Architecture Design Studio: Sparks

Subject ABPL30058 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Lecture: 6 x 2 hour (12 hours total) lectures for weeks 1 - 6. Studio: 1 x 3 hour studio per week.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Gregory Missingham


Greg Missingham


Subject Overview:

This subject is the 12.5 point capstone subject for the Architecture major students who commenced the Bachelor of Environments program prior to 2013. It is intended that the subject will integrate previous coursework in the major. The core of the undergraduate design sequence is the development of both design thinking and dexterity with tools. Linking the investigations of this subject will be the theme of fire, which may be explored conceptually, metaphorically, structurally, or technologically – e.g. inspiration and ideas, the conceptual and poetic, ceramics, sun control, light, energy, high rises, heating, colour, the spiritual.

Learning Outcomes:

Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to develop a brief in response to a studio theme;
  • Demonstrate an ability to generate, explore and critically evaluate a variety of design possibilities for a given situation;
  • Demonstrate skills in the appropriate use of representational media;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of relationships between architectural proposals and studio themes through the application of the three points above;
  • Demonstrate the ability to make a case for proposals;
  • Demonstrate an ability to integrate studies from the three streams of subjects from the Architecture Major in design proposal(s).

First project assessment due end of week 4 (15%)

Second project assessment due week 12 (50%)

Reflective journal due week 13 (25%)

Participation (10%)

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • A capacity for: verbal and two- and three-dimensional communication skills
  • Critical evaluation of design ideas and decision making in their regard
  • Appropriate use of design terminology
  • Time management and meeting deadlines
  • Succinct presentation skills entailing the appropriate use of media, format and abstraction.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Environments Discipline subjects

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