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Undergraduate Course: Design Context 1 (DESI07012)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to the defining characteristics and events of modernity and postmodernity and to the key critical concepts of modernism and postmodernism. It identifies and engages with the significant critical and aesthetic debates and creative practices that have shaped material and visual culture since the late nineteenth century. The specific aims of the Course are to enable you to acquire an understanding of the defining features of the evolution of material and visual culture since the late nineteenth century; to help you develop competence, imagination and understanding when applying key critical concepts relevant to the analysis and production of material and visual culture; and to support you in your investigation and analysis of some of the core issues that will establish a historical foundation for the development of your studio practice.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Design Studio 1 (DESI07007) AND Design Research 1 (DESI07011) AND Design Collaboration 1 (DESI07009)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to ECA students on degree programmes belonging to Design
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 15, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Other Study Hours 7, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 130 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) film screenings
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework
Each learning outcome has equal weighting (1/3).

Formative assessment is provided at the mid-point of the academic year. There is also continual formative feedback and feed forward throughout the academic year during group sessions and through peer group work.
Assessment is by submission of written work throughout the course with summative feedback at each point of submission. Summative assessment details as follows:
(1) Illustrated research portfolio into either the topics of Modernism OR Postmodernism that demonstrates the student¿s investigation of one key concept discussed in the stage 1 Design Context lecture series. To communicate their work, students should create a Fictional Story using text (1,000 words) and, when applicable, a selection of images that they have created (nor more than 10). Examples of such formats include, BUT ARE NOT RESTRICTED TO, the following: diary entry, personal letter, comic strip, film storyboard, product review, journalistic piece, etc. Submission date: November. Exercise worth 50% of end-of-course summative grade.

(2) Students are required to continue and develop their research into either the topics of Modernism OR Postmodernism by exploring in-depth one research topic derived from the stage 1 Design Context lecture series; the topic explored in their semester 2 assessment must be different from that tacked in their semester 1 submission. Semester 2 assessment exercise takes the form of a 1500-word illustrated and fully referenced essay. Submission date: February. Exercise worth 50% of end-of-course summative grade.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. RESEARCH: Demonstrate broad knowledge of a range of debates on modernism and postmodernism in the context of visual and material culture.
  2. ANALYSE: Evaluate the key ideas and debates relating to modernist and postmodernist developments both in your field and in relation to their wider cultural influence.
  3. COMMUNICATE: Convey pertinent ideas using a range of forms of communication effectively in both familiar and new contexts.
Reading List
Modernism with Ali Smith and Kevin Jackson (2012) BBC Radio 4. 22 October 2012, 21:30. available from « [6 December 2012].
Barbican Art Gallery (2012) Bauhaus: Art as Life. Ko¿ln: Ko¿enig in Association with Barbican Art Gallery.
Crouch, C. (1999) Modernism in Art, Design and Architecture. New York: St Martin¿s Press.
Harrison, C. and Wood, P. (eds.) (1991) Art in Theory, 1900-1990: an Anthology of Changing Ideas. Oxford: Blackwell.
Howard, M. (2000) The Oxford History of the Twentieth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Lupton, E. (1996) Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
Osborne, P. (2010) The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.
Overy, P. (1991) De Stijl. London: Thames and Hudson.
Wilks, C. (2006) Modernism, Designing a New World. London, VandA Publications.

Appignanesi, R. (1995) Introducing Postmodernism. Thriplo: Icon.
Branxi, A. (1984) The Hot House: Italian New-Wave Design. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press.

Featherstone, M. (1993) Consumer Culture & Postmodernism. London, Sage.
Jencks, C. (1986) What is Post-modernism? Academy.
Harvey, D. (1990) The Condition of Postmodernity. Oxford, Blackwell.
Harrison, C. and Wood, P. (eds.) (1991) Art in theory, 1900-1990: an Anthology of Changing Ideas. Oxford: Blackwell.
Howard, M. (2000) The Oxford History of the Twentieth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
McCracken, G. (2008) Transformations, Identity Construction in Contemporary Culture. Bloomington, Ind.: Indianna University Press.
Sardar, Z. (1997) Postmodernism and the Other: New Imperialism of Western Culture. London: Pluto Press.
Sparke, P. (2004) An Introduction to Design and Culture: 1900 to the Present. 2nd Edition, London: Routledge.
Thackara, J. (1988) Design After Modernism. London: Thames and Hudson.
Miller, D. (1998) Shopping, Place, and Identity. London: Routledge.
-- (1991) Material Culture and Mass Consumption. Oxford: Blackwell.
V&A (2011) Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970-1990. London: V&A Publishing.
Ward, G. (1997) Postmodernism. London, Hodder.
Watson, C . (2000) Multiculturalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Woods, T. (1999) Beginning Postmodernism. Manchester: MUP.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Explore various forms of researching, decision making, critical enquiry, communication.
KeywordsResearch, analyse, theory, enquiry, critique, written communication
Course organiserDr Jonathan Murray
Tel: (0131 6)51 5722
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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