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Postgraduate Course: Digital Crafting in Glass (DESI11076)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryCraft can be described as an interaction and connection between a person and a tool; be it a pen, a blower's pipe or a computer. New digital tools have bridged the gap between the digital and material world.

You will explore new relationships between traditional craft making techniques within the discipline of glass and digital fabrication processes. You will engage in practical glass workshops and Digital Fabrication Labs located in Edinburgh College of Art and participate in a short lecture based programme exploring the impact of new technologies within the context of craft in the age of the post-digital artisan.
Course description You will explore new relationships between traditional craft making techniques within the discipline of glass and digital fabrication processes.

A series of short pratical workshops in the first half of the course introduce you to new tools (digital and traditional), allowing you to explore their potential in your self-initiated project.

The workshops will cover the following areas:

2D - 3D fabrication using the laser cutter.
2D Laser etching on glass.
3D printing.
Rhino/123D Make.
3D scanning/123D Catch.
Glass fabrication processes including glass blowing, glass kiln casting and glass coldworking.

The second half of the course will be a self-initiated project exploring how these new skill-sets can be integrated into your practice. The outcome of this will be in the form of a portfolio documenting the final artefact and/or journey of the process.

The aim of this course is to expose you to new processes, mediums and new design thinking methods. It will explore how these can be influenced by your specialism and/or how they can be integrated into your practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs A material fee of 75 will cover all consumables used within the Glass department only.

Additional fees will occur through usage of services within the ECA Digital Fabrication Lab i.e. 3D printing, Laser Cutting, CNC milling and 3D scanning.

An example of costings: 100mm sphere with a wall thickness of 2mm will cost between 10 and 15. Each students will be advised on what method of production is the most cost effective for their project.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  26
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 3, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, External Visit Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 171 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) For your final summative assessment you are asked for a portfolio submission of artifacts, images and text to communicate your understanding of the learning acquired through the course. The portfolio elements evidence both your material and conceptual learning and map onto to the Learning Outcomes. The specific required portfolio elements will be communicated via the Virtual Learning Environment.
Feedback Feedback is regularly communicated through the course. This takes a number forms, verbally through group and individual meetings where work and ideas are discussed with both peers and tutor. There is also a specific mid semester formative feedback point when indicative grades are given.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a high level of critical awareness of current issues surrounding the subject of Digital Craft.
  2. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding through using a significant range of the techniques, practices and materials associated with the subject of Digital Craft.
  3. Apply critical analysis, evaluation and issues that are informed by the forefront developments in the subject of Digital Craft, inturn, apply this to related issues in your own field.
Reading List
Johnston, L. (2015). The Digital Handmade: Craftmanship in the New Industrial Revolution. Thames and Hudson Ltd
Openshaw, J. (2015). Postdigital Artisans: Craftmanship with a New Aesthetic in Fashion, Art , Design and Architecture, Frame Publishers
Charney, D. (2011). Power of Making: The Case for Making and Skills. London. V&A Pubishing
Mccullough, M. (1998). Abstracting Craft The Practice of the Digital Hand. MIT Press
Adamson, G. (2013). The Invention of Craft. London. Bloomsbury Academic
Cutler, V. (2012). New Technologies in Glass. A&C Black Publishers Ltd
Pye, D. (2007) .The Nature & Art of Workmanship. Berg 3PL
Harrod, T. (2015). The Real Thing. Hypen Press
Alfondy, S. (2008). Neo Craft: Modernity and the Crafts. Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design.
Dormer, P. (1997). The Culture of Craft: Status and Future (Studies in Design). Manchester University Press.
Warnier, C. Verbruggne, D. Ehmann, S. Klanten, R. (2014). Printed Things: Visions and Essentials for 3D printing. Gestalten.
Shillito, A M. (2013). Digital Crafts: Industrial Technologies for Applied Artist and Designer Makers. A&C Black
Labaco, R. (2013). Out of Hand: Materialising the Postdigital. London. Black Dog Publishing
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and Enquiry
Graduates of the University will be able to create new knowledge and opportunities for learning through the process of research and enquiry. This may be understood in terms of the following:

Be able to identify, define and analyse problems and identify or create processes to solve them.
Have an informed respect for the principles, methods, standards, values and
boundaries of their discipline(s) and the capacity to question these.

Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
Graduates of the University will be able to work independently and sustainably, in a way that is informed by openness, curiosity and a desire to meet new challenges. This may be understood in terms of the following:

Be open to new ideas, methods and ways of thinking.
Be able to respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts.

Be able to use communication as a tool for collaborating and relating to others
Be able to use effective communication to articulate their skills as identified through self-

Personal Effectiveness
Graduates of the University will be able to effect change and be responsive to the situations and environments in which they operate. This may be understood in terms of the following:

Be able to flexibly transfer their knowledge, learning, skills and abilities from
one context to another
Be able to work effectively with others, capitalising on their different thinking,
experience and skills
KeywordsGlass,Craft,Design,Digital,3D Printing,Laser Cutting
Course organiserMr Geoffrey Mann
Tel: (0131 6)51 5815
Course secretaryMr Ryan Farrell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7400
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