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Master Course Syllabus · Visual and Performing Arts · Architecture - ARCH

Architectural Design

  • Master Course Syllabus
  • Section ALL
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/01/2017 to 08/01/2018
  • Modified 01/09/2019

Meeting Times

Contact Information


An introductory studio providing foundation in the conceptual, perceptual, and manual skills necessary for two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. Course is intended to fulfill all or part of the following National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Student Performance.


2 lecture and 3 laboratory hours per week; 96 total contact hours. Credit: 3 semester hours.

Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.


1. Use abstract concepts and ideas in design projects.

2. Use two-dimensional and three-dimensional media effectively.

3. Employ sensitivity to the “craft” of making.

4. Use critical and iterative design processes.

5. Participate and share ideas in a common dialogue.

6. Apply organizational skills and time management.

7. Develop cognitive strategies for analysis and implementation of design ideas.



Materials:  X-Acto knife, extra #11 blades, cutting mat


Suggested: Large roll tracing paper, Design Journal/sketchbook (8 ½ x 11 ) or larger, presentation materials (as needed), model building supplies (TBD).



Architecture: Form, Space, and Order (suggested)

  • Author: Francis Ching
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007
  • Edition: 4th
  • ISBN: 978-1-118-74508-3
  • Optional

Course Requirements

Students must complete projects, portfolios, participate in formal and group critique applying the principles and elements of architectural design, participate in open labs activities, exercises, assignments, as well as keep a visual journal.




Exams 30%

Class Participation 10%

Projects 60%

TOTAL 100%




A (100 - 90%)

B ( 89 - 80%)

C ( 79 - 70%)

D ( 69 - 60%)

F ( < 60%)


Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s Blinn Buc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies

Student Work

Student work not picked up by the last day of finals will be property of Blinn.

All students must complete the Blinn College art release form which will be provided by the instructor.




Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Week 1 - 16
F 229



Contact Hours:6 hours per week


TOTAL: 96 Contact Hours