DSGN06151 2019 Design Fundamentals: Representation Skills

General Details

Full Title
Design Fundamentals: Representation Skills
Transcript Title
Design Fundamentals: Represent
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, Rowan Watson
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

This module will introduce skills and processes used to represent design, including freehand drawing, perspective sketching, model making, materials presentation, orthographic projection (such as plans and sectional elevations), verbal design presentation and basic manipulation of digital images. Students will utilise of a range of media and methods such as pencils, watercolours, collage and photography and model making materials. The skills introduced in this module will be applied to the students design projects.

Learning Outcomes

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


Deliver visual, verbal and written presentations utilising appropriate language, terminology and representational graphics.


Utilise orthographic and paraline architectural drawing conventions at a basic level.


Construct and utilise scale models, using appropriate materials, as a design development tool from concept to presentation stage.


Use modelmaking techniques, equipment and materials safely.


Use a range of freehand techniques such as sketching, collage and painting to illustrate design ideas.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module is delivered using a combination of lectures, group tutorials and individual tutorials.  An experiential and student centred approach promotes personal, reflective and active engagement with learning, fostering confidence and competence in the communication of ideas.  Clearly defined learning outcomes are constructively aligned with assessment criteria.

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative and summative continuous assessment modes using a range of techniques which includes group and/or individual work mainly: drawings, projects, presentations.

Repeat Assessments

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

Indicative Syllabus

This module introduces students to a range of analogue representational techniques used in the interior and architectural professions:

  • Introduction to use of architectural drawing equipment;
  • Two‑dimensional orthographic drawing and related conventions;
  • Freehand and perspective sketching;
  • Verbal and graphic presentation techniques;
  • Architectural photography;
  • Model making techniques, safety and equipment;
  • Conceptual models and scaled models;
  • Collage and composition for materials boards and mood boards; 
  • Story boarding.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Design sketchbook Continuous Assessment Assignment 25 % OnGoing 1,5
2 Model making safety practical Practical Practical Evaluation 10 % Week 3 4
3 Drawing presentation Continuous Assessment Assignment 65 % End of Semester 1,2,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Architectural Studio Theoretical input 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical Architectural Studio Practical, tutorial and workshop 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Architectural Studio Independent learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2012-02-20 Interior Design Illustrated John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118090718 ISBN-13 1118090713

Offers a concise and accessible presentation of important concepts for beginning designers, and experienced practitioners will appreciate its insightful and practical coverage of the relationship between building structures and interior spaces. A broad range of rich illustrations communicates visual information and ploughs fertile ground for creative ideas and inspiration.

Required Reading
2014 Drawing for Interior Design Laurence King
ISBN 1780671776 ISBN-13 9781780671772

"This book covers all stages of visual presentation as part of the interior design process, from the most basic initial sketches to fully developed computer-generated visualizations. Following a brief introduction four chapters take the reader through the design process, from the basics to conception, presentation and production. This second edition includes more practical advice on techniques, more case studies, step-by-step sequences and updated examples. With a varied and comprehensive range of images, this book is an invaluable, inspirational and practical resource for interior design students."--

Required Reading
2013-10-31 Photoshop® for Interior Designers A&C Black
ISBN 9781609015442 ISBN-13 1609015444

Provides step-by-step demonstrations that integrate Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, Google Sketchup, freehand drawings and Adobe InDesign to create visual presentations.

Required Reading
2014-01-28 SketchUp for Interior Design John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 1118627695 ISBN-13 9781118627693

A practical guide to SketchUp addressing the specific needs of interior designers Already a common and popular tool for architects and landscape architects, SketchUp is increasingly finding a place in the professional workflow of interior designers. SketchUp for Interior Design is a practical introduction for interior designers and students who want to learn to use the software for their unique needs. The book covers the basics of creating 3D models before showing how to create space plans, model furniture, cabinetry, and accessories, experiment with colors and materials, incorporate manufacturers' models into project plans, and create final presentations and animated walk-throughs for clients. Each chapter includes clear explanations and helpful illustrations to make this an ideal introduction to the topic. Includes downloadable sample models and 39 tutorial videos Features sample questions and activities for instructors and additional online resources for students and self-learners Provides instruction on using SketchUp in both PC and Mac formats

Required Reading
2012-02-14 Interior Design Visual Presentation John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9780470619025 ISBN-13 0470619023

This updated revision of the best-selling resource for interior designers offers comprehensive coverage of all of the visual design and presentation skills that interior designers need to know, from initial sketches and drawings to final rendering and presentation models. It devotes discrete chapters to the topics of manual, freehand, and digital drawing and features updated content throughout, including the latest information on digital presentation software like Photoshop, SketchUp, Revit, and AutoCAD. High-quality, color images throughout offer additional guidance, helping to make this book a perfect comprehensive learning tool for students.

Required Reading
2008 Interior Design Visual Presentation John Wiley & Sons Incorporated
ISBN 0471741566 ISBN-13 9780471741565

"Whether you need a quick sketch or a fully rendered model, the ability to create a visual representation of your designs is a critical skill for every designer. Interior Design Visual Presentation offers thorough coverage of interior design communication used throughout the design process, complete with a broad range of real-world examples." -back cover.

Required Reading
2017 The Architectural Drawing Course
ISBN 0500293457 ISBN-13 9780500293454

All students with a budding interest in architectural design will value this book for its solid foundational orientation and instruction. Mo Zell introduces readers to architecture's visual language, showing them how to think spatially and getting them started in architectural drawing with a series of instructional tutorials. Using three-dimensional design problems, she coaches students through the fundamentals of proportion and scale, space and volume, path and place and materials and textures. A series of study units cover virtually every aspect of architectural drawing. This book concludes with practical advice for anyone considering a career in architectural design, offering ideas on building a portfolio, getting advanced training and continuing on a path to a professional career.

Required Reading
2019-01-16 How Drawings Work
ISBN 1138692972 ISBN-13 9781138692978

How Drawings Work cheekily explains that what architects make is information that enables other people to make buildings. That information comes in a variety of forms: drawings by hand and computer, models both physical and virtual, and words as needed. The book reflects in witty prose on the nature of architectural drawings as tools of communication, pulling from a diverse and eclectic landscape of theories from grammar, functional linguistics, philosophy, art criticism, science fiction, popular culture, and, of course, architecture, to propose a new way to think about architectural communication. More than 50 color images.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

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

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

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

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

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

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  

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

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