AA Visiting School Graduate

Subject ABPL90386 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 01-Feb-2016 to 13-Feb-2016
Assessment Period End 26-Feb-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 22-Jan-2016
Census Date 12-Feb-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 19-Feb-2016

Quota 20

This subject is a quota subject and places are limited. Students may provisionally enrol via the Student Portal, but places are not guaranteed until selection is completed. You will be notified in writing by the Student Centre if you are selected.

Selection criteria: This subject requires submission of 5 pages (A3) pdf digital portfolio of previous studio work. Submission is to be emailed directly to subject coordinator by Friday Jan 22 2016.

For detailed information on the quota subject application process and due dates, refer to the EDSC Quota Subjects webpage: http://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/quota-subjects

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours over two weeks
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Mr Paul Loh


Paul Loh paul.loh@unimelb.edu.au

The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)

Current Student: http://ask.unimelb.edu.au/
Web: http://msd.unimelb.edu.au/

Subject Overview:

Quota 20

This subject is a two week intensive design studio held typically on the first two weeks of February. The workshop will be run by visiting staff from the Architectural Association, School of Architecture, UK as well as teaching staff from MSD. The subject introduces students to contemporary digital design techniques, toolset and workflow, striving for innovation in design resolution. Design briefs are wide ranging from urbanism intervention to 1:1 material systems. The studio runs a unique vertical system where students develop project with their peers and is supported by a public programme of seminars, lectures, design reviews and exhibition of outcome. All projects are conducted in group work. This subject is run concurrently with AA Visiting School (Undergraduate) subject.
Subject has a quota of 20. This subject requires submission of 5 pages (A3) pdf digital portfolio of previous studio work. Submission is to be emailed directly to subject coordinator by Friday Jan 22 2016.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject students should have developed:

  • An ability to work cooperatively and professionally as part of a small team to deliver a design project;
  • Evidence of critical reflection and analysis and self-critique in the development of architectural concepts and its resolution;
  • Creative use of representational techniques, drawing systems and graphical methods in the production of compelling architectural presentation drawings;
  • Innovative use of materials, representational techniques, fabrication techniques and technologies in the construction of compelling physical models.
  • Class participation, exhibition and engagement in group work, throughout subject 10%;
  • Group presentation; including physical models, digital presentation and A1 panel equivalent to 3000 words per student, due end of 2nd week of teaching 65%;
  • Individual journal documenting learning outcome; containing reflective essay of 1500 words, due end of assessment period, last week of February 25%.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • On completion of the subject, students would have developed the following skills:
  • Critical design thinking and analysis;
  • Introduction and advanced use of digital fabrication tools;
  • Analogue modelling methodologies and production;
  • Use of Rhino 3D along with other relevant digital modelling software;
  • Ability to integrated digital tools in design process;
  • Communication and curation of exhibition and presentation through digital medium.


Software required: Rhinoceros V5 (Apple-Mac user will require Window Operating System) & modelling material as advice during subject.

Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 point Master of Architecture
300 point Master of Architecture
Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects

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