Course Title: Landscape Architecture Design Studio 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Design Studio 2

Credit Points: 24.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.  

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption.  

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Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: https://www.rmit.edu.au/covid/coming-to-campus  

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.  


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1345

City Campus

Undergraduate

315H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2010,
Summer2011,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013

ARCH1345

City Campus

Undergraduate

320H Architecture & Urban Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Summer2016,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1345

City Campus

Undergraduate

320H Architecture & Urban Design

Face-to-Face

UGRDFlex17 (ZZZY)

Course Coordinator: Brent Greene

Course Coordinator Phone: contact via email

Course Coordinator Email: Brent.greene@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

You should have satisfactorily completed ARCH1342 Landscape Architecture Design Studio 1 before you commence this course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. 

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.  


Course Description

ARCH 1345 Landscape Architecture Design Studio 2 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.

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.
  • Demonstrate 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:

  1. Identify and describe landscape as a dynamic and constructed space, in relation to location, program, form and representation.
  2. Describe relevant practical and theoretical design precedents and interpret relationships between technical, theoretical, cultural, environmental and professional issues and their implication on landscape design.
  3. Apply design knowledge and techniques at a basic level to develop ideas and outcomes in relation to the brief.
  4. Develop your design ideas from concept formation to design development at a basic level through an iterative and illustrated design process within the context of the studio.
  5. Articulate your design ideas at a basic level through verbal, visual and written media, demonstrating the aims and claims that are made for the design project.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be exposed to a wide range of learning experiences. The primary mode of learning in the landscape design studios 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 project work in a critique process with staff and students. 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
  • Lectures
  • Site visits, including documentation and analysis
  • Peer discussions
  • Group work
  • Workshops


Overview of Learning Resources

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 

There are services and resources available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the RMIT student website.


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.

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Final Presentation, 50%, CLOs 1, 3 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Portfolio, 50%, CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.