cod. 1009591

Academic year 2021/22
1° year of course - First semester
- Andrea ZERBI
Academic discipline
Disegno (ICAR/17)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
3 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: REPRESENTATION STUDIO

Learning objectives

The course aims to give students the mastery of the software tool, both as a tool for the study of the reality, both as an automatic application of the representation.
At the end of the course the student will be familiar with the basic concepts of two-dimensional automatic drawing, geometric modeling of shapes, the basics of image management and the most appropriate methods for paging their work.
At the end of the course the student will be able to practically apply the knowledge gained and to realize autonomously works in the specific field of drawing with particular reference to the representation of the design product.
Independence of judgment
Due to the lessons learned, at the end of the course the students will be able to identify for themselves the methods and the techniques of representation most appropriate for the communication of their work.
Communication skills
Since the digital representation is one of the leading forms of language for the communication of architecture, passing the exam, the students must necessarily have acquired the ability to communicate their ideas and projects through the use of raster and vector software.


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Course unit content

In the context of the Laboratory of Representation is essential to connect the design, as the tradition of architecture has transmitted to us, and the new tools that the technology continuously makes available.
The course of “Representation of digital model”aims to give students a clear and definitive understanding of the characteristics of digital drawing, be it represented by raster graphics or vector graphics.
The course is divided into three main parts and is modulated in cycles of theoretical and practical lessons with the following topics:
First part (the CAD):
- Introduction to vector graphics;
- The CAD (computer aided design);
- Space and visualization in CAD software;
- The setting of the workspace;
- Main drawing tools;
- Main edit tools;
- Other tools necessary for completion of CAD drawings;
- Introduction to 3D tools.
Second part (the raster graphics):
- Introduction to raster graphics;
- Space and visualization in raster software;
- The setting of the workspace;
- Main drawing tools;
- Main edit tools;
- Other tools necessary for completion of raster images.
Third part:
- Revisions of work assigned to students.
The practical exercises, all individual, will focus on the same topics covered in the Descriptive Geometry and Drawing module in order to allow students to verify the univocal approach to the theme of representation regardless of the drawing tools used. All the practical exercises must be completed using the computer tool and then printed.

Full programme

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All the material presented during the course (power point presentations, models, videos) will be made available to students on the Elly UNIPR teaching platform.
Specific information will be provided during the course for any further study.

Teaching methods

The course, strongly integrated with the other modules constituting the Laboratory of representation, will be articulated in a series of frontal lessons carried out in special laboratories equipped with video terminals. To allow a continuous and progressive learning of the systems of digital representation, parallel to the conduct of theoretical lessons, numerous individual practical lessons will be assigned. These will have as their object the same works, made using traditional techniques, of the “Descriptive geometry and drawing” module. These exercises will consist in the production of digital works (then printed) in which the student will be forced to use the acquired notions.

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of learning will be carried out continuously during the course, through the evaluation and control of all the material produced by the student.
The verification will be so modulated:
Punctuality in the conduct of the individual practical exercises assigned: 5%;
Use of graphic software in the transition from the representation of the object to the virtual modeling of the object itself (knowledge): 35%;
Application of tools more suitable for the realization of digital drawings (skills): 25%;
Autonomous choice of the most appropriate software for the implementation of their drawings, depending on the achievement of the desired result (independence of judgment): 35%.
The final grade of the course will be integrated with the grade of the other courses belonging to the "Laboratory of representation", through a weighted average, in order to obtain the overall grade of the whole laboratory.

Other information

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