Architectural Design IV

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Architectural Design IV

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Interior Design

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    In this module students are introduced to housing design. They begin with an analysis project, encouraging the use of precedents as a critical tool to develop their own work. This forms the introduction to the housing design project which challenges the students to respond to a complex brief and site as well as the issue of how people live and might live in contemporary society. A series of interim submissions encourage the students to test and develop their projects at all scales from how it responds to its context to how each dwelling unit is articulated spatially, structurally and materially. The module includes a study trip to a European city which challenges the students to analyse and respond architecturally to an urban and cultural environment which they are not familiar with, but which they can learn from. Students must complete all projects in this module and attendance during design studio sessions is mandatory. All of the learning outcomes must be adequately demonstrated to pass the module. Each student is required to submit an individual collated and organised physical and digital portfolio of their semester's work including all drawings, models, sketches, etc., which must demonstrate the required learning outcomes.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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