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Undergraduate Course: Access Art and Design 2 (AACE07006)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAccess Art and Design 2 initially focuses on individual portfolio refinement and digital submission, providing students with the optimum support and guidance for pursuing their individual creative degree pathways. Thereafter, the course will be project-driven with a live brief, instilling students with confidence, stimulation and motivation through a variety of 2d/3d creative projects, and critical thinking through a range of recommended texts. Progressive creative workshops will provide further drive towards the creation of a refined and resolved body of work that will be presented at an end of year exhibition, empowering students with the confidence, passion and commitment required to progress to a wide range of art and design degree programmes.
Course description 1) Academic Description

This course is offered as part of the Access Programme (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences). The Access Programme aims to prepare students for undergraduate study by introducing them to a range of essential skills and encouraging them to employ these
skills in a confident and flexible way.

Having established a strong foundation through semester 1 courses, semester 2 courses will adopt a more in-depth scholarly approach, preparing students for progression to undergraduate study.

This semester 2 course will provide a supportive, stimulating and creative environment in which to build upon the skills gained in Access Art and Design 1. Students will continue to develop and refine their skills and artistic maturity to create an individually-tailored portfolio for entry to the wide variety of art and design degree programmes (e.g. Art, Intermedia Art, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Fine Art, Animation, Fashion, Film & Television, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewellery & Silversmithing, Performance Costume, Product Design, Textiles, etc.).

The initial focus of the course is in refining individually-tailored portfolios for submission to degree programmes, to enable the student to evidence their artistic ability and potential in their chosen pathways. In line with portfolio assessment criteria, four key areas will be blended into the learning journey: enquiry and visual research; idea development and material/technical exploration; critical judgement, reflection and resolution; and contextual awareness.

Practical work will be focussed around a live brief, enabling students to engage with and demonstrate independent creative exploration into a wide variety of social issues relating to 'identity' and how others perceive us, such as work linked to gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity and class. Transferrable skills such as teamwork, communication and time management will be embedded into the course. Advanced workshops will be delivered in a range of drawing and 2d/3d skills and techniques, visual recording, mixed-media experimentation and confidence building, digital engagement, and presentation of a final resolved body of work in public exhibition.

2) Outline Content

This course is designed around completing individual digital portfolio requirements for entry to degree programmes in the creative arts, and building upon the skills and knowledge developed in Access Art and Design 1 to create comprehensive physical portfolios and a resolved body of work for exhibition. Each of the sixteen practical studio (or site-specific) sessions will be launched with short seminars introducing a range of contemporary art/design issues, along with current debates in contemporary culture to inspire and stimulate the students' work and provide greater depth to portfolios. The course will include workshops on portfolio visual presentation to encourage a critically-refined submission; supportive individually-tailored creative workshops; a team-work exercise in sculptural animation and stop-motion photography; site-specific drawing workshops in relation to 'identity' (e.g. Surgeons Hall), and; advanced life drawing workshops.

Students will present their individual projects to the group following a creative confidence-building workshop, and progress to develop experimental and resolved outcomes through exploration at intensive workshops in contemporary collage, colour, painting and mixed-media, 2d/3d surface treatment, and digital experimentation and printmaking. A curating workshop will take place towards the end of the course, guiding students towards presenting their work in exhibition, where students will be assessed on their portfolio development and resolved outcomes. To prepare the student for progression, reading/research will be encouraged to be synthesised with individual pathways/year one of potential degree programmes.

3) Student Learning Experience

Students will continue to develop through weekly studio-based and practical enquiry in a creative and supportive environment. Students will be inspired by short seminars of contemporary art/design and cultural issues, to strengthen their practice's theoretical engagement. Whilst the course is structured towards the broad needs for all programmes of continued study, students will continue to be reflective learners, working towards their chosen pathways through independent research, journal and portfolio development.

As with most art and design courses, students will receive regular verbal appraisal, both on a one-to-one basis and in 'crits', throughout the course.

A formative 'mini-viva' presentation and assessment of work in progress will take place in Week 11 to prepare the student for the journey ahead. Constructive feedback (both verbal and written) will be provided by the course tutor. Students will be encouraged to consider feedback and to respond to this in future work.

A final summative mini-viva assessment will take place at the end of the course, where students will present final outcomes/resolved pieces and supporting portfolio for an assessed final mark/ grade.

In addition to support and feedback at course level, all students on the Access Programme will engage via an online learning journal, where they will be prompted to reflect on their learning experience, feedback and progress and will receive personalised guidance and support from their Personal Tutor.

Students will also participate in a range of cultural and social engagement activities which are intended to complement their studies, increase cultural capital, encourage engagement with peers and communities, and build a sense of belonging.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  10
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 36, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There will be one formative and one summative assessment linked to the learning outcomes for the course, and focussed on supporting and steering portfolios for entry to degree courses.

Formative Assessment: Investigating Identity (mini-viva, digital presentation to group consisting of student's conceptual framework, work-in-progress and developing ideas for resolved outcomes, followed by tutor-led peer assessment and written summary).

Summative Assessment (100%): Investigating Identity will include:

A digital presentation, exhibition and physical portfolio submission, which will be assessed against the 4 learning outcomes. Each learning outcome will be equally weighted at 25% and marked with a percentage grade.

To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 30% in each learning outcome and an overall combined mark of 40% minimum.

Students who do not meet this requirement will be offered the opportunity to resit in accordance with taught assessment regulations.
Feedback As with usual practice-led art and design courses, students will be given regular (verbal) individual support, to help build confidence and commitment, and enable a smooth transition to individual chosen degree pathways. Tutorial support (verbal and written) will continue in relation to developing practical work, and tutor-led group/peer assessment (verbal) will take place weekly following workshop activities. Following the formative assessment, indicative and supportive feedback will be summarised in written form which will give an indication of what areas require to be addressed in order to meet the published learning outcomes and maximise each student's learning potential. This will comprise of short written summaries of action points together with an indicative grade. Students will receive a final assessed mark/grade on completion of Access Art and Design 2 following the summative assessment.

Students will also be prompted to reflect on feedback via the online learning journal and will be provided with personalised guidance and support from their Personal Tutor.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Effectively articulate and defend their portfolios in relation to their chosen degree pathway
  2. Demonstrate a progressive awareness and engagement with contemporary art/design and cultural trends through regular attendance and participation in seminars and workshops
  3. Demonstrate an advanced developing visual awareness and an integrated approach to visual enquiry through visual recording skills in portfolio and journals/sketchbook experimentation
  4. Show an advancing critical visual awareness in considering feedback and responding to this in developing and resolved work
Reading List
Gregory, D., 2008. An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers. Cincinnatti Ohio: HUW Books.
Kleon, A., 2012. Steal Like an Artist. New York: Workman Publishing Company Inc.
Smith, T., 2012. Thinking Contemporary Curating. New York: Independent Curators International.


In terms of individual project development in the live 'identity' brief, students should select one of the following texts:

Gauntlett, D., 2008. Media, Gender and Identity: an Introduction. London: Routledge.
Hirsch, A., 2018. Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging. London: Jonathan Cape.
Johannson, T., 2007. The Transformation of Sexuality: Gender and Identity in Contemporary Youth Culture. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Jones, C., 2016. CHAV: The Demonisation of the Working Class. London: Verso Books.
Young, R., 2003. Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Employability awareness will be enhanced through the development of skills on the Access Programme. The holistic nature of the skills included in the programme design will enhance students' readiness to develop both graduate attributes and the social and cultural capital that will enable them to make the most of their undergraduate studies. Those with alternative exit routes will be able to draw on the skills inculcated in the Access Programme for future employment or study.
KeywordsArt and Design,Intermedia Art,Painting,Photography,Sculpture,Fine Art,Animation,Fashion
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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