Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Architecture

Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 103 Graphic Communication I Undergraduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 4 2 + 2 129 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Omar Kapetanović, Senior Teaching Assistant Omar Kapetanovic Emina Zejnilović, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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The course elaborates and explores methods of graphic representation of architectural project introducing students to the fundamental drawing techniques crucial to expressing any design idea. The focus of this course is on basic graphic representational elements and their integration into complex visual presentation.

Graphic Communication is a graphics course which introduces students to the basic skills of graphic expression appropriate for architecture, including different presentations.

Through a series of lectures and exercises, students learn about the ways of presentation and levels of graphic messages. Course aims to develop students’ intellectual potential and learning capacity teaching them to express their design ideas into architectural drawings

  1. Introduction to the course
  2. Introduction to Drawing. Lines in technical drawing
  3. Introduction to Orthographic Drawing
  4. Orthographic drawing – architectural scale, concept of architectural floor plan drawings
  5. Orthographic drawing – floor plans (dimensions, description, hatch)
  6. Orthographic drawing – floor plans ( stairs)
  7. Orthographic drawing – floor plans (hatch, site plan)
  8. Orthographic drawing – Elevation
  9. Mid-term
  10. Orthographic drawing - Elevation
  11. Orthographic drawing - Sections
  12. Orthographic drawing - Sections
  13. Orthographic drawing – Section through staircase
  14. Orthographic drawing – Section through roof
  15. Final Review

  1. First graphic work introduction: Graphic matrix
  2. Linear and block letter
  3. Orthographic Drawing
  4. Orthographic drawing
  5. Orthographic drawing – floor plans (dimensions, description, hatch)
  6. Orthographic drawing – floor plans ( stairs)
  7. Orthographic drawing – floor plans (hatch, site plan)

  1. Orthographic drawing – Elevation
  2. Mid-term
  3. Orthographic drawing - Elevation
  4. Orthographic drawing - Sections
  5. Orthographic drawing - Sections
  6. Orthographic drawing – Section through staircase
  7. Orthographic drawing – Section through roof
  8. Final Review

  • Practical Sessions
  • Excersises
  • Problem solving
  • Assignments
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)120
Term Paper35
Final Exam130
Total: 100
Learning outcomes
  • Use standard drawing equipment
  • Communicate by using basic architectural drafting terminology and graphics
  • Present their work using traditional pencils and ink
  • Student to demonstrate understanding of architectural drawings including: lettering and line quality, floor plan layout, creating elevations, sections and axons; through a series of architectural drawing projects.
  • Student to demonstrate time management skills by completion of projects by assigned deadlines and by meeting specific objectives for each project.
  • Ching F., (2009) Architectural Graphics, John Wiley & Sons
  • P. Laseau, Graphic Thinking for Architects and Designers, New York, 2001
  • B. Edwards, Understanding Architecture Through Drawing, New York, 2008
  • R. W. Gill, Basic Rendering, 1991
  • T. C. Wang, Pencil Sketching, New York, 2002
  • M. O. Kilmer, R. Kilmer, Construction Drawing and Details for Interiors, 2003
  • G.Ellis, Modern Technical Drawing, London, 1994

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15230
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15230
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination11515
Preparation for Final Examination13030
Assignment / Homework/ Project12020
Seminar / Presentation 0
Total Workload: 129
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5