural drawing skills based on observation of the built environment. The workshop places an emphasis on keen observation, experimental use of materials and an engagement with historical frameworks used in design practice. Perspective sketching, section and paraline systems are introduced with a focus on drawing as a communication device. Both in the studio and outside, drawing is used to document the visible world and define structure and detail. On successful completion of this unit of study, students will have demonstrated a familiarity with a range of drawing media and techniques including an introduction to composition and colour. Students also gain an understanding of the essential use of a sketchbook to record visual research and develop design thinking.

Code AWSS1001
Academic unit Architecture
Credit points 6
DESA1601 or DESA1602

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the fundamental role of freehand drawing skills in architectural design work
  • LO2. demonstrate increased spatial awareness and visual intelligence
  • LO3. communicate through drawing
  • LO4. demonstrate an understanding of perspective and section drawing, proportion and composition
  • LO5. demonstrate familiarity with a range of drawing media including graphite, pen, charcoal, ink with nib and brush, colour and collage
  • LO6. commit to maintain a journal in which to draw on a daily basis.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.