Communication Systems

Second Year
ARCH 1433

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Image by Dan Ohlmann

MAXIMISING: THE MINIATURE

Tutor: Madeleine Griffith
Schedule: Fridays 9:00-12:00
Location: 100.01.004

SUMMARY

Looking at miniatures, model making set design and casting, Maximising the Miniature will teach students practical skills to enhance their design process and visual vocabulary through hand built model making and casting processes. Students will learn about contemporary set design and film history while learning how to use miniatures for maximum effect.

Through process-based projects, students will:

Develop their practical skills and confidence with the tools and techniques of the Workshop.
Learn a robust visual language and new modes of communication.
Extend their abilities through creative exploration and expression.

There will be a strong focus on practical technique, context and theory for the first half of the course. Students will have an opportunity to develop their model making practice beyond architectural representation and build on their existing model making knowledge.

This course will explore: 

Model making techniques.
Miniature construction.
Casting techniques.
Set design.
Film theory.
Basic Video Production.

 
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Image by Simon Finn

TANGIBLE

Tutor: Simon Finn
Schedule: Fridays 13:30-16:30
Location: 100.04.006

SUMMARY

In this course we will be exploring the relationship between hand drawing and computer modelling. You will begin by drawing in-situ, then taking this information into the digital realm in combination with modelling your chosen environment in Autodesk Maya. This site will work as a platform for developing a design intervention, which will incorporate motion graphics.

The computer-generated environment will enable you to develop valuable modelling skills including unwrapping, texturing, lighting and rendering. You will then compose animated environmental transitions and fuse these with your hand drawings to create evocative multi-layered design drawings.

The techniques offered in this course will challenge you both technically and conceptually to develop an innovative practice that traverses the traditional and technological.


 

 
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Image by Ronyx

REPLICATE

Tutor: Dustin Bailey
Schedule: Fridays 13:30-16:30
Location: 100.01.004

SUMMARY

In this workshop-based course, students will explore the process of creating two part moulds as a way of replicating form through casting. The course asks students to think of structures as systems - how can a small singular form be designed to allow assembly of its replicated self into a structure? What methods of connection, pairing and assembly can be used to create a interior space from just one repeated set of geometry?

Replicate is designed to be practical, hands on and workshop oriented. Students will develop skills in building silicone moulds with an emphasis on designing appropriately for the process.

The course will begin with a series of experiments in the basic principals of casting. Students will then design and replicate castings as low volume production runs which will be assembled into structural systems. This will challenge both the process of design and production, with an end goal of creating a distinct environment which considers the relationship between materiality, light and space.

 

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DRAW TO TALK

Tutor: Tahlia Landrigan
Schedule: Friday 13:30 - 16:30
Location: 100.04.007

SUMMARY

During this course students will undertake and expand upon their skills in hand drawing and rendering. Learning how to strengthen these skills with the inclusion of mixed media and different programs to develop rich and evocative imagery.

Students will progress through a range of drawing techniques over the semester which will support their own design practice, such as architectural hand drawing and rendering in mediums such as charcoal, lead, watercolour and more. Students will use these techniques and respond to a specific site to help them develop sensitivity to interior qualities such as light, colour, texture, materiality and scale.

Emphasis will be on the section and perspectival view as these become vital drawings to communicate intricacies of space, both technical and experiential.

 
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Image by Pandarosa

NARRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS

Tutor: Ariel Aguilera
Schedule: Friday 9:30 - 12:30
Location: 100.06.003

SUMMARY

In this unit participants will explore various image making techniques in relation to collage. Some of these will include photography, drawing & photocopying.

There will be a strong focus on one's own image making capabilities through a variety of media, observation in order to create narrative, and the analysis of design elements such as line, form, shape, colour, texture & materiality.
 
As the unit progresses participants will be asked to expand their application of the technique from a plane dimensional field into a spatial one through the engagement of place, ultimately concluding in the incorporation of collage into site.