Module Details for the Academic Year 2018/2019

ARCT40040 Architectural Design VII

As part of the first year of the two year MArch programme, this module is structured to encourage and facilitate independent thinking, autonomous learning and the further development of critical skills in architecture, including research by and through design.

Students will be required to work individually and/or in small groups and/or across modules, and/or with students from other modules for a period of up to 10 weeks. During these 10 weeks students will be involved in research and design projects in a studio setting. These 10 weeks will conclude with a final review. For the remaining 2 weeks of the semester students will work to reflect, collate, edit and present their design work in a small exhibition / presentation.

Teaching staff will set a framework and structure to direct the thinking of the studio, responding to relevant and critical themes in architecture and society. The studio will consist of structured individual and group tutorials, lectures and seminars and student led discussions. This module must be passed in order to progress to Year 5 / March II.

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Each student is required to submit an individual, collated and organised physical and digital portfolio of work to represent work for the first 10 week and a small exhibition/publication to represent work for the final two weeks. These will be marked separately. The portfolio must include all drawings, models and sketches that must demonstrate the following:

• Critical thinking;
• Research analysis and critical evaluation;
• The use of design as a means of investigation and research; and,
• Evidence of the ability to pursue an architectural problem from strategy to a good level of detailed resolution. A detailed clarification of these headings pertaining to the specific module will be issued at the start of the semester.
Item Workload
Small Group




Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Description % of Final Grade Timing
Portfolio: A portfolio, containing the full range of work; from rough work to final completed drawings and digital and physical models undertaken by the student individually or in a group is submitted at the end


Coursework (End of Trimester)


This module is not passable by compensation

Resit Opportunities

In-semester assessment


Resit will be offered. Details of resit will be discussed with you at the beginning of the next semester or other appropriate time

Module Requisites and Incompatibles

Equivalent Modules

Prior Learning

B. Sc. Architecture or equivalent
Curricular information is subject to change