Course Title: Landscape Architecture Design Studio 6

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Design Studio 6

Credit Points: 24.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1355

City Campus

Undergraduate

315H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013

ARCH1355

City Campus

Undergraduate

320H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1355

City Campus

Undergraduate

320H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

UGRDFlex17 (ZZZX)

Course Coordinator: Dr Heike Rahmann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3430

Course Coordinator Email: heike.rahmann@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 100.08.02

Course Coordinator Availability: appointment by email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study: ARCH1353 Landscape Architecture Design Studio 5


Course Description

ARCH1355 Landscape Architecture Design Studio 6 is the last design studio in the Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design and exposes you to a theoretical and practical body of knowledge to foster your understanding of design processes that engage with contemporary design issues.

Design studios are vertically integrated so learning will be with students of varying levels, which encourages learning by example from more advanced students and gaining experience and sophistication as you progress through the program. Each semester you will select from a range of studios, allowing you to curate your design education.

You will explore specific techniques for design generation, modes of drawing and making, and relevant communication techniques to position your work in relation to the studio theme and broader design practice. You will acquire increasing independence in developing, applying and testing your project and design skills within the studio brief.

ARCH1355 is the capstone design course of the Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design and offers an opportunity to demonstrate your achievements of the program learning outcomes. This capstone course prepares you to transition into the accredited Master of Landscape Architecture Program or into workplaces in the design field.

Design Studio based learning and assessment relies upon continuous cycles of reviewing, feedback and reflection between staff, your peers and other students. Your work is presented verbally and critiqued during formal presentations. You will also submit a portfolio of drawings and images. Each semester, work from the design studio is presented as a part of a public exhibition.

Design studios provide strong engagement with industry. Some projects may involve clients or actual projects where you will develop your design proposals within a scenario-based, simulated design practice environment. Professional designers may also form part of your review panel at the end of semester.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge incorporating ecological, cultural, economic and ethical issues of landscape architecture in the medium of design using a range of design methods and practices. 
  • Engage in design practice that is characterised by creative and critical thinking skills, analysis, and synthesis. 
  • Communicate using a range of forms and media to clearly and coherently present ideas that are informed by the underlying principles and concepts of the technical and theoretical frameworks of landscape architecture. 
  • Assume responsibility for own ongoing learning and use initiative and informed judgment to position ideas of practice in landscape architecture and across disciplines.
  • Reference technical and theoretical frameworks of landscape architecture to describe, critique, modify and adapt relevant and innovative forms of design for professional work in the discipline.
  • Appreciate the capacity for design practice to be an agent for problem solving and change; and be able to engage this understanding through design to make decisions with some independence.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Integrate, synthesise and extend your design knowledge and techniques at a sophisticated level to produce ideas and design outcomes in relation to the studio brief.
  • Critically evaluate practical and theoretical design precedents and discuss the relationships between technical, theoretical, cultural, environmental and professional issues and their implication on landscape design.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and reflect on your ideas independently through an iterative and established design process from initial stages through to final design outcome.
  • Articulate and position your design project within the discourse of landscape architectural design through verbal, visual and written media, demonstrating an appropriate technical, theoretical, social, historical or environmental framework.
  • Successfully demonstrate the ability to work independently on design projects from initial stages through to final design outcome.



Overview of Learning Activities

You will be exposed to a wide range of learning experiences. The primary mode of learning in the landscape design studio is through 'practicing and doing'. The employed techniques are framed by the studio project. Design studios are characterised by regularly verbally presenting, discussing, explaining and reviewing your work in a critique process with staff and students, using a range of drawings, models and other modes of representations. This process will be conducted in both formal and informal setting.

In addition learning experiences will typically include some or all of the following:

  • Project visits
  • Lecturers
  • Site visits, including documentation and analysis
  • Peer discussions
  • Group work
  • Workshops


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to utilise library and electronic resources as well as field based enquires to engage with landscape architectural and broader design discourse.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
The University Library has extensive resources for Landscape Architecture students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies http://rmit.libguides.com/landscape-arch

The Library provides guides on academic referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Tristan Badham, tristan.badham@rmit.edu.au
 


Overview of Assessment

Assessment occurs through a holistic evaluation of the completed design project in the form of a final presentation and portfolio. The grade is based on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

A formal presentation of your work in progress will occur mid semester point. A review panel will provide you with verbal feedback and the studio leader will provide written advice on how well you are progressing towards the final assessment.

Assessment Tasks: Final Presentation (50%) and Portfolio (50%)

Your work will be assessed holistically in the form of a final presentation of your design project to a review panel consisting of landscape architecture staff and an external panel member; and an individual portfolio of project with drawings and images assessed by your design studio leader. 

All design studios are moderated at the conclusion of the semester where a panel that includes members external to the program review the work and results.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/policies/assessment-policy