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Undergraduate Course: Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design (LLLA07199)

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 forms part of the International Foundation Programme offered by the College of Humanities and Social Science. Students who pass through an accumulation of credit will be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education. It is not designed to be taken as part of any undergraduate programme of study nor is it available to visiting students.

Students will develop an individual approach to analysis of artists and designers work through a series of practical investigations.
This course gives students the opportunity to practise and develop their research skills towards the development of their own personal ideas. You will learn how critical understanding of contemporary, historical and related contexts can inform and inspire creative works and be encouraged to generate and explore potential lines of enquiry using appropriate materials, techniques and processes. Through reflective practice students will be able to review work and its progress.

In preparation for this course students will need to carry out trips to museums and galleries (where possible), gathering relevant research in preparation to present a body of visual material, supported by and in agreement with the tutor.

Based on first-hand experiences, as a result from visiting galleries, museums, attending virtual experiences and attending seminars, students will identify a focus for a personal investigation.
Gathering, selecting and organising visual examples of key works from primary sources in a sketchbook.
Begin practical investigations using relevant media, techniques and processes.

Using analysis to explore images and artefacts; identifying the main features of the work, thinking about how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted, how they relate to the time and place in which they were made and to their social and cultural contexts.
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.
Using personal understanding to reflect upon the learning experience, using this to develop a growing knowledge and appreciation about a subject and to generate potential lines of enquiry.
Carrying out further investigations to make comparisons, in turn, developing a greater understanding for a subject.
Developing a knowledge for interrogating personal ideas and exploratory works through forming connections with a body of contextual research.

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, 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 Students must meet International Foundation Programme's academic and English Language entry requirements
Additional Costs Unless otherwise stated, all students on this short course pay a published course fee per enrolment.
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 tools, materials and equipment to enable them to complete the practical investigations. The following list details the materials that students will have been using in 'Introduction to Art and Design Practice', however students will be advised further on this depending on their ideas.

Sketchbook A3 (recommended: 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
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
A craft knife with retractable blade
A 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
A glue stick
A 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:  21
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 2
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
(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 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%) Demonstrate and employ a range of personal strategies for recording and developing visual ideas and concepts, integrated through contextual research.
  2. Practice, Skills & Techniques (33%) Demonstrate a practical knowledge for exploring a range of materials and techniques, integrated with an appropriate context, to explore a range of personal and visual ideas.
  3. Selection, Presentation & Reflection (33%) Demonstrate appropriate judgement in selecting, editing and presenting a coherent yet distinctively individual body of work comprising experimental, investigational artworks underpinned by personal research.
Learning Resources
Suggested Reading
Wilson, S.& Lack.J., 2008. The Tate Guide To Modern Art Terms. London: Tate Pub
Sturken, M. & Cartwright. L.2001. Practices Of Looking, An Introduction to Visual Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press
MacMillan, D., 2000. Scottish Art 1460-2000
Arnason H. H., 1969 A history of modern art : painting, sculpture, architecture. photography. London : Thames and Hudson

Journal and periodicals
Creative Review
Design Museum

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 the documentation of their work showing an insight into critical context and reflective practise
KeywordsContemporary,Historical,Sketchbook,Visual Research,Experiment,Drawing,Art and Design
Course organiserMr Robbie Bushe
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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