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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Illustration (LLLA07045)

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 introduces students on how to tell a story through images, exploring narrative illustration based on literary sources to investigate visual interpretation.
Course description Academic Description: This course introduces students on how to tell a story through images. Exploring narrative illustrations based on literary sources, to investigating visual interpretations of themes and texts through drawing and mixed media approaches. The course will enable students to be taken through a series of illustration briefs which explore the planning and development stages of illustration as well as the context. This will lead to student visual interpretation to a given or chosen text, a more ambitious outcome.

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:

What is Illustration?
Ideas 'Inner Animal' Brief
Observational drawing and sketch books - documentary illustration brief
What is research and how can students research?
Experimentation with materials and process - Packaging brief
Composition - Editorial brief
Text & Image - Book jacket brief
What is a brief? Planning personal projects.
Developing and resolving a personal project
Group critiques.

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, student 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 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 cartridge paper; according to your personal preference, you can buy heavy or light-weight cartridge paper.
Throughout the course you should have a selection of drawing materials available that you wish to work with, such as fine-liners, watercolours, acrylics or colour pencils.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  10
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment (required for all credit courses): 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: 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 (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 (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 (33.3%): Demonstrate the ability to develop ideas supported by a contextual awareness for historical and contemporary illustrations through employing a range of practical research approaches.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%): Show an enquiring approach to developing a personal visual language by exploring various processes and materials in creative responses to an illustration brief.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%): Evidence appropriate judgement to present a body of resolved work, demonstrating a range of ideas, storyboarding and its development.
Reading List
BAINES, P., 2005, Penguin by Design: a cover story, London: Penguin Books.
HYLAND, A. and Bell, R., 2003. Hand to Eye: a survey of contemporary illustration. London: Laurence King Publishing.
BLAKE, Q., 2002. Magic Pencil: children's book illustration today. London: The British Council; The British Library.
NEW, J., 2005. Drawing from life: the journal as art. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The ability to employ the use of the sketchbook, drawing, painting and mixed media techniques appropriately.
The ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of illustration within visual culture.
The ability to explore visual ideas story boarding for illustration.
The ability to make independent judgments on the selecting and editing to creating a series of illustrations.
Course organiser Jenny Deans
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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