70210 - Lab-based Course on Computer Graphics

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  • Teacher Enrico Gamberini

  • Credits 4

  • SSD INF/01

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

Academic Year 2018/2019

Course contents

The course is organized in order to afford the technical and theoretical tools for the right representation of the architectural project.
This course is intended as an overall introduction to information technology and to computer use. The course will give to the student the methodology and the practical tools in order to work with the applications and with the most common operating systems.
Classroom lessons and laboratory practices will focus on this topics:

- Introduction to using computer for graphic applications: computer overall, CPU, Input/Output devices, random access memory (RAM), mass storage, graphics cards, Operating system.

-Raster graphics: overall, pixel definition, color space, image and device resolution, lossy and non-lossy data compression, most common raster formats and their main feature, Adobe Photoshop.

-Vector graphics and tecnical drawing: overall, functions and tools of a drawing application, graphic primitives, modify tools, layers, line styles and weight, screen frequency, print, design and development of a graphic layout, most common vector and vector/raster formats, Autodesk AutoCad.


D. Martini, M. Bertolo, A. Rizzi, Comunicazione visiva digitale, ed. Addison Welley, Milano, 2001

L. Santapaga, M. Trasi, AutoCAD guida facile al disegno CAD 2D e 3D, ed. Apogeo, 2016

GIMP Manual: https://docs.gimp.org/2.8/en/

The teacher will provide online handouts.

Teaching methods

The course consists of two phases:

-Theoretical lessons in the classroom, with notebook and projector for practical examples

-Practical lessons in the laboratory with exercise in order to verify the level of knowledges

Assessment methods

The exam of Disegno dell’Architettura includes the verification of all modules/teaching programmes that form the integrated course. The exam consist in one test divided in two parts. In the first part of the test, the student must presents the architectural drawings of the case study.

The second part of the test consists of an oral test, in which the student is asked to justify, from the theoretical point of view, the buildings that have been discussed during the lectures. The examination also consists in assessing the quality and accuracy of geometric drawings. These papers are:

- the notebook, which is a bound notebook, a sheet of drawing paper, white, on which the student notes and reports regarding the notes taken in class;

· the tables created during the exercises in the classroom and supplemented where necessary, in individual study, and these drawings will be made of at least A3 size paper, but if you want even larger, rough paper or semiruvida suitable for watercolors;

· The file and prints relating to the digital design of the plants and the elevations of the building assigned, stored on CD or DVD.

The exam mark is unique and corresponds to the overall assessment of the teaching topics of the three modules of the integrated course. A different mark will be given to both parts of the examination and the final one will be a weighted average of the two marks (compared to the credit weights of the various modules).

Teaching tools

Organization of the course, enrollment.

The course makes use of the e-learning at the University of Bologna, based on Moodle. Each student, from their computer or using the computers available in computer labs, must first connect to the site and read the http://elearning.unibo.it/ Student Handbook, which are also reported enrollment . The teaching relationship will be managed using the Moodle platform, which allows students to take the documents provided by the teacher (text, images, drawings and 3D models, etc..), To communicate with the teacher himself or interact in discussion groups, to upload documents to be audited, to participate in assessment tests, etc..

Materials needed for the drawing.

It is necessary that the student has the common drawing materials: a launderer of about 50 * 40 cm, pencil hardness of H, F and B, pen drawing, a line of 50 cm, a team of 45 ° and a compass. In addition, it requested an album of heavy paper or coarse semiruvidi charts, A3 size or larger (about 30 * 40), a tube of sepia watercolor (for the performance of light and shade), two synthetic watercolor brushes, an order and a medium. Finally, a notebook is required A5, A4 or similar, smooth white sheets of heavy paper (150 g / m²), bound.


The teacher will use in class, for various programs (thinkdesign, Rhinoceros, 3ds max, etc..). For digital design requires the use of GIMP, free software, and AutoCAD software, the student can get free, as specified below. This programs is also installed on all machines in the computer labs of the Faculty. The student will be able to get free for one year (renewable until completion of studies), the license of AutoCAD. The software can be downloaded at: http://students.autodesk.com/

Office hours

See the website of Enrico Gamberini