Pacific Design Environments

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Pacific Design Environments

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Architecture, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One of ARCI/INTA/LAND 251; 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

    Introduction to issues relating to designed and built environments of the Pacific region. Examination of contemporary conditions within a wider spatial and historical framework. In addition to a central focus on the settlement of Aotearoa/New Zealand, course material extends to other cultures within the greater Pacific rim.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    No. 1. Apply history, theory and precedent to the critical analysis of contemporary architectural issues.
    No. 2. Demonstrate awareness of the social, artistic, technological, economic and ethical issues influencing
    designed environments.
    No. 3. Evaluate design strategies using a range of aesthetic, contextual, functional, economic, cultural and
    technological criteria.
    No.4. Communicate effectively and professionally in a variety of modes and formats.

    3000 word assignment- 50%
    2nd 3000 word assignment- 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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