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Postgraduate Course: Design Exploration (20 Credits) (DESI11084)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is your core practice-based course for your Design Masters Programme. It asks you to define, collect, select, analyse and justify an area of creative research practice that is innovative and critically aware. You will produce a cohesive and mature body of practice-based research work.
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 the teaching and is used for delivery of projects that make up the content and structure of the course.

This course aims to:

1 Enable you to propose, justify and undertake a study plan with clearly defined critical aims, objectives and methods.
2 Enable you to develop a sophisticated body of research material and evidence of practical exploration that communicates a progression of ideas and a critical awareness of contemporary practice and theory.
3 Develop and consolidate your critical analysis and reflective appraisal of appropriate research themes.
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: 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. 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. ANALYSE: select and use relevant methods to evaluate appropriate material, precedents and sources with critical understanding.
  2. CHALLENGE: recognise, rationalise and question thematic strands within practice-based research investigations
  3. PLAN: demonstrate a sense of purpose and autonomy in the development of lines of inquiry in both theory and practice
Learning Resources
Crouch, C. and Pearce, J. (2012) Doing Research in Design. London: Berg Publishers.

Smith, H and Roger Dean (eds.). (2009) Practice-led research, research-led practice in the creative arts. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh.

Gaimster, J. (2011) Visual Research Methods in Fashion. Oxford: Berg

Seale, C. ed. (2004) Social Research Methods: A Reader. London: Routledge

Creswell, J.W. (2011) Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research. Los Angeles, Calif: SAGE Publications

Laurel, B, ed. (2003) Design Research: Methods and Perspectives. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press

All Learning Resources are delivered via each Programme and communicated via the ECA Portal (Virtual Learning Environment) and within Studio teaching.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Be open to new ideas, methods and ways of thinking
Be able to identify processes and strategies for learning
Be ready to ask key questions and exercise rational enquiry
Search for, evaluate and use information to develop their knowledge and understanding
Be able to respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts
Be able to make decisions on the basis of rigorous and independent thought, taking into account ethical and professional issues
KeywordsDesign,exploration,Ma,MFA,semester 1
Course organiserDr Jessamy Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)51 5816
Course secretaryMr Ryan Farrell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7400
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