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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Art and Design Practice (LLLA07198)

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
SummaryPractical projects exploring a range of mediums will support the development of research skills, encouraging an investigatory approach to learning.
Course description Academic Description: A series of practical projects will encourage students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the elements in art and design. Throughout the course they will engage with different approaches to creative research and learn how to present both visual and written evidence in a sketchbook journal. Students will be supported in developing their ability to express and justify their ideas through the integration of Art and Design contextual references.

Outline Of Content:
Approaches to drawing; working from direct observation, memory, intuition and the imagination
How to use a sketchbook journal as to document written and visual evidence and as an aid to support learning.
Developing an art and design literacy skills set; continuing to build a knowledge and understanding for a visual language, employing art and design terminologies as and when appropriate.
Developing skills in verbal and in writing annotations in support of reflective critical evaluation.
Developing knowledge and skills working with a range of materials and techniques through the media of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and design
An understanding of the process of learning through experimentation, working with dry, wet and mixed media combinations
An Introduction to contextual research for art and design looking at contemporary and historical references through workshops and seminars.
Digital photography as recording means to support learning and as a creative medium.

Students will be encouraged to expand and develop their personal ideas through directed and independent study in their own time between classes.

Field Trips and research trips to galleries and museums (where possible), to experience looking, learning and working from primary source material.

The Learning Experience: The teaching will 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 or designers and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness of the sculpted figure in visual culture. Students will be expected to demonstrate how the research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks or visual journals 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 Students must meet International Foundation Programme┬┐s academic and English Language entry requirements
Additional Costs In addition to the learning and teaching resources and content, this fee also includes access to:

Cutting mats
Printing inks and rollers
Over head projector

In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of i tools, materials and equipment. There will be some ongoing expenses as the course progresses, particularly paper and other consumable materials, students will be given up to date instructions on week by week basis.

Sketchbook A3* (recommend a soft back book with medium/ heavy weight white cartridge paper available from a good art shop)
Smaller sketchbook or note book to carry with you eg A4 OR A5
A digital camera / phone camera
To begin, 3 sheets of medium weight drawing cartridge paper (size A1)
2 sheets tracing paper (A1)
Charcoal (both willow and compressed) (3 sticks willow and 1 compressed to begin)
Range of Graphite Pencils, B / 2B / 4B / H (suggest 3 pencils to begin)
A good rubber, plastic or putty
1 roll good masking tape
Craft knife with retractable blade
Range of pens and markers, felt tips, for drawing and also to make notes
Coloured pencils or small set of oil pastels
Overall or old shirt
White chalk
White Oil pastel
Black Quink Ink
Glue stick
Basic range of colours in a range water based paints such as watercolour, acrylic or gouache eg: Burnt Umber, Black, cadmium Yellow, Cyan Blue, Ultramarine, Magenta Pink, Cadmium Red, White
Two or three brushes of different sizes (soft 'sable type' brushes or acrylic equivalent)
Pair of household scissors
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  27
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 39, Fieldwork Hours 3, External Visit Hours 3, Online Activities 20, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 27 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment: 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 verbal 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 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 an overall combined mark of 40%.
Feedback Formative Assessment: 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 Assessment: 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 & Ideas (33%): Evidence and record observations, ideas, experiences and insights in a variety of ways through the use of the sketchbook.
  2. Practice, Skills & Techniques (33%): Demonstrate a practical knowledge in working with a range of media, techniques and resources and through experimentation recognise the qualities of materials to further develop creativity.
  3. Selection, Presentation & Reflection (33%): Demonstrate appropriate judgement in selecting, editing and presenting a body of work comprising research, investigational and experimental studies.
Learning Resources
Suggested Reading:
MASLEN, M., 2011, Drawing Project: an exploration of the language of drawing, London: Black Dog Publishing
Brocklehurst, H. & Watson, K., 2015, The Printmaker's Art. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland
BAYRLE, B., 2002, Vitamin P: new perspectives in painting: Tomma Abts, Franz Ackermann, Nader Ahriman, London; New York: Phaidon Press
2014, The Art Book: London: Phaidon Press

Web Sources: N.p., 2016. Web.
Design Museum. N.p., 2016. Web
Victoria and Albert Museum. N.p., 2016. Web
Scotland, National. N.p., 2016. Web
National Museum of Scotland". National Museums Scotland. N.p., 2016. Web
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The ability to use a sketchbook to document written and visual evidence and as an aid to support learning.
The ability to explore visual ideas through drawing and material experimentation.
The ability to communicate both verbally and in the written word using visual language and specialist terminologies in art and design.
The ability to research independently and make judgements on the selecting, editing and documentation of their work showing an insight into critical context and reflective practice.
KeywordsSketchbook,Visual Research,Experiment,Drawing,Art and Design
Course organiserMr Robbie Bushe
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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