People think architecture students have it easy. They think its as simple as an arts degree. Some think that we laze around because we don't have any exams or anything. But I reckon architecture students have the most contact hours and do the most late nights out of any other courses. All this hard work usually revolves around this document called a 'folio', or a design portfolio which encompasses the semester's work of design and technical projects.
Our folios usually consist of sheets between A3 and A1 size, and they are posters or drawings which describe our final designs for projects within the semester. The smallest folio I've handed in is probably 26 A3 pages, and the largest one is our most recent one (pictured), which went up to 84 A3 pages. The average A1 folio was approximately 12 A1 pages (equivalent to 48 A3 pages).
Folios are 100% summative, which means our overall grade for the semester is unknown until the results are released, and most of us don't know if we passed of failed until then. However, we get these presentations called critiques, which is when we pin up our drawings and tell a guest architect about our design, and get critical feedback (usually negative) so we can work on our designs more.
Our last folio was the craziest... I spent like a day just to put drawings on a template 84 times, and then another day to print. Luckily I have an A3 printer at home which saves like $5 x 84 of prints (like 420 bucks). The final folio was like..... 2cm thick :S
I'm so happy uni is over until 2010 for me :) no more folios!