Specialised Communication 

Second Year
ARCH 1434

Production stills from 'Felix in Exile' by William Kentridge

Production stills from 'Felix in Exile' by William Kentridge


Tutor: Bernadette Trench-Thiedeman
Schedule: Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 100.04.005


In FastForward/Rewind students will develop their skills in animation, hand drawing, storyboarding,  photography and editing through a series of workshops, each focussing on a range of animation techniques. One technique we will focus on is cel-erasure, an expressive technique employed by South African artist and animator William Kentridge.

Students will explore animation as a method to engage with different spatial qualities – light, atmosphere, inhabitation, layering over time, and narratives of the past and future. Through the workshops students will learn how to utilise animation as a tool to assist them in developing and communicating their design concepts.

Our work will begin at a physical site in the city, we will explore how different usages of a site, both past and present, can be conveyed through animation and story.

'Pure Potential No. 1-4' by Louise Despont 

'Pure Potential No. 1-4' by Louise Despont 


Tutor: Ying-Lan Dann
Schedule: Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 100.04.04


Form a line offers students an opportunity to develop hand drawing and CAD communication techniques, through a time-based and expanded interiors approach. The course is designed to lend your design projects a high degree of conceptual and representational fluency and accuracy and will be structured around three key techniques 1; Hand drawing, 2; CAD Drawing, 3; Walking-documenting and five spatial principles A; Narrative, B; Dispersion, C; Tonality, D; Field, E; Relationality.


'Intranquility' by Tatiana Trove

'Intranquility' by Tatiana Trove


Tutor: Hannah Moriarty
Schedule: Friday 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: 100.04.003




1. (Art Terms) a sculptor's small preliminary model or sketch

Throughout this course, you will be introduced to a series of research and presentation techniques including casting, object-making, sculpture, photography, orthographic drawing, curation, exhibition design and graphic design.

You will create a schematic collection made up of a combination of two and three dimensional objects, and readymade architectural materials melded with crafted sculptural artworks. There will be experimentation into orthographic drawing, collage and sculpture.

This body of works will explore notions of the interpretive space between object and viewer, theatrically situated in a gallery context and beyond. The curation of your collection and research will generate of new concepts and ideas to inform your own final exhibition.


Arc Nova: Arata Isozaki, Anish Kapoor


Tutor: Madeleine Griffith
Schedule: Friday 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: 100.01.006 Workshop


This workshop based Communications course will introduce students to the history and theory of Scenography, Set and Scenic Design. With a focus on practical skills and material exploration, students will be encourage to use the workshop to develop their design making practice.

Through process-based projects, students will:

Extend their historical and theoretical understanding of Scenography.
Develop a robust visual language and new modes of communication.
Experience professional set design in context.
Develop their practical skills and confidence to safely use the tools and techniques of the Workshop.
Extend their abilities through creative exploration and expression.
Develop their individual set designs according to a brief.

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

This course will explore:

Set Design.
Model making techniques.
Miniature construction.
Design development through Dioramas, Maquettes, and Sketch models.
Film theory.
Theatre Design.

Bianca Scuito, 2015 Cast vessles made from resin & pigment

Bianca Scuito, 2015 Cast vessles made from resin & pigment


Tutor: Georgie Brooks
Schedule: Fridays 9:30am - 12:00pm
Location: 100.01.006 Workshop


The Makers is a hands-on subject that explores communication in design through making and site analysis. Through exploring site-specific discarded traces of activity either human or environmental and mapping a specific site, a story will begin to unravel. Familiar forms become unfamiliar or have a new function, the old and discarded becomes shiny and new, there is a celebration in making and re-contextualisation.

The subject introduces Pinkysil molding and basic mold making alongside lost wax casting, basic hand jewellery skills and object making to create wearable objects and models of different scales. Students will also be encouraged to develop their graphic sensibility and understanding of layouts in print.