ARC 491/ARC 591

ARC 491/ARC 591– Portfoliio

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Course No.: 20402

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2018 Spring

Location: Hayes Hall – 401

Meeting Day(s): Tuesday

Meeting Time: 11:00AM - 1:40PM

Faculty: Davidson

Faculty: Davidson


This course will offer students instruction in assembling a clear, legible, graphically compelling portfolio of their work.


Whether you design a book, a poster, or a website, you have to carefully consider together the content, the

medium and the audience. The main goal of this course are to re-examine, edit and re-work your collected body of design work to construct a portfolio which shows your work in its best light.


The course will engage technical issues such as image selection, image editing, photo documentation, typography and composition, as well as conceptual issues related to representation: finding the appropriate visual register, experimenting with graphics and communicating with clarity. This process of analysis and reflection, which shifts the archives to the forefront of critical inquiry, should shed fresh light upon prior work. Each student will be expected to ultimately produce a portfolio which documents, compounds, frames and synthesizes their creative research as a student of architecture.


This course is recommended for undergraduate and graduate students alike. It is required that students have previous experience with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign as this is not a tutorial course. Students should have access to source files for drawings, as drawing revision is often necessary when making material legible and consistent in a portfolio. Students will be supported on an as-needed basis on fleshing-out application packages, including writing cover letters, statements, and formatting curriculum vitae.