DSGN06121 2019 Design Fundamentals: from Concept to Development

General Details

Full Title
Design Fundamentals: from Concept to Development
Transcript Title
Design Fundamentals: from Conc
80 %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maeliosa O'Brien, Peter Scanlon, Claire Lorusso, Elaine Regan
Programme Membership
SG_DINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINAD_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design SG_D3INT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 3Interior Architecture and Design

This module will consolidate the fundamental skills used during the design of the Interior Environment. The module focuses on the processes that designers use to design and communicate their designs. Students will develop an understanding of a range of design communication and representation skills using appropriate media including sketching, orthographic design drawings, model making, design diagramming, mood boards etc.  The module includes an overview of design thinking and methodology, including creative and critical thinking, the ways that analysis, research, user needs and context inform design proposals; and the mechanics of design (the design process in practice).

The module aims to:

  • Provide an overview of architectural drawing typologies;
  • Provide an overview of design thinking, methods, procedures and processes ‑ the design process in practice;
  • Develop student’s ability to consider, select and apply appropriate communication and representational methods in design contexts.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Produce orthographic and paraline architectural drawings aligned with studio design projects that demonstrate knowledge and understanding of drafting and visualization techniques and conventions, suitable for an Interior design project.


Integrate the context, use and cross‑referencing of design information in a set of drawings.


Make models at a range of scales using appropriate materials to analyse, visualize and develop design ideas.


Construct and utilise precedent boards, mood boards, and materials boards, using appropriate materials, as design development tools from concept to design development and presentation stage.


Analyse and elucidate design, procedures and processes through a design journal.


Compile and deliver a design presentation to a peer group and listen and critically respond to the views of others.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Design Fundamentals is taught using a combination of lectures, presentations, theoretical discussion and practical based tutorials linked to Design Studio. Both individual and group work modes are utilised throughout.

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative assessment deliverables address the module learning outcomes. The assessment strategy focuses on the student's development in the subject Design Fundamentals through:

  • Research and visual methodologies;
  • Information literacy skills;
  • Written composition;
  • Oral presentation.



Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components. This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.

Indicative Syllabus

The module key themes:

Survey of Design Methodology:

Design thinking and communication, the Mechanics of design (The design process);

Introduction to -Architecture of space, structure and enclosure including:form and space, light and colour, circulation, (and scale and hierarchy). Lectures and discussion on these topics are developed further in Interior Architecture Studio I & II.

Communication skills:

  • Research and analytical techniques: Client, Precedent and Site Analysis;
  • Concept and Design diagramming, annotation techniques;
  • Freehand drawing, sketch perspectives;
  • Model Making: types and techniques; model‑making safety procedures;
  • Architectural drawing conventions;
  • Two‑dimensional orthographic drawing (plans, elevations, sections);
  • Collage and photo‑montage;
  • Develop ability to use interior architectural drawing equipment;
  • Interior & architectural photography;
  • Rendering techniques and presentation skills;
  • Verbal and graphic presentation techniques.

The outputs of the above are the following:

  • Precedent Board;
  • Client Story Board;
  • Site Map, Sun path, Wind rose, etc.;
  • Mood board & Materials board;
  • Concept Board and Model;
  • Design diagramming (bubble, relationship diagrams, scaled diagrams, etc…);
  • Sketch Design Drawings;
  • Working and presentation models;
  • Detail Design Drawings;
  • Reflective journal / design diary.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Design Presentation Drawing Set Continuous Assessment Individual Project 40 % OnGoing 1,2,6
2 Individual Project Model & Design Boards Project Individual Project 40 % OnGoing 3,4
3 Reflective Journal Continuous Assessment Project 20 % OnGoing 5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Architectural Studio Practical, tutorial and workshop 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Architectural Studio independent learning 7 Weekly 7.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Ching, Francis, D. K, (2002) Architectural Graphics, Van Nostrand Reinhold.

Ching, Francis, D. K, (1998) Design Drawing, Wiley.

Cooper, C, (2007) Drawing & Perceiving ,New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Cragoe, C. D. (2008). How to read buildings: a crash course in architectural styles . Rizzoli.

Doyle, M. (1999). Color Drawing , New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Farrelly, L. (2007) Representational Techniques, London:Ava.

Keogh, P. (2012). Shaping the future: case studies in adaptation and reuse in historic urban environments. Ireland: Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gealtacht.

Littlefield, D. (2012) Metric Handbook - Planning and Design Data, Routledge.

Plunkett, D. (2009) Drawing For Interior Design, Laurence King.

Simpson, I, (2006) Drawing, Seeing and Observation ,London: A & C Black.

Yee, Rendow, (1997), Architectural Drawing: A Visual Compendium of Types and Methods, John Wiley & Sons.  

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