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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Edinburgh College of Art : Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Postgraduate Course: ASN: The Exploded Studio/City (ARCH11178)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers a practice led approach, supported through group seminars, to explore the city as a context of creative practice and action. The studio will explore dynamic structures and patterns of thought as opportunities to engage ideas across varying contexts, disciplinary, and situational boundaries, beyond conventional academic structures, to provide a greater range of experiential settings for students.

This involves critical exploration of site informed practices, urban pedagogies and cultural geography, interrelated with modes of visual and spatial expression, to evaluate the built environment.
This course is open to students with an interest in exploring the dynamics of site, context, urbanisation and landscape, by evaluating constructed space through a philosophical lens. The studio will provide opportunities for personal assignments, as creative reactions to place specific or site informed practice, involving improvisation, tools, and performance, to capture an experiential sense of place.

This course is enhanced through engagement with the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) to provide a high level of insight into current environmental thinking and action. The studio will culminate in a public exhibition at ECCI during the Edinburgh Science Festival, providing the opportunity for a professionally aligned output in a specialist institution.

To explore public space through comparative urban pedagogies and strategies;
To deploy a range of methods and tools to evaluate public space;
To expand practice and knowledge into the public realm.
To consider current ideas and innovations in science and engineering
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 25, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 2, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 8, Fieldwork Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 155 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will be assessed on a clear rationale that underpins a practical response to the course subject area, developed by the student as a practical output that can be justified on a theoretical level.
The course will offer a structured approach for development through individual tutorials and group discussion. Group interaction is encouraged and given the multidisciplinary make-up of the studio cohort collaborative projects are encouraged. The criteria for assessment are aligned with the learning outcomes and course aims.
Feedback Feedback for this course will be provided from tutors in verbal (formative) and written (summative) forms at key points, notably ongoing studio tutorials, mid semester reviews and end of semester assessment. This is aligned with the Universities common feedback structures, including:

Formative Assessment is designed to provide you with feedback on your progress and inform development, but does not contribute to your final grade. Formative assessment allows your tutors to give you feedback prior to undertaking a piece of (summatively) assessed work. Formative assessment aids understanding and development of your knowledge and skills and is intended to promote further improvement in your level of attainment. Some courses have formatively assessed assignments but not all courses have this.

Summative assessment is the process of evaluating (and marking) your work at a point in time. You will receive a grade for each course relative to the programme assessment criteria and individual course objectives. Marks are confirmed by at the end of year Examination Board and are combined to produce a single, numerical mark.

Refer to the ASN Programme Handbook for details of the Common Marking Scheme and grade descriptors.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Reflection: document a series of precedents through personal research interests related to the course subject area
  2. Exploration: undertake personal research into a specific area of public space interpretation
  3. Synthesis: undertake a practical project that demonstrates a methodical approach to public space
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Donald Urquhart
Course secretaryMiss Jennifer Watson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5743
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