Grad.Cert. Computing and Design

University of East London

Application deadline: Various
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This programme is designed to give you the opportunity to:
* Training in a range of macro programming languages for automating CAD. Using this technology, students will be able to develop scripts for automating cad operations, linking different applications and designing intelligent design aids;
* Education in the implications for design of these new technologies. The associated lectures (from the MSc Computing & Design) help to set the technical skills in the wider design and practice context. The preparation of reports is a guided process where students learn how to present both design ideas and technical projects;
* Practical training for building design support systems by linking different applications. Students will be able to develop solutions to complex design situations, requiring the interaction with a range of specialists an a design team. This is especially the case if the student can take part in the AEDAS Mentor process.

What will you learn?
Knowledge and understanding

* How to define a small programming project; data requirements and overall interface design;
* How to interpret and define a scripting project in collaboration with the design architect, what questions to ask, how to extract design intentions and data needs for the project team;
* How to develop advanced scripting projects leading to complex building outcomes using evolutionary algorithms and other computer science algorithms.

'Thinking' skills

* Thinking algorithmically how to define the computational strategy for a design task in terms of matching the task to well defined strategy for its solution.

Subject-Based Practical skills(these examples will change as the technology grows in order to keep up to date)

* programming in selected languages currently Visual Basic for Applications
* how to write scripts and macros in AutoCAD, Microstation, Rhino and Excel

Skills for life and work (general skills)

* How to set up and deliver technical reports for the 3 components of each module. Clarity timeliness and high presentation skills are encouraged, which as in all architectural education are vital for continuing professional development.

Contents

The programme is two semesters long and runs in semester A and Semester B. The final award is 60 M level credits. Each module is of one semester's duration. Modules start in both semester A and B

Student/Staff Contact time (including web based) 200(100 x 2) hours consisting of Programming classes, use of the Web based learning facilities, and lectures.

Student Independent Study 600 (300 x 2) hours. This can include professional practice where appropriate.

Mainaims of the module
To provide training in a range of macro programming languages for automating CAD. Using this technology, students will be able to develop scripts for automating cad operations, linking different applications and designing intelligent design aids.

* Education in the implications for design of these new technologies. The associated lectures (from the MSc Computing & Design) help to set the technical skills in the wider design and practice context. The preparation of reports is a guided process where students learn how to present both design ideas and technical projects.
* Practical training for building design support systems by linking different applications. Students will be able to develop solutions to complex design situations, requiring the interaction with a range of specialists in a design team. This is especially the case if the student can take part in the AEDAS Mentor process.

Main Topics of Study:

Module ARM 161 'Introduction to CAD Scripting' - 30 credits

1 Simple VBA programming

* General concepts of syntax through geometric explorations line surface volume(2);
* User forms (GUI interface)(2);
* More complex data structures (arrays user defined types);
* Using blocks / cells.

2 Manipulating data and linking with other applications

* Using Excel with object linking and embedding;
* Façade design , panelisation, structural grids plans;
* Tagging extended data;
* Selection sets.

3 Parametric modelling exercise

* Advanced exercises in scripting;
* Designing a pavilion / student personal choice of project.

Teaching materials are available on the web (including Web-CT discussion forums and user feedback and the CECA WIKI for collaborative problem-solving).

Module ARM 162 'Introduction to Advanced CAD Scripting' - 30 credits

1 Introduction to distributed representation

* Cellular automata
* Diffusion, relaxation and other emergent morphologies
* Agent-based modelling

2 Evolutionary algorithms

* Neural networks and self organising mappings
* Simple Genetic algorithms for morphological experimentation
* Natural selection using fitness functions

3 Intelligent spaces and forms

* Development of one of the approaches by the student to respond to an architectural design problem;
* Designing a pavilion / student personal choice of project.

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