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Undergraduate Course: Developing Illustration Practice (LLLA08001)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is designed for undergraduate students who wish to be introduced to illustration practice and create an ambitious personal illustration project through an intensive three week programme.
Initially students will be taken through a series of illustration briefs which explore the planning and development stages of illustration as well as the context in research and preparation to help define and shape the development of their own illustration project.
Students will adapt a written a story or series of poems to develop these into an involved illustration project or a non-narrative series of images and ideas which can be visualized further into a series or a book and discuss and test out ideas using a range of traditional and non-traditional techniques, methods and concepts. Students will work to resolve their completed illustration project and present it along with their support material and a reflective short essay
Course description Over the class sessions the course will cover:

Week 1 (intensively taught)
Students will develop and challenge their visual interpretation of themes and texts through drawing and mixed media to explore narrative illustration and, based on literary sources, investigate how to tell a story through images. Initially students will be taken through a series of illustration briefs which explore the planning and development stages of illustration as well as the context in research and preparation to help define and shape the development of their own illustration project.

Week 2 (under tutorial supervision)
Students will adapt a written story or series of poems to develop these into an involved illustration project or a non-narrative series of images and ideas which can be visualized further into a series or a book. This course will provide the support for students to discuss and test out ideas using a range of traditional and non-traditional techniques, methods and concepts.

Week 3 and 4 (self-directed with targeted support and group crits)
Students will work to resolve their completed illustration project and present it along with their support material and a draft of their reflective short essay.
In the final session, students will orally and visually present their projects as part of student lead group critiques. This informs tutor written formative feedback to support students to complete their projects independently.

Independent study
After the taught element, students are required to complete their practical project and complete a short reflective essay (800-1000 words) away from the studio environment in preparation for a final summative online assessment submission.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesCourse primarily designed as an intensive summer course for visiting students from international undergraduate degree programmes
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. By the end of the course, through attending classes and engaging in directed and independent study, students should be able to: RESEARCH investigate and reflect on selected historical and contemporary illustration practices to develop personal visual ideas from both existing and their own texts
  2. PRACTICE develop a personal visual language in illustration which aspires to professional practices through complex exploration of process and materials in response to set briefs which lead to the successful conclusion of a resolved and accomplished personal illustration project.
  3. PRESENT present a range of considered and sophisticated studio work in an appropriate form demonstrating a range of ideas, storyboarding and development and complete a resolved ambitious personal illustration brief which demonstrates autonomy of decisions made, critical reflection and independent judgement appropriate to the problems set
Reading List
Baines, P., 2005, Penguin by Design: a cover story , London: Penguin Books
Hyland, A. and Bell, R., 2003, Hand to Eye: a survey of contemporary illustration, London: Laurence King Publishing
Blake, Q., 2002, Magic Pencil: children's book illustration today, London: The British Council ; The British Library
New, J., 2005, Drawing from life: the journal as art, New York: Princeton Architectural Press
Blake, Q., 2005, In all directions: Travel and Illustration, National Touring Exhibitions/Hayward Gallery
Zeegen, L., 2012, Fundamentals of Illustration, 2nd ed., Worthing: AVA Publishing
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Drawing and design skills, editing and selecting, contextual awareness of visual culture, visual interpretation of texts, communication skills (oral, written and visual), critical reflective writing.
Special Arrangements UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH STUDENTS WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THIS COURSE
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserMr Robbie Bushe
Tel:
Email: r.bushe@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Jennifer Tempski
Tel: (0131 6)51 4836
Email: Jennifer.Tempski@ed.ac.uk
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