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Undergraduate Course: Adventures in Drawing (ARTX08088)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to equip students with various conceptual and technical approaches to drawing. This will be done through short, studio based projects and workshops that will have an emphasis on aspects of observation, translation, action, imagination and resolution.
Course description Over the course of history, drawing has played a major part in how humans have recorded, imagined and shaped the world.
In the 21st century practitioners across all disciplines use drawing as a tool to communicate ideas, generate designs, visualise complex thoughts, compose musical scores, record choreography, outline narratives for film and video games through storyboarding, illustrate instructions and map all aspects of the world and beyond. Its significance as a space to dream, imagine and reflect on our place in the contemporary world, and as a method of creating new forms and ways of thinking cannot be underestimated.

This course aims to embed the act of drawing into everyday practice as a means to generate and record ideas.
Students will be exposed to a wide variety of drawing processes and strategies through hands-on activities, workshops and lectures.
Students will work individually and as part of a group on fast-paced projects that will result in physical work at the end of each session in response to the themes of; Observation, translation, action, imagination and resolution.
The course will begin with a content outline and an overview of drawing from multiple standpoints. This will be followed by 2-week projects based on the themes outlined below;
OBSERVATION will involve students working directly from sources to recognise and translate objects, scenarios and phenomena using various drawing processes.
TRANSLATION will examine the use of materials and what effect the selection of materials has on both the making and resolution of drawings.
ACTION. Students will generate drawings through gesture, movement, and the use of objects and time.
IMAGINATION. Using simple prompts exchanged between themselves, students will employ drawing as a tool to visualise imagined realities.
RESOLUTION. In the final section students will be asked to consider the various methods of drawing investigated so far in the course and develop and present a series of drawings that expands on an individual theme.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please note: this course is only available to students on a Fine Art, Intermedia, Painting, Photography or Sculpture degree programme
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 39, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment requirements:

A single PDF containing visual documentation of;

1. A sketchbook with personal responses and reflections on how practitioners have utilised drawing as a key activity ( LO 1)
2. A portfolio of drawings (LO 2).
3. A resolved series of drawings installed appropriately in a space (LO 3)

Feedback Verbal feedback will be given at a small group crit in week 6 and grades and written feedback given at the summative assessment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Evidence an understanding of the function of drawing in creative practice.
  2. Create a body of work by utilising a range of materials, processes and approaches in response to set themes.
  3. Produce a resolved series of work that evidences an individual approach to drawing.
Reading List
Vitamin D 3 . Phaidon Editors. ISBN. 9781838661694
Vitamin D2. Phaidon Editors. ISBN. 8601300390468
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to investigate through drawing, drawing skills, problem solving, working to deadlines, knowledge of processes, confidence in presenting and discussing work, knowledge of artists and practitioners with a strong drawing practice.
Course organiserMr John Brown
Tel: 0131 221 6063
Course secretaryMiss Hannah Morrison
Tel: (0131 6)51 5763
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