Undergraduate Course: Illustration 1A: Introduction to Illustration 1 (DESI08065)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Through a series of set projects students will explore the methods and processes of Illustration in the visual interpretation of ideas, texts and themes. Illustrations will be made as self-contained images as an element within design for the page and digital contexts.
Students will learn to generate and use ideas, research methodologies and processes which allow them to explore appropriate design solutions in response to a variety of Illustration briefs.
This course introduces students to a range of design research practices and processes through a series of projects enabling the development of fundamental creative and technical skills. Students are encouraged to develop a personal direction through making, evaluating, presenting and reflecting.
Students will be introduced to basic research methodologies which will serve as the basis to develop ambitious projects, as well as a fundamental understanding of the complexity of Illustration as an academic discipline. Students are expected to document all directed and independent study in the form of sketchbooks.
This course is taught through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops carried out by various members of academic staff with the aim to deliver core skills of illustration, such as observational drawing, imaginative drawing, pictorial and textual origination of stories, character development, storyboarding, sequential narrative, elementary printmaking, visual interpretation of literature, colour and composition, an introduction to layout and digital applications.
Through experimentation with concepts and materials students are encouraged to challenge their existing knowledge of image-making and to take risks with regards to the outcomes of their projects.
Drawing from observation is a core activity of this course. There will be a series of organized drawing trips and visits to exhibitions and students are also expected to carry out and document their own independent research within the broader field of art and design, for example by visiting cultural institutions and events and by reading relevant journals.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| If this course is Core to your programme, you will automatically be enrolled. This course is only open to students on the Illustration program, unless there is prior agreement
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 5,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20,
External Visit Hours 3,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Final summative assessment is an annotated pdf portfolio containing 3 assessed elements. The portfolio is submitted at the end of the course and is worth 100% of the overall final course grade and documents the following:
1. Preliminary Sketchbook work (33.3%)
Worksheets or sketchbooks which show evidence and documentation of research themes, demonstrates evaluation and critical analysis of findings and illustrates the students approach to the design process.
2. Materials and Process (33.3%)
Worksheets or Sketchbooks which show evidence and documentation of hands-on experimentation with materials and processes. This includes a broad range of approaches to drawing, printmaking exercises, bookmaking, mock-ups and evidence of digital image-making and layout.
3. Final resolved Pieces (33%)
Resolved pieces as a result of the preliminary sketchbook process.
Mid-way through the course students will submit a pdf of preliminary and resolved work to date. Students will receive verbal feedback as well as indicative grades (in writing) for each of the 3 learning outcomes.
Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
All 3 learning outcomes are equally weighted and assessed in relation to the summative portfolio submission described above as follows.
Preliminary Sketchbook work is used to assess Learning Outcome 1
Materials and Process is used to assess Learning Outcome 2
Final resolved Pieces is used to assess Learning Outcome 3
||Formative verbal feedback will be given regularly throughout the course through tutorials and peer review through small group discussions.
Formative verbal feedback will be given in week 5 - 6 examining all preliminary and resolved work to date through a verbal and hardcopy presentation. Indicative grades will follow in writing within a week after the presentation.
Summative written feedback and grades will be given at the end of the course.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Investigate key research themes and develop a range of ideas as a basis for creative responses to Illustration briefs, showing contextual awareness.
- Demonstrate a range of fundamental practical Illustration skills through a broad range of experimentation with materials and processes.
- Evaluate a body of research work and select suitable concepts for realization in an appropriate form.
|L. Zeegen & L. Fenton, THE FUNDAMENTALS OF ILLUSTRATION, 2012, AVA Publishing|
L. Zeegen, FIFTY YEARS OF ILLUSTRATION, 2014, Laurence King
Q. Blake THE MAGIC PENCIL, 2002, British Library Publishing Division
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Research and enquiry:
Knowledge of a basic range of research methodologies
Visual interpretation and communication skills through drawing practice
Develop creative responses to briefs
Communicate verbally through presentations and the explanation of ideas
Communicate in written form, both formally and through sketchbooks
Have interpersonal skills which allow peer review that is sensitive and useful
Being able to place themselves within the discipline through knowledge of it
Personal and intellectual autonomy:
Develop a personal language through the cultivation of themes of interest
Ability to make confident creative decisions and statements
The ability to plan, organize and manage their time
|Keywords||Drawing,Visual narrative,Text and Image,Graphic Arts
|Course organiser||Ms Astrid Jaekel
Tel: (0131 6)51 5732
|Course secretary||Mr Hugh Black
Tel: (0131 6)51 5926