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Undergraduate Course: Images and Ideas (LLLA07234)

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 will enable students to develop personal subjects or related themes by exploring compositions and visual ideas.
Course description This course will enable students to develop personal subjects or related themes by exploring compositions and visual ideas from drawing, painting, print, illustration of design outcomes. Students will undertake a range of focused drawing, painting and mixed media techniques to consider how they can inform and shape the content and mood of the finished work.

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:

- Using a sketchbook as a means of routine recording of observations, ideas and development through drawing, mixed media, collage and photography.
- Explore, appropriate and transcribe composition, colour, tone and technical approaches from a range of researched artists' work.
- Taking ideas for a visual walk through a series of drawing, painting and mixed media exercises.
- Developing a thematic approach to picture making
- Develop a personal project which interrogates themes and ideas as means to drive visual image making.
- Crate and present of portfolio of work as sustained exploration of personal enquiry
- Keep a log/blog during the period of the course to record learning, achievements and challenges.

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.
- Cutting matts
- Limited supply of collage materials and PVA
- mono-printing plates, black ink and rollers.

In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicate tools, materials and equipment:
- An A4 or A5 sketchbook (hardback book -not soft cover)
- a range of drawing materials - pencils, conté, charcoal, fibre pens, dip pens
- a starter set of acrylic paints (to include: red, blue, yellow, white, black
- a range of hog hair brushes
- a craft knife and scissors
- masking tape
- PVA glue, Pritt Stick
- cartridge paper
- any collected visual research - photographs, magazines, drawings, sketches and studies from previous classes or own work
- an assortment of collage material ¿ papers, fabrics, wrappings, newspapers, etc.
- one sided card a bottle of black drawing ink
- a digital camera
- further photocopying as required
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  12
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
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: Make visual enquiry through the use of the sketchbook demonstrate a range of strategies for recording and developing visual information.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques: Show an emerging individuality in exploring ideas, materials and processes to create a range of visual studies and resolved image-based artworks.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection: Evidence independent judgment in the research, selection and editing of visual images to reveal its value.
Reading List
Suggested Readings
MORSE, J. D., 1972, Ben Shahn, London: Secker and Warburg
HAMILTON, J., O'DONOGHUE, H. 2003, Hughie O'Donoghue Merrell Publishers Ltd
BOYD, A., 1969, Retrospective exhibition of paintings, drawings and other work by Arthur Boyd, Edinburgh: Demarco Gallery
TAPIES, A., Ta'pies, Antoni, 1923-1972, London: Thames & Hudson, [text by] Vera Linhartova; [translated from the French by Anne Engel]
KIEFER, A., 2008, Buecher : anlaesslich der Ausstellung "Anselm Kiefer. Buecher", 18. Oktober-29. November 2008, Ausstellungsraum Celine und Heiner Bastian, Berlin-Mitte] / [Herausgeber: Heiner Bastian, Munchen.
Jenkins, D., 2003, John Piper in the Thirties: Abstraction on the Beach, London: Merrell
WEIGHT, C., 1982, Carel Weight RA, a retrospective exhibition, London: Royal Academy of Arts (Great Britain)
IKEGAMI, H., 1973-2010, Great migrator : Robert Rauschenberg and the global rise of American art, Cambridge, Mass; London: MIT Press
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The ability to employ the use of the sketchbook to explore and develop lines of visual enquiry.
The ability to explore visual ideas through various practical drawing and painting techniques, methods and approaches.
The ability to make independent judgments on the selecting, editing and documentation of their work, showing an insight into critical context and reflective practice.
3.3 Reading List
KeywordsImage making,ideas,sketchbook,mixed media,narrative,illustration,drawing,painting
Course organiserMr Robbie Bushe
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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