2018 Winter School Subject List

Designing with Surfaces and Light (DESA1004) - Opens 10 May 2017

Faculty: Architecture, Design and Planning
Department: Architecture Design Science
Level: Undergraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1) Ms Jo Elliott - joelene.elliott@sydney.edu.au

(1) Ms Wenye Hu - wenye.hu@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 03 Jul 2017 
End Date: 17 Jul 2017 
Capacity: 100 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 10 May 2017 
Applications Close: 19 Jun 2017 
Census date: 10 Jul 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 10 Jul 2017 
Available to audit: Yes
Open to HSC graduates?: No


    There are no listed prerequisites for this course.


Objects only become visible when light reflects off of them. This unit explores the ways in which light interacts with surfaces, objects, and the human visual system.

Architectural design decisions regarding the lighting, as well as exterior and interior surfaces of a building, alter the perceptual experience of users and should be done thoughtfully.

This unit introduces students to the way humans perceive and experience the built environment. It covers some of the fundamental properties of light, mechanisms of human perception, and the ways that light interacts with surfaces.

The application of these topics to design decisions is also discussed. Students demonstrate their understanding of the presented material and apply their knowledge to critically analyze their own environments.


Assignment 1 - 750 words, essay (40%), Assignment 2 - 1000 words, critical analysis (60%)


Start Date: 03 Jul 2017     End Date: 17 Jul 2017

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