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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.
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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.
Course organiserMs Emma Gieben-Gamal
Tel: (0131 6)51 5721
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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