Introduction to Architecture

 Course Expectations

Art Department | Burlington High School

Teacher: C. Chang                                   

Course Title and Number: Introduction to Architecture

Room: 242

Class Site:



I. Course Overview


Architects, Interior, Landscape and Industrial Designers are responsible for the creation of our space and objects that we use daily. The environment, physical space and objects that surround us affect the function of our lives.  Students will gain an understanding of these art fields through in-depth study. Knowledge of these fields will be applied through the creation of sketches, architectural drafting, elevations, model building and computer aided design. Guest speakers working in these fields and visits to local design studios will be a part of this course. Students planning on a career in these fields will build portfolios of their work.


II. Successful Learning


·           Understand and appreciate the process of art making.

·           Listen to the assignment introduction - Ask questions.

·           Be open to suggestions.

·           Make productive use of your time.

·           Be aware of how other students solve similar problems.

·           Go beyond the specified requirements of an assignment. Challenge yourself.

·           If there seems to be a simple solution, push yourself to find a more creative one.

·           Be willing to re-work an assignment.

·           Remember that you are working on unique, original solutions to visual problems.

·           Don't be afraid to experiment.

·           Learn how to communicate visually, orally and in written form your ideas and vision for    three dimensional space


III. Student Learning Expectations


As a student in this course, you will be expected to:


IV. Expected Outcomes


By the completion of the Introduction to Architecture course, successful students will be able to:

V. Topics/ Content

Main Components:

Essential Questions:



VI. Assessing Progress


Types of Assessment:



Grading Criteria:

You will generally be graded on a combination of concept, design, technical quality, and participation


            (attendance, work habits, “self-challenge”, listening, asking questions, contributing)


Your grade will be based primarily on the portfolio of work for the quarter. Depending on duration and level of difficulty, each project may weigh from 5% to 25% of the term grade.

Your grade will be based primarily on the portfolio of work for the quarter (approx. 80%) (depending on duration and level of difficulty, each project may weigh from 5% to 25% of the term grade), and homework (usually 2 - 5% for each assignment, depending on the length and complexity of the assignment.).

Weekly writing assignments will each weigh as homework. Homework and writing assignments combined will weigh a total of approximately 20% of your term grade.

VII. Classroom Expectations


            Studio lab time and group critique time cannot be replicated at home.

            Poor attendance will have a direct bearing on your grade


VIII. Homework/Make-up Policy


If a student is absent on the day a homework assignment or quiz/test is due, the student should turn in the work on the first day back to school, or be prepared to take the quiz/test.


Students who are absent on the day a homework project is assigned will be expected to turn the project in on its due date, or discuss the possibility of an extension with the instructor.


In the event of a long absence, the student will be given time equivalent to the number of days absent to make up the work, unless an extension is requested by the student well before the due date, and approved by the instructor.


IX. Additional Information


Please feel free to contact me at school: 781-273-7024

I can usually be found in the drawing and painting studio (242) or the art department office (244) – they’re all connected.


What you will need:


·       11 x 14 sketchbook (blank pages, 60lb. paper or greater)

·       Set of drawing pencils

·       Set up an art area in your home where you can work on art projects


Class Website:

BHS Art Department website:

You will be expected to access these sites on a regular basis. On them you will find the current homework assignment, the current class project, contests and art opportunities, weekend workshops and classes, links to art schools, galleries of student artwork, and answers to many of your questions.