Undergraduate Course: Product Design: New Making (DESI10056)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course explores the emerging paradigm of craftspeople, makers, hackers and designers who use digital making and fabrication techniques to create, design and distribute their work.
Through a series of talks, skill-based workshops and projects, the course will look at craft values and traditional making processes in the light of novel forms of engagement with materials, e.g. through digital making techniques and fabrication technologies. The course will expose students to contemporary debates that on the one hand promote innovative designs through parametric modeling and distributed digital production models, and on the other challenge the value of craft practice and production. Students will develop skills in the manipulation of digital forms through relevant software applications, conceptual understanding of current digital craft debates and the production of forms through advanced making and fabrication 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 fabrication techniques that expand and challenge traditional models of craft, design and production.
2. Develop students' skills in manipulating digital resources through the use of relevant software.
3. Through practical explorations engage students in the development of designed artefacts or systems that explore a variety of making practices.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|Additional Costs|| Research and material costs according to student designs.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Only available to visiting students in the Design School
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 6,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 18,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5.5,
Formative Assessment Hours .5,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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 material explorations that demonstrate skills in using CNC, laser cutting, 3D scanning and 3D printing. Short introductions and experiments will be delivered over the first 6 weeks with formative feedback upon submission. 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.
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary debates surrounding the use of digital making and fabrication techniques that expand and challenge traditional models of craft, design and production.
- Demonstrate the use of digital making processes toward the production of designed artefacts.
- Demonstrate a sensibility toward an appropriate mix of traditional making processes and new manufacturing methods within specific social and material contexts.
|Johnston, L. (2015) Digital Handmade: Craftsmanship and the New Industrial Revolution, Thames and Hudson Ltd.|
Ratto, M. (2011) Critical making: Conceptual and material studies in technology and social life, The Information Society, 27(4).
Shillito, A.M. (2013) Digital crafts: industrial technologies for applied artists and designer makers, Bloomsbury.
Warnier, C., Verbruggen, D., Ehmann, S. and Klanten, R. Eds. (2014) Printing things: visions and essentials for 3D printing, Gestalten.
Zoran, A. (2013) Hybrid Basketry: Interweaving Digital Practice within Contemporary Craft. Leonardo, Vol. 46, No.4, pp.324-331.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Research and Enquiry, Personal and Intellectual Autonomy, Technical/practical skills, Communication
|Course organiser||Mr Zachary Eastwood-Bloom
Tel: (0131 6)51 5815
|Course secretary||Ms Georgia Dodsworth
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712