UDLA 101 Studio 1 (2-8) 6
This first design studio course is structured to introduce the students to the design process and explains the context; content, tools, studio culture, and work methodology to activate the design studio environment and explore the design language through different means of working in an abstract manner. It is prepared within the scope of basic design principles application, formal ordering systems, and geometric manipulations. It aims to transfer the use of a range of tools, skills in communication, research, cultural and contextual studies through a series of theoretical and practical bases for working and developing ideas. With a focus on “self and environment” students will engage with the physical body (mass) and space and place through a spatial experience. Investigating various techniques of transformations and controlled articulation of the mass, student perceptions are used to heighten and influence the development of their observation skills and knowledge of the tool’s design. Art and design installations will be created as a group or individual works and the main project will be supported by several short-term workshops, seminars, research, and presentations.
UDLA 109 Research Methods and Discourses (2-2) 3
The course introduces a systematic approach to conducting research, from developing a research question via critically reading scholarly texts to writing own scholarly texts. It introduces general methodologies of research and discusses a broad spectrum of disciplines that might be used as specific methods/tools in design-related research, such as philosophy, sociology, and anthropology.
INAD 107 Cultural & Contextual Studies I (3-0) 3
This course focuses on the design and art of ancient cultures of the Mediterranean, central Europe and the Middle East, from prehistory to the early Byzantine and early Islamic periods. It provides a framework through a chronological survey, covering architecture, landscaping, gardening, sculpture, painting, furniture and minor crafts, being linked to the cultural, political, religious, socio-economic and technological contexts and their agents. The course builds up a sound knowledge of key monuments and works of art. It develops the necessary skills to diagnose stylistic trends of ancient design and art and to define their characteristics, such as typology, iconography, material and technique. Finally, it introduces theories of design/art, preparing the students for a reflective critical assessment. The course addresses students of design.
UDLA 103 Design Communication 1 (2-2) 3
This course teaches the fundamentals of drawing and sketching and introduces core competencies in Computer Aided Design and Drafting and provides students with the ability to communicate the visual and technical detail of a design through accurate three-dimensional (3D) models and technical drawings for manufacture. The primary motive of this discipline is for the students to craft effective and expressive ways to share ideas with others, using an approach focusing on both problem-solving and persuasion. By experimenting with a variety of media techniques and tools in their design practice, students will enhance their ability to conceptualize, develop, and communicate design ideas and potential outcomes.
UDLA 105 Introduction to Landscape Architecture (2-0) 2
This course provides a basic knowledge of landscape architecture as a profession and academic discipline, its interrelation with other disciplines, its history, scope and general issues of landscape architecture discipline, landscape design and planning vocabularies. Additionally, the course focuses on the design continuum of living landscapes from the wilderness, to rural landscapes and urban landscapes. Within this context; the basic landscape design concepts and principles are also taught to students. Learning outcomes of this course include understanding of the scope and major themes of the landscape architecture profession, knowledge and ability of the landscape design process.
UDLA 001 Colloquium 1 (0-0) 0
The colloquium aims to expose students to issues of design outside the classroom and provide exposure to different design thinking both among their peers within their departments and other students in the faculty of design. The colloquium is repeated every semester except the last semester.
SOFL 101 Academic English I (3-0) 3
Students who regularly attend this course will have the opportunity to practice a variety of study skills, including but not limited to setting goals, organizing, using time, concentrating, and taking notes. Students will be given important articles written in modern-day English and students will learn to discuss and write responses at an academic level. At the end of the lessons, each student will be able to derive the meaning of unknown words in a reading text, write paragraphs and articles, summarize, discuss and write reply letters.