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Undergraduate Course: Mixed Media: Exploring Materials and Processes (LLLA07258)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course is designed to extend self exploration in materials and processes. The investigation will inform a series of related mixed media art works to develop a deeper understanding of how to think laterally about a subject and define new directions to explore. The student will evaluate, select and edit to discern a personal sensibility in the use of materials and processes to progress work
Course description This course is designed to enable the student to explore mixed media processes and strategies to define, quantify and outline the intentions of working in a series. The process is not about repetition, but rather about being able to explore, investigate, examine or address particular themes, issues, compositions or concepts. A course project will encourage you to experiment with layering images such as using transparencies, symbols and text to create a body of work.

The aims of the course are:
to encourage an exploratory and open ended approach to the medium, its effects and creative potential in relation to experiences and interests of the individual student.
Provide opportunities for students to gain skills in materials that emphasize their thinking about ideas across media.

Outline of Content
The course teaching is typically delivered over weekly class sessions of around 3 hours each and totaling 30 hours. Alternatively, the course can be delivered more intensely or as a block if required.
Over the class sessions the student will:
- Explore structure and form of the studio environment in a series of drawings
- Make a series of test pieces investigating personal response to colour, tone and tactile surfaces
- Explore ways to create a sense of mood in mixed media drawing
- Employ analytical and expressive drawing techniques in sketchbook to develop a series of compositional ideas based on a set brief based on the city by day and city at night
- Develop ideas from city work and explore mixed media approach to restate in different yet interconnected ways
- Experiment with scale
- Work in series to explore the concept of revealing and concealing.
- Evaluate and reflect in Learning Journal
- Participate in group discussion and critiques
- Sketchbook content - increasingly student-led as ideas develop.
- Drawing Project - bridging the gap between painting and sculpture.
- Sketch out ideas about how to address both sides of paper and explore ways to extend the drawing from the surface of the paper.

The Learning Experience
The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, students' progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.
For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a 'directed study plan' which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.
Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness. Students are expected to demonstrate how their research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks, a visual digital journal and practical outcomes.
The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Unless otherwise stated, all students on this short course pay a published course fee per enrolment.

In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicate tools, materials and equipment:
- Easels
- Drawing boards
- Chairs and tables
- Still life objects and set ups
- A range of mixed media papers and cuttings
- Cutting mats
- Printing inks and rollers
- Overhead projector
- Black or white paper

Drawing medium ( at least three to begin the course)
- Graphite stick, conte crayon, black marker pen, coloured biro pens, soft pastel ( 1red, 1yellow, 1blue), oil pastel ( 1white, 1 black, wax crayons, black drawing ink
- Eraser
- Scissors
- 1 A4 soft cover stapled Sketchbook and 1 hard backed (A3 or A4 size)
- Images cut out from newspaper
- Acrylic paint- Cadmium red, crimson, cadmium yellow, lemon yellow, cobalt blue, ultramarine, viridian or phthalo green and titanium white.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  12
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A formative assessment session will occur in week 6 or 7 of the taught element of the course. Each student will undertake a 5 minute verbally presentation with their practical work in progress to other members of the class group followed by a 5 minute group critique supported by the course tutor. Each student will also electronically submit their work in progress digital journal to the course tutor.
Indicative and supportive feedback will be summarised in written form on the digital journal which will give an indication of what areas requires to be address in order to meet the published learning outcomes. This will comprise of short written summary of action points.

Summative Assessment
(Occurs at least 2 weeks after the last taught class)

Two weeks after the end of the class teaching, this course will be assessed by the submission of:

A digital journal documenting a summary of the learning journey as evidenced in the portfolio
(Indicate time spent: 20 hours)
This will include a summary of idea development, media exploration, contextual research, critical reflection and outcomes through notes, annotation, illustration and photography.

A portfolio of visual art/design works
(Indicate time spent: 80 hours)
This will include a selection of resolved design works, sketchbook works, preparatory studies, visual research and evidence of a contextual awareness.

The Digital Journal and Portfolio must be presented in a clear and professional manner appropriate to the discipline. The submission should include work undertaken within the class as well as directed and independent study out with the class.
The combined Digital Journal and Portfolio submission will be assessed against the three learning outcomes for this course. These are equally weighted (33.3% each) and each will be given a percentage grade. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 30% in each learning outcome and an overall combined mark of 40% minimum.
Feedback Formative Assessment
This will comprise of short written summary of action points of areas requiring addressing to meet the learning outcomes - but no indicative grades will be given.

Summative Assessment
On completion the assessment - each student will receive a % mark for each learning outcome along with written feedback putting in context the % mark and outlines areas for development.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, context and ideas: Demonstrate a range of research practices and strategies for recording and developing visual information, supported by contextual references.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques: Show a confident and enquiring use of materials and processes to create a range of visual studies and resolved artworks.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection: Demonstrate appropriate judgment to document select, edit and present artwork to reveal its value.
Reading List
Suggested Reading
BEN TUFNELL; Prunella Clough 1919-1999.; Tate Britain (Gallery) London : Tate Publishing ;2007
WALKER ART CENTRE; Photomontage of Hannah Hoch
ALBERTO GIACOMETTI, 1994, Alberto Giacometti : sculpture, paintings, drawings, Munich ; New York, N.Y. : Prest
CAMERON, D, 1999,William Kentridge 1995-: Christov- Bakargiev :J. M. Coetzee 1940, London, Phaidon
RUIT,O:,CANTZ.H, 2001. Kiki Smith: small sculptures and large drawings, New York, Arts Publishers.
DIETRICH, D, 1993, The Collages of Kurt Schwitters. Cambridge University Press
Sze S,2007,Sarah Sze,1969-Criticism and Interpretation : Installation(Art)
Web sources
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDrawing,mixed media,collage
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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