Visual Studies at SCI-Arc introduces students to an expanded view of architectural possibilities and promotes the importance of representation in the production of new architectural ideas and worlds.
Heading titleA Defining Feature of SCI-Arc’s Pedagogy
Through Visual Studies courses, students gain both professional competency and a means for creative speculation. By exposing students to the dual capacity of architectural techniques to represent and generate ideas, the Visual Studies curriculum integrates students into an evolving tradition of design production.
The famously elaborate drawings, models, renderings, and animations produced by SCI-Arc students and faculty reflect not only the ability to technically document and visually communicate a building’s design, but also a deep and long-standing interest in employing these tools as generative creative media.
Heading titleCommunicating Architectural Ideas
The Visual Studies curriculum emphasizes the notion that the practice of architecture relies on systems of representation to conceive, develop, and communicate architectural ideas.
In early Visual Studies courses, emphasis is placed on the development of contemporary technical expertise and visual acuity. Through in-depth instruction in the use of advanced software and tools ranging from generative diagramming to project delivery documents, students acquire the skills to design and compellingly represent complex three-dimensional geometric constructs and apply them to formal building projects.
"Visual studies courses help to build a larger skillset and a larger set of tools that we are able to use, whether it be different softwares, modes of representation, or model making methods. By doing this, we have more ways to communicate our ideas and express our interests in our studio work."
-Corie Yaguchi, B.Arch Student
Heading titleSkills-Based Communication
Students may choose to continue growing skills learned in Visual Studies with advanced electives led by architects and other creative professionals on topics such as time-based visualization, graphic design, scripting, interactive navigation, animation, documentary filmmaking, photography, and industrial and production design.