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Undergraduate Course: Art and Design (DESI07010)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThrough a series of practical projects and a wide range of lectures the course explores a range of art and design themes. The projects come directly from Edinburgh College of Art and Design 1st and 2nd year courses. They are adapted for this elective course so that valuable transferable skills are developed.
Certain projects are focussed on building up confidence in drawing. They develop an understanding of drawing as:
a device to develop concepts and communicate the design process
a way to research, observe and tell stories
an expressive tool to illustrate ideas and emotions
Problem solving and design thinking is explored in a number of the projects. You are asked to create and test prototypes and consider, the user, function and form.
The visual and text based documentation of research (sketchbooks and prototypes) as well as the final outcomes of the projects create an expanding portfolio through the semester. This portfolio, alongside the verbal and text based support of it, becomes the evidence for assessment of the learning outcomes of this course.
The final 3 weeks ask you to develop a self directed project inspired by the experiences and interests developed through the previous projects. This encourages the self motivation and inspirational thinking at the centre of many of the art and design disciplines.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Range of art materials (Sketchbook, paper, drawing/painting equipment) and bus travel for fieldtrip.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents must either have experience of art/design or be willing to engage in art and design practice such as observational drawings and design problem solving tasks.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV2) Quota:  31
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 11, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 162 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The final assessment is based 100% on the final submitted portfolio of work where all the course projects are represented. The assessment requires at least 80% of practical projects on the course to be completed and represented in this final portfolio. Along with drawings, sketchbook development work and photographs the portfolio will also contain specific written elements to several of the projects such as descriptions of a particular art and design movement or accounts of a particular project or design process.

Feedback and advice on specific projects comes in a number of forms including group and individual discussions with peers and tutors. At mid point students receive grades and feedback to reflect on their progress on the course.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. On completion of this course, the student will be able to: Demonstrate experimentation and fundamental understanding of drawing using a range of techniques and materials.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of Art and Design process in researching, testing and developing ideas to find creative solutions.
  3. Communicate ideas and complete work in a well structured and coherent way.
Reading List
The Language of Things Devan Sudjic
The Culture of Design Guy Julier
Walk the Line Marc Vali and Ana Ibarra
Ways of Seeing, John Berger
Blimey Matthew Collings
Experimental Drawing Robert Kaupelis.
Lines: A Brief History Tim Ingold
The Genius of Design Penny Sparke (also TV series)
The Shock of the New, Robert Hughes (also tv series)
"Design & Thinking" video documentary
Director Mu-Ming Tsai, Production Studio Muris Media
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Drawing, creative problem solving, art and design process and thinking
Special Arrangements After you have discussed taking one of our courses with your Personal Tutor/ School Student Support Office, please contact us to enquire if a place is available at:

The course quota is 30 - 6 of these places are allocated to the International Office.
Additional Class Delivery Information The course runs throughout Semester 2 on a Tuesday morning (9.30-12.30) in Room KO5(eca Main Building, Lauriston Place)
KeywordsArt, design, drawing, creative
Course organiserMr Harvey Dingwall
Tel: (0131 6)51 5726
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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