Design Communication: Architectural Drawing

Bond University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Design Communication: Architectural Drawing

  • Host University

    Bond University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4.5 - 6
  • Overview


    This subject focuses on Drawing and Visual Communication as critical skills for designers and architects. Drawing is considered in the following terms:

    • Drawing as a means of accurately representing and interpreting the observed world in a two dimensional graphic format;
    • Drawing as a means of aiding in the process of design and generating design ideas;
    • Drawing as a language for the communication of design ideas through graphic means.

    Students will be taught fundamental drawing skills through a series of technical drawing exercises and assignments. Students will be encouraged to use drawing skills to aid in the creative processes involved in giving form to abstract thoughts and ideas.

    Using drawing as a tool for communication, students will be exposed to a range of methods of graphic presentation, through diagrams, story-boards, vignettes, tone and shadow, orthographic conventions, life drawing and iterative sketching. Students will also practice the broader Communication skills involved in organizing and making presentations- graphic presentation in the form of a Final Folio of coursework, and verbal presentation in the form of in-class exercises. In addition, students will also be introduced to the relationship between the architect/designer and the ubiquitous sketchbook. This subject runs simultaneously with Design Studio 1, ensuring that the students’ freehand drawing, diagramming and orthographic conventions, as well as presentation skills are synchronized with the content delivery of the studio.

    Learning Objectives
    1. Demonstrate the ability to critically observe, analyse and focus.

    2. Develop the ability to think creatively, conceptualise and abstract

    3. Demonstrate basic architectural skills in 2d, 3d, oral and written communication 

    4. Demonstrate an understanding of basic perspective theory, the ability to think graphically and utilise drawing as a language of communication

    5. Demonstrate architectural drawing skills in 2D and 3D including freehand drawing, diagramming, brainstorm sketching and orthographic conventions

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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.