Undergraduate Course: Building Stories: Narrating Histories of Design (DESI08014)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is an innovative introduction to design histories. You will encounter stories of many kinds about places, people, things, and buildings. In doing so, you will be introduced to some of the ways in which designers tell stories about themselves, and how people tell stories about them.
During this course, you will be required to construct such a story of your own, using, and being introduced to a variety of practical techniques, including visual communication, storytelling and creative writing.
For the final submission, you will reflect on this process of story construction through the production of a reflective portfolio.
The lectures that form the spine of this course will introduce you to what used to be called 'periods' or 'styles' in design history, from the ancient world to today. However, in each case, these periods will be examined through the medium of stories, be it ancient myths, medieval chronicles, or renaissance plays and masques. Historical content is set against a strong practice element, in which you will experiment with myth making and storytelling as reflective and critical practices that not only describe the world, but, just like design itself, help invent and reinvent it.
In this course, you will encounter stories of many kinds - about places, people, things, and buildings that stretch back from the digital systems of the contemporary world to Industrial products, Renaissance objects, medieval furniture, and Roman architecture. You will construct such a story of your own; and will be introduced along the way to a variety of storytelling techniques, including visual communication and creative writing, as well as critical reflection.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Printing
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 9,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% coursework handed in at the end of the course
Reflective folio (20 pages A3 minimum), using visual and verbal media to evidence:
- understanding of core theories, concepts, terminologies in histories of design
- an understanding of how stories are told in visual and verbal media
- an understanding of the iterative processes of design
All learning outcomes to be equally weighted
||Week 5: Design and print out an A3 poster which, using visual cues as well words, explains to a non-expert audience what you have found out about your chosen object. Verbal/written feedback will be provided in relation to all three learning outcomes.
Week 7: Write no more than 500 words to tell the story of your chosen object. This piece of writing may take the form of a short story, a reflective essay. Verbal/written feedback will be provided in relation to all three learning outcomes.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a discerning understanding of core theories, concepts, and terminologies associated with design history.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate this understanding in a range of media, both visual and verbal to a range of audiences.
- Demonstrate an awareness of creative and iterative research practices in the area of design.
|Eliska Fucikova (ed.) Rudolf II and Prague: the Court and the City Prague castle Administration, Thames and Hudson, Skira 1997 ISBN 0-500-23737-9|
Graafland, Arie Versailles and the Mechanics of Power The Subjugation of Circe an Essay 010 publishers, Rotterdam 2003
Hamilton, Ian The Taking of the stone of destiny Lochar Publishing, Moffat 1991
Hollis, Edward The Memory Palace: A book of Lost Interiors Portobello Books 2013
Hollis, Edward The Secret Lives of Buildings: From the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in 13 Stories Portobello Books 2009
Purbrick, Louise (ed.) The Great Exhibition of 1851: new interdisciplinary essays Manchester University Press 2001
Ramirez, Juan Antonio Architecture for the Screen: a critical study of Set Design in Hollywood's Golden Age McFarland & Co. Inc, Jefferson, North Carolina, and London 2004
Wiseman T.P. Unwritten Rome University of Exeter Press 2008
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Generic cognitive skills: undertake critical analysis and synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues within the common understandings of design as a discipline.
Communication skills: Convey complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes
Autonomy, accountability, and working with others: exercise autonomy and initiative in some activities at a professional level in subject/discipline sector.
|Course organiser||Mr Edward Hollis
|Course secretary||Miss Karolina Mazur
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712