Undergraduate Course: Graphic Design Agency Intern (DESI08100)
|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||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is intended for first year students who will work as interns with peers across different year groups and work collectively towards a common objective regardless of experience. They will have the ability to apply to an established in-house student graphic design agency. These agencies, mentored by industry professionals will respond to briefs and self-initiated projects. Students will also be guided through the principles and practice behind the world of the graphic design agency. The student agencies experience work-like scenarios within the safety of the academic environment, developing rounded, real world skill sets, such as design thinking, risk-taking, selling, presenting, delegating and networking.
This course asks the question 'What is a graphic design agency?' Through practical projects and collaboration with peers in senior years, students will begin to understand the guiding principles and practice of a commercial design agency. Through the production of a reflective journal students will learn to disseminate their ideas and make initial decisions about their practice, context and career path.
On this course students will be expected to gain a broad knowledge of the discipline and implement basic skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with the subject. They will discover that innovation can occur through collaborations, connections and relationships with others. Students will take account of their own and others roles and responsibilities in carrying out tasks and will learn new methods of working - relevant to whatever field they subsequently choose. Essentially, students undertaking the course gain valuable employability attributes and essential personal, professional and transferable skills.
This Course will comprise multiple tasks and projects. The indicative course structure is outlined on LEARN.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
Graphic Design Agency Junior (DESI08099)
||Other requirements|| If this course is Core to your programme, you will automatically be enrolled. For all other students, including Design students, the course is open on a first come, first served basis until the course is full. This course may have limited availability for non-Design students. Please contact the Course Organiser if you wish to enrol.
It is recommended students undertaking DESI08100 do not take DESI08099 beforehand. The recommended order of these courses is DESI08100 followed by DESI08099 in the next academic year.
|Additional Costs|| Approx £30. Minimal costs related to visits plus materials students may wish to purchase to facilitate their practice such as printing, paper, props etc.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||This Course is only open to students with an Art /Design background.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 1,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 24,
External Visit Hours 1,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 6,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Other Study Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
2 hours - other study
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
At the end of the Course the students will submit the following:
Submit completed journal which records and reflects upon your day to day experience and understanding of design agency.¿
Submit work in progress through the reflective journal which records your day to day experience and understanding of design agency.¿
Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
Reflective Journal (100%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, and 3
Mid-way through the Course students will be given verbal feedback.
At the end of the Course students will be given written feedback plus summative grades within 15 days.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of classic design agency structures and methods of working.
- Reflect upon their role as an intern within a group context.
- Communicate a personal direction and career plan to an audience.
|Shaughnessy, A. How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul|
Taylor, F. How to Create a Portfolio & Get Hired: A Guide for Graphic Designers and Illustrators
Cottrell, S. Skills for Success
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Accountability work with others in support of current professional practice under guidance.
Personal Effectiveness be open, curious and have a desire to meet new challenges.
Exercise initiative and independence in carrying out defined activities.
|Keywords||Graphic Design,Teamwork,Agency,Commercial,Projects,Peer Learning,Professional Skills,Interns
|Course organiser||Ms Zoe Patterson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5720
|Course secretary||Mr Hugh Black
Tel: (0131 6)51 5926