Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Architecture, Communication Studies, Graphic Design

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    SARC 161 and 162; Students must provide a portfolio of work for pre-approval before International Orientation and Enrolment week at Victoria University of Wellington. Students can only submit portfolios in a CD, PDF, website or propger booklet format. Printouts are strongly discouraged. The portfolio must be an acurate representation of the student's skill set to date.

  • 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

  • Credit Points

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

    Studio-based course introduces and develops the representation of design concepts of projects, with a focus on drawing and modelling by means of analogue and digital media. Emphasis is placed on developing effective graphic communication techniques for design and implementation.

    SARC 261 explores the conception and visual articulation of intentions throughout the multiple facets of the design process.

    Design is conceived as an experimental enquiry, whereby the application of sophisticated techniques is critically explored to produce a visual rhetoric.

    Students learn how to develop strategies to communicate their design intents - and to select and use the appropriate tools. By engaging with advanced digital modes they are able to simulate and control complex systems, producing drawings and suggestive images, precise schematics and using multiple media of representation.

    Through a series of studies students examine the nexus between concepts, logics and their manifestations, enhancing their understanding of design notions and of how to communicate them cogently.

    The approach is both theoretical and practical: methodologies are examined from both perspectives.

    Particular focus is devoted to the relationship between dimensions. The ability to make this passage seamlessly - without losing the qualities of each dimension, instead celebrating and transforming them - is cultivated.

    The program instils students with a critical aesthetic sensitivity, training them to examine not only the proprieties of mediums of representation but also their inherent biases.

    Ultimately, substantial attention is paid to the quality of the outcomes and, underneath them, students? capacity to present design ideas in a polished manner.

    Course Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1: Select and utilize digital and physical tools, moving freely between different media and scales to represent design concepts in architecture.
    2: Develop advanced skill in depicting meaning and mood in design.
    3: Plan, prepare and deliver project presentations which are systematic, persuasive, pertinent and evocative.
    4: Understand the potentials for, and implications of, drawing as thinking and drawing as presenting

    Project 1:Technique Studies 30%
    Project 2:Critical Reinterpretation 20%
    Project 3:Performing Pavilion 50%

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.

Some courses may require additional fees.

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.

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

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

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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