module specification

AR6021 - Design Level 4 Process and Proposal (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
Module title Design Level 4 Process and Proposal
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 20
School The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass)
Total study hours 200
164 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Final design portfolio review (Local Submission) *FC*
Running in 2019/20 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module develops a student's ability to effectively realise a design proposition.

Corequisite: AR6030 Design Level 4: Subject and Context

Prior learning requirements

Corequisite: AR7030 Design Level 4: Subject and Context

Module aims

This single module represents the second design module at level 4. It runs in parallel with Design level 4: Subject + Context throughout the year across both Semester A + B.

In this module the student will engage with the means by which a designed proposition can be realised effectively. Spatial, material, formal and organisational adjustments and transformations of a particular context or situation will be employed and tested as methods of embodying and conveying design ideas. The aim is to become confident in designing through a development of the student's skills, understanding and ability in the design process.

The student will exercise their abilities to propose design schemes that embody clear and appropriate conceptual frameworks against which the proposals can be tested. The conceptual frameworks should be derived from the detailed and precise understanding of a particular context, emphasised in Design Level 4: Subject + Context.

This advanced level design module rehearses a student's ability to deliver a well developed, ambitious and resolved design proposal which has taken into account the complex and unpredictable conditions of a particular context and embodies within its rationale, scale, scope and remit, a well developed ambition for architecture.


You will study this module through one of the seven Diploma design units. Each design unit will state an overall agenda/interest within the built environment and also a project or related set of projects. These vary from year to year. The outline programme for the design unit is presented at the start of the first semester by the different design units and students may select which design unit and programme they wish to work with.

The programme set by the design unit runs throughout semester A and B and is assessed at the end of semester B

Learning and teaching

You will learn through the following range of events:
· Introductory talks, discussions and workshops on a range of different design processes.
· Individual work developing a process of design using an appropriate range of media and techniques with respect to a particular project.
· Individual and group work developing design proposals using an appropriate range of media and techniques.
· Individual development of an illustrative portfolio that fully documents the rationale of intentions and the design process.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. Develop systems of interpreting, using and spatialising research material in order to develop designed scenarios that intervene in and adapt a given context or situation
  2. Test the rationale for design proposals with respect to their relevance and appropriateness to a given context or situation, and adjust the design accordingly
  3. Direct and manage an appropriate design process to achieve a convincing and well worked through design proposition that skillfully manipulates spatial, material, formal, environmental and organisational conditions at a range of scales..
  4. Communicate effectively the ideas and intentions behind a design proposal through an appropriate range of representational techniques.

Assessment strategy

The student will be assessed on a well-developed and appropriately represented architectural proposal, submitted at the end of Semester B. This will be supported and illustrated by reference to your portfolio work. Representation and recordings in support of Design Level 4: Subject + Context will also form part of the portfolio. The architectural proposal represented must show a clear relationship with the raw material and understanding derived from the parallel design module.

The outcome should consist of a three-dimensional and spatial design proposal, which is equivalent in scope, and complexity to a small/medium sized building. Through the proposal you will make explicit the following:
· How the social, ethical, political and cultural context of your proposal has been considered; the needs and desires of your client, the community and society at large.
· How the environmental and economic context of your proposal has been considered
· How the professional context that guides building construction has been considered


Provided by the unit tutor and is specific to the project briefs