University of Technology Sydney

88016 Global Studio B

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

The global studio program provides intensive studio learning through cross-cultural education. The program encourages interdisciplinary learning and offers an expanded studio environment in which students discover and synthesise new technical and conceptual skills from multiple disciplines within the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

In this subject, students are required to spend a number of weeks in a predefined international environment where they undertake a project in an academic or cultural setting (including NGOs, institutes, festivals, biennales, museums, etc.). The subject aims to initiate a recalibration of students' prior learning and familiar design techniques by applying design processes in foreign terrain.

Students are required to globalise their design approach and vocabulary working within a cross-cultural studio environment; synthesise key design ideas working within an interdisciplinary design team; and realise a well-executed studio outcome reflective of both the design brief and the foreign academic and/or cultural studio setting.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Understand the nature and demands of live design briefs
2. Develop a practical understanding of interdisciplinary collaboration in design
3. Utilise the potential of design to effect change in complex situations
4. Plan and execute research in a professional manner
5. Improved group work skills and appreciation of team rolls
6. Undertake advanced reflective practice

Teaching and learning strategies

Teaching and learning activities occur in block-mode intensives for all Global Studio subjects. Global Studios employ design-based learning methods, research through design and introduce students to elements of fieldwork, supported by essential and recommended readings. These are detailed in the studio specific learning guide in order to introduce students to the studio content, and will be used to highlight important concepts and ideas.

The curriculum uses project-based group learning activities to provoke participatory discussions and encourage multidisciplinary teamwork. For this reason the subject use a progressive, sequential project-based approach to design. All students are expected to follow suggested learning patterns and activities detailed in the studio specific learning guide, and are also encouraged to participate actively in the group discussions that occur during the studio sessions.

Students gain weekly verbal feedback which they then use to update their work progressively throughout the studio. It is therefore vital for students to complete the work outlined in the studio specific learning guide to receive useful formative feedback from peers, tutors and industry professionals. All assessments will be graded in ReView. ReView will be used as a formative feedback mechanism.

Content (topics)

This subject responds to the requirements of live briefs augmented through specialised readings and real-world research. This is underpinned by fieldwork and exercises that build an understanding of the process of professional design, including stages of: investigation; initiation; problem framing; breifing; deisgn exploration; proposal development; handover and evaluation.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Research Portfolio

Intent:

Develop and present a research portolio. Please see studio specific learning guide.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 3 and 4

Type: Portfolio
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Depth of Engagement with research topic 30 1
Quality of Presentation of Content: Quality in written expression, correct grammar, spelling and referencing. 40 4
Quality of Analysis 30 3
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Design Project

Intent:

Research, develop and present a comprehensive design project. Please see studio specific learning guide.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2, 3 and 5

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Planning and management of group process 20 5
Quality and creativity of design ideas 40 3
Quality of production and presentation 40 2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Reflection

Intent:

Undertake a written reflective analysis of your studio project. Please see studio specific learning guide.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2 and 6

Type: Reflection
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 10%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Insightfulness of reflections 50 6
Clarity and professionalism of writing 50 2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

Students must submit all three assessments to pass the subject.

Students are advised that this subject invovles a significant reading and writing component. If students are concerned about their literacy skills they are encouraged to contact UTS Higher Education Language and Presentation Support (UTS HELPS) service as early as possible.