City School of Architecture
 

CSA Diploma in Architectural Studies

CSA PART I COURSE

COURSE TITLE: CSA DIPLOMA IN ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES
DURARTION: 3 YEARS - FULL TIME
TIME: TUESDAYS TO SATURDAYS 8.30AM TO 5.30PM
INTAKE: AUGUST

 

YEAR 1 (Studio 01) is the most interesting year of study and encourages students to understand and appreciate architecture. Considerable emphasis is placed on creative design and design appreciation through design projects and drawing exercises. In addition, Architectural Studies which includes drawing, writing, experiencing architecture and Computer Studies are done under the umbrella of design to provide a richer understanding of architecture. Under Architectural Communication students are encouraged to work on architectural drawings and writing in addition to following lectures and studios in Architectural and Technical Drafting, Perspectives and Sciography, Free Hand Sketching, Graphics, Model Making, Appreciation of Architecture through writing and Computer Studies. Experiencing architecture is done through a series of organized visits to places of architectural interest.

Theory subjects are classified as History/Theory/Society & Culture; Technology; Environment and Profession. The subjects taught are – Society & Culture (core subjects - History of Architecture, Ancillary Subjects – Art & Sculpture, Music, Photography); Technology (core subjects–Architecture & Structures, Materials & Construction and Building Services); Environment and Profession.

 

CSA PART I - YEAR 1 (STUDIO 01)  CONTACT HOURS CREDITS
DESIGN  240 
ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES   480 6
HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE 60 4
THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE   ** 
ARTS  120 ** 
ARCHITECTURE & STRUCTURES   60 
MATERIALS & CONSTRUCTION 120  4
BUILDING SERVICES 60 2
ENVIRONMENT 60  4
PROFESSION    60  2
TOTAL CREDITS AT THE END OF 1ST YEAR 30 

YEAR 2 (Studio 02) The aim in the second year of the course is to further strengthen and reinforce the students’ skills acquisition and awareness in Architecture. Students are encouraged to develop their drawing skills in 2D and 3D form. The design programme includes 4 to 6 design projects that focus on the various factors that influence architectural form - context, a community and its social values, anthropometrics and ergonomics and the programme culminates in the design of an urban house and a community of houses. Architectural Studies which includes Architectural Communication, Experiencing Architecture and Computer Studies are done under the umbrella of Design. The production of architectural drawings and writing are encouraged under Architectural Communication (measured drawing of a house and an appreciation, book reviews in relation to design projects). Experiencing architecture is done through a series of organized visits to places of architectural interest.

Theory subjects taught during this year are classified as History/Theory/Society & Culture; Technology; Environment and Professional Practice and it is more detailed, to widen the students’ awareness and knowledge. The subjects taught are – Society & Culture (core subjects - History of Architecture, Theory of Architecture); Technology (core subjects – Architecture & Structures, Materials, Construction and Building Services); Environment (ancillary subjects- Climate Studies, Landscape and Surveying) and Profession.

 

CSA PART I - YEAR 2 (STUDIO 02)  CONTACT HOURS CREDITS
DESIGN  480 
ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES   240 6
HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE 60 2
THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE 60
ARCHITECTURE & STRUCTURES   60
MATERIALS  60 
CONSTRUCTION 60  2
BUILDING SERVICES 60 2
ENVIRONMENT 60  4
PROFESSION    60  2
 TOTAL CREDITS AT THE END OF 2ND YEAR 30 

YEAR 3 (Studio 03) is a year of systematic recapitulation of all subjects dealt with in the Part I years, with greater degree of concentration in preparation for the CSA Part I Diploma in Architectural Studies Examination.

The design programme in Year 3 guides the student to the overall synthesis of design issues to resolve architectural problems - handle design data, prepare a design brief; respond to development controls and building regulations, improve his/her decision making skills and design skills, reflect an integrated approach to design and display a general awareness of the profession and the construction industry.

During this year the student undertakes a Pre-CDP Project and a Comprehensive Design Project (CDP) aimed at demonstrating competence in problem solving and acquiring the technical skills necessary to create acceptable built environments at micro level. The CDP Project is a Mixed Development in Performing Arts/Leisure & Entertainment/Recreation within a wider community.

Theory subjects taught during this year are classified as History/Theory/Society & Culture; Technology; Environment and Profession Practice and are conducted with emphasis on the application of theoretical knowledge to the CDP. Subjects are taught as ancillary guest lectures and would cover a spectrum of inter-related disciplines – Society & Culture (Principles of Context Generated Architecture and Design, Development Controls and Building, Health & Safety Regulations), Technology (Structures, Materials, Construction, Interdisciplinary Design, Building Services) and Environment (Green Architecture & Alternate Technology). In addition, elementary Building Economics and the Principles of Managing a Small Practice are taught during this year under Profession. Students are also guided in Report Writing.

 

CSA PART I - YEAR 3 (STUDIO 03)  CONTACT HOURS CREDITS
DESIGN  480  16 
ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES   240 4
HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE 40 2 *2 / 3
THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE 20 2 * 2 / 3 
CONTEXT GENERATED ARCHITECTURE 20 ** 
ARCHITECTURE & STRUCTURES   40  2 * 2 / 3
MATERIALS 40  2 / 3
CONSTUCTION 40  2 / 3
BUILDING SERVICES 40 2 * 2 /3
ENVIRONMENT 60  3 * 2 / 3
PROFESSION    40  2 * 2 / 3
TOTAL CREDITS AT THE END OF 3RD YEAR 30