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Undergraduate Course: Design Context 2 (DESI08012)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers a range of course electives where students will have the opportunity to explore critical and contemporary debates used in the study of visual and material culture. Through a diverse range of assignments you will test, apply and communicate your investigation of key ideas and case studies. The specific aims of the course are to enable you to build contextual understanding of design and visual culture; to help you further develop competence, imagination and positional understanding when applying key concepts relevant to the production and analysis of designed artefacts, environments and objects of visual communication; and to encourage you to identify and explore relevant research methods as well as to interrogate key critical concepts that will establish a contextual foundation for the development of your studio practice. Existing elective options that will be offered to student for Design Context 2 include (students are required to take one elective each in semesters 1 and 2): Designing Alternatives; Home Truths; Issues in Contemporary Cinema; Modernism and After (direct entry stage 2 students only); Time, Place and Kitsch; Visual Ecologies; Visual Narratives; What¿s Up, Doc? Introducing Animation. Each elective option is accompanied by a detailed course description, syllabus, reading list and assessment exercise.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Design Studio 1 (DESI07007) AND Design Research 1 (DESI07011) AND Design Context 1 (DESI07012) AND Design Collaboration 1 (DESI07009)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Design Studio 2 (DESI08007) AND Design Research 2 (DESI08011) AND Design Collaboration 2 (DESI08008)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to ECA students on degree programmes belonging to Design.
Appropriate SCQF Level 7 qualification or equivalent.
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 16, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 140 )
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. Each elective offered as part of the Design Context 2 course has its own dedicated assessment task. Given the diverse range of subject matters covered by the suite of electives currently on offer to students, the precise nature and scope of assessment exercises varies from elective to elective. In general, however, each elective¿s assessment exercise is designed from the overarching starting point of an illustrated and fully referenced 2000-word essay submission on a topic directly related to a given elective¿s syllabus. Students must complete a 2000-word essay (or equivalent) for each of the two elective courses they are required to take in order to complete Design Context 2. Semester 1 and 2 assessments are each worth 50% of the summative end-of-course grades. Submission dates are: November (semester 1); March (semester 2).
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. RESEARCH: Use a variety of appropriate research approaches to show an understanding of visual images, artefacts, built environments and texts.
  2. ANALYSE: Demonstrate detailed knowledge of and critically engage with the main theories of cultural production.
  3. COMMUNICATE: Show initiative in managing and communicating your work through appropriate responses.
Reading List
Specific Bibliography will be determined by tutors and uploaded to the portal: as noted above, Design Context 2 is made up of a wide range of diverse elective options available to students: each elective has its own dedicated reading list, rather than a single overarching reading list existing for the entire course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Explore various forms of researching, creative problem solving and decision making, editing, communicating.
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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