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Undergraduate Course: Product Design: New Making (DESI10056)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course explores the emerging paradigm of craftspeople, makers, hackers and designers who use digital technologies to create, co-create, design and distribute their work.
Course description Through a series of talks, skills based workshops and projects, the course will explore craft values, traditional making processes and novel forms of engagement, participation and interaction in digital and material cultures. The course will expose students to contemporary debates that on one hand promote the potential to realize innovation through the interconnectivity of digital production and the internet, and on the other threaten the value of craft and bespoke design. Students will develop skills in the transposition of analogue artefacts into datasets and forms, the manipulation of digital forms through relevant software applications, and finally the production of forms through advanced manufacturing techniques. Following close guidance through skills exercises and workshops, students will develop personal responses to the themes within the talks and through the skills that they have learnt.

This course will:

1. Introduce students to contemporary debates surrounding the use of distributed and digital technologies that challenge traditional models of craft, design and bespoke production.
2. Develop students' skills in manipulating digital resources through the use of relevant software.
3. Through practical projects engage students in the development of designed artefacts or systems that are explore new and old making practices.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Research and material costs according to student designs.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 12, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 30, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students are expected to produce design responses informed through an iterative making and researching process that is supported by a combination of talks, reflective discussions and practical workshops.

The semester long combination of review, reflect and make will result in two outputs including:

1. The production of a series of 'test' artefacts that demonstrate skills in using CNC, laser cutting, 3D scanning and 3D printing. This will be delivered in rotation over the first 6 weeks. 50%

2. The development of a personal practical project that articulates an understanding of the discourses surrounding new making cultures. 50%

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:

Learning outcomes will be assessed through a combination of presentation of the outputs over the semester, followed by final submission in week 12. Students will be expected to give an overview of the research and studio practice that led to these outputs.

Learning Outcomes will receive the same assessment weighting (33.33%), with both assignments contributing 50% to the final mark of each LO.
Feedback Formative feedback will be provided verbally during weekly tutorials, and mid way assessment of the 1st output.

Summative feedback will be provided following the presentation of the 2nd output in the form of verbal commentary immediately following the presentation, and written feedback following assessment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary debates surrounding the use of distributed and digital technologies that challenge traditional models of craft, design and bespoke production.
  2. Demonstrate the use of digital technologies toward the production of designed artefacts.
  3. Demonstrate a sensibility toward an appropriate mix of traditional making processes and new manufacturing methods within specific social and material contexts.
Reading List
Anderson, C. (2014) Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, Crown Business.
Adamson, G. (2007) Thinking Through Craft, Berg Publishers
Adamson, G. (2009) The Craft Reader, Berg Publishers
Crawford, M. (2010) The Case for Working with Your Hands: Or Why Office Work is Bad for Us and Fixing Things Feels Good, Penguin
Doctorow, C. (2010) Makers. Tor Books.
Hatch, M. (2013) The Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Innovation in the New World of Crafters, Hackers, and Tinkerers. McGraw-Hill Education.
Lang, D. (2013) Zero to Maker: Learn (Just Enough) to Make (Just About) Anything, Maker Media.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and Enquiry, Personal and Intellectual Autonomy, Technical/practical skills, Communication
Course organiserDr David Murray-Rust
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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