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Postgraduate Course: MFA Design Studio (40 Credits) (DESI11077)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis is a compulsory course in Semester 1 of your second year of the MFA. You will work on self-selected and generated projects, consolidating upon your previous practice and undertaking a deeper practical and theoretical investigation into your chosen discipline.
Course description The content of this course is specific to your programme specialism. The teaching and course work is based in your specialist studios and workshops. The Virtual Learning Environment supports teaching and is used for delivery of projects that make up the content and structure of the course.

This course aims to:

1 Consolidate practice, professional, technical and creative skills
2 Consolidate a professional approach to manage, structure and resolve an innovative contribution to your discipline
3 Consolidate your ability to propose, justify and undertake a project with clearly defined critical aims, objectives and methods
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 22, External Visit Hours 8, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 342 )
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. Each Programme communicates the specific required portfolio elements via the ECA Portal (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. EXPLORE: Demonstrate independent initiative, substantial autonomy and self-critical generation of innovative ideas
  2. DEVELOP: Develop a critical and contextualised relationship between creative practice and theory reflecting a significant understanding of your discipline
  3. SYNTHESISE: Evaluate and consolidate research within the production of realised projects with a critical understanding of the contexts of your discipline
Learning Resources
Miller, D. Stuff. Cambridge, Polity Press (2010)
Sturken, M and Cartwright, L. eds., (2009) Practices of Looking. An Introduction to Visual Culture. Oxford, Oxford University Press

Paul Wells, Joanne Quinn, Les Mills, Basics Animation 03 Drawing For Animation AVA Publishing (7 Nov 2008) ISBN-10: 2940373701 ISBN-13: 978-2940373703
Andy Wyatt, The Complete Digital Animation Course: The Principles, Practice and Techniques of Successful Digital Animation, Thames & Hudson (15 Mar 2010) ISBN-10: 0500288623 ISBN-13: 978-0500288627

Tomoko Nakamichi, Pattern Magic [Paperback] (Part 1, Part2) Laurence King (4 Oct 2010) ISBN-10: 1856697053 ISBN-13: 978-1856697057
Tomoko Nakamichi, Pattern Magic 2 [Paperback] Laurence King (21 Feb 2011) ISBN-10: 1856697061 ISBN-13: 978-1856697064
Brooke Hodge and Lisa Mark: Skin and bones : parallel practices in fashion and architecture Thames & Hudson; First Edition edition (2 Oct 2006)
ISBN-10: 050051318X ISBN-13: 978-0500513187

Graphic Design:
Hollis, Richard, Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style 1920-1965 ; Laurence King
Gavin Ambrose and Paul Harris, The Layout Book: AVA Academia
Elam, Kimberly, Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type: Princeton Architectural Press
Gatter Mark, Production for Print (Portfolio Skills) Laurence King

Illustration Meeting the Brief, Alan Male, Bloomsberry, 2014
Angus Hyland, Roanne Bell Hand to Eye: Contemporary Illustration Laurence King Publishing Jennifer New
How to be an Illustrator, Darrell Rees, Laurence King, 2008

Film and TV:
Imagining Reality - - Faber 1998 W Murch, In the Blink of an Eye
Sidney Lumet, Making Movies

Erhard Brepoh, Theory & practice of goldsmithing, Portland, Maine : Brynmorgen Press, 2001
Essays by Jivan Astfalck, Caroline Broadhead and Paul Derrez, New directions in jewellery London : Black Dog Pub., c2005

Interior Design:
Brooker, Graeme and Stone, Sally Rereading Buildings RIBA London 2004.
Brooker, Graeme, Stone, Sally Interior Architecture: basics series AVA 2008.

Performance Costume:
La Motte, Richard, Costume Design 101: The Business and Art of Creating Costumes for Film and Television, Studio City, Calif., Michael Wiese Productions, 2001
Transformation & Revelation: UK Design for Performance 2007-11/ Greer Crawley; Peter Farley, London, Society of British Theatre Designers,2011

Product Design:
Rob Thompson, Young-Yun Kim, Product and Furniture Designs Production (The Manufacturing Guides),Thames and Hudson, (Feb 2011)
David Bramston, Basics Product Design: Material Thoughts, AVA Publishing, III edition (April 2009) David
Cynthia Smith, Design for the Other 90 Per Cent, Cooper-Hewitt Museum; large type edition (Jan 2008)
Donald A Norman, The Design of Future Things, Basic Books (Dec 2007)
Koos Eissen and Roselien Steur, Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers, Bis Publishers, (Oct 2007)
Chris Lefteri, Materials for Inspirational Design, RotoVision (Nov 2006)

Other Learning Resources are specific to each Programme and communicated via the ECA Portal (Virtual Learning Environment) and within Studio teaching.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Have a personal vision and goals and be able to work towards these in a sustainable way
Be able to exercise critical judgment in creating new understanding
Be able to identify, define and analyse problems and identify or create processes to solve them
Seek and value open feedback to inform genuine self-awareness
Be able to use collaboration and debate effectively to test, modify and strengthen their own views
Understand social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities and issues
Course organiserDr Jessamy Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)51 5816
Course secretaryMr Ryan Farrell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7400
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