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Undergraduate Course: Developing an Illustration Project (LLLA07031)

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 Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course is designed for students who wish to create an ambitious personal illustration project. Students can adapt a written a story or series of poems to develop these into an involved illustration project or a non-narrative series of images and ideas which can be visualized further into a series or a book. This course will provide the support for students to discuss and test out ideas using a range of traditional and non-traditional techniques, methods and concepts.
Course description Academic Description
This course is designed for students who wish to create an ambitious personal illustration project. Students can adapt a written story or series of poems to develop these into an involved illustration project or focus upon developing a non-narrative series of images and ideas, which can be visualized further into a series or a book. This course will provide the support for students to discuss and test out ideas using a range of traditional and non-traditional techniques, methods and concepts.

Outline of Content
The course teaching is typically delivered over weekly class sessions of around 3 hours each and totaling 30 hours. Alternatively, the course can be delivered more intensely or as a block if required.
Over the class sessions the course will cover:

- An overview of the course and a short illustration brief
- Drawing and sketchbooks
- Ideas - If you had to create your project in one evening
- Research methodologies and developing ideas
- Research for your project and character development
- Sequential imagery with a short book brief
- Development and planning - materials and process
- Development and planning - further exploration
- Individual work on final artworks - individual tutorials

The Learning Experience
The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, students' progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a 'directed study plan' which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.

Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness. Students are expected to demonstrate how their research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks, a visual digital journal and practical outcomes.
The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Unless otherwise stated, all students on this short course pay a published course fee per enrolment.

In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicate tools, materials and equipment:
(Estimated cost: £20 - £50 depending on usage)
- an A4-sized sketchbook
- 2B, 4B and 6B pencils
- a dipping pen and a drawing nib (mapping nib is ideal)
- black ink ( this can be Indian ink or acrylic ink)
- a selection of cheap watercolour brushes
- a few sheets of A2 or A1 heavy or light-weight cartridge paper according to student preference.
- a selection of drawing materials such as fine-liners, watercolours, acrylics or colour pencils depending on individual projects.
- craft knife, masking tape, putty rubber and a ruler.

Additional recommended materials and equipment students can provide:

- Digital camera
- Mount board for presentation
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  8
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment (required for all credit courses).
(Occurs in weeks 6 or 7 of the 10 week course)

A formative assessment session will occur in week 6 or 7 of the taught element of the course. Each student will undertake a 5 minute verbally presentation with their practical work in progress to other members of the class group followed by a 5 minute group critique supported by the course tutor. Each student will also electronically submit their work in progress digital journal to the course tutor.

Indicative and supportive feedback will be summarised in written form on the digital journal which will give an indication of what areas requires to be address in order to meet the published learning outcomes. This will comprise of short written summary of action points.

Summative Assessment
(Occurs at least 2 weeks after the last taught class)

Two weeks after the end of the class teaching, this course will be assessed by the submission of:

A digital journal documenting a summary of the learning journey as evidenced in the portfolio
(Indicate time spent: 20 hours)
This will include a summary of idea development, media exploration, contextual research, critical reflection and outcomes through notes, annotation, illustration and photography.

A portfolio of visual art/design works
(Indicate time spent: 80 hours)
This will include a selection of resolved design works, sketchbook works, preparatory studies, visual research and evidence of a contextual awareness.

The Digital Journal and Portfolio must be presented in a clear and professional manner appropriate to the discipline. The submission should include work undertaken within the class as well as directed and independent study out with the class.

The combined Digital Journal and Portfolio submission will be assessed against the three learning outcomes for this course. These are equally weighted (33.3% each) and each will be given a percentage grade. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 30% in each learning outcome and an overall combined mark of 40% minimum.
Feedback Formative Assessments
This will comprise of short written summary of action points of areas requiring addressing to meet the learning outcomes, but no indicative grades will be given.

Summative Assessments
On completion the assessment - each student will receive a % mark for each learning outcome along with written feedback putting in context the % mark and outlines areas for development.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, context and ideas: Demonstrate the ability to develop ideas from a personal or existing texts to create and extended a series of illustrations, supported by contextual research and references.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques: Show a confidence in using a range of established and experimental techniques to explore and inform visual ideas, developing a personal and visual language for a project.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection: Evidence appropriate judgement to document, select, edit and present a body of coherent works, expressing a concept or idea through a visual, illustrative form.
Reading List
BAINES, P., 2005. Penguin by design: a cover story, 1935-2005. London: Allen Lane.
HYLAND, A. and Bell, R., 2004. Hand to Eye. London: Laurence King Publishing.
BLAKE, Q., The British Library and Laing Art Gallery, 2002. Magic pencil: children's book illustration today. London: The British Council.
NEW, J., 2005. Drawing from life: the journal as art. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
BLAKE, Q., 2005. In all directions: Travel and Illustration, London: National Touring Exhibitions/Hayward Gallery
ZEEGEN, L., 2012. Fundamentals of Illustration. 2nd ed., Worthing: AVA Publishing.

Web sources
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Using drawing as a means of visual communication
Considering compositional devices for illustration
Ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of illustration within visual culture
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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