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Undergraduate Course: Intaglio Printmaking: contemporary approaches (LLLA07259)

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
SummaryStudents will explore the creative potential of contemporary intaglio techniques such as photo etching, and re-examine traditional methods.
Course description Academic Description: Printmaking today pushes boundaries and has become central to many artists' activity. Students will explore the creative potential of contemporary intaglio techniques such as photo etching, and re-examine traditional methods.

In this course, students will be encouraged to experiment, using and combining a range of multiple plate colour etching, photo etching, chine collé and aquatint to develop their own coherent themes and imagery.

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.

Students will be encouraged to experiment and develop a personal response to the medium, exploiting the creative and innovative possibilities this technique has to offer. Students will explore the possibilities of this historic technique, and also examine how their work addresses more contemporary printmaking concerns. Over the class sessions the course will cover:

The principles of multiple plate colour etching.
Advanced methods for creating tonal structures through the use of acrylic spray aquatint and stop-out resist.
The use of photoresist to create tonal images.
Combining photoresist and acrylic resist methods within a multiple plate etching.
Experimenting with printing methods.
Printing a la poupeé.
Resolve work.

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 Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:
Access to intaglio printmaking workshop, tools and presses.

Materials and equipment available for purchase during the course:
(Estimated cost: £10 - £40 depending on usage)
Zinc Etching Plates, cut to individual required dimensions.
Proofing paper and newsprint
Fine Printing papers

Essentials Materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves (Estimated cost: £15 - £30 depending on usage):
Pair of inexpensive rubber gloves
Apron or old shirt to protect clothes
Sheet of Southbank Coarse paper
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: 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 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 and ideas (33.3%): Demonstrate the ability to develop personal ideas, explore sustained themes, generating ideas suitable for printmaking, supported by a range of practical research and contextual references.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%): Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of employing an appropriate range of intaglio printmaking processes, methods, techniques and skills to develop a theme or line of enquiry.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%): Evidence an appropriate judgement to document, select, edit and present a body coherent body of intaglio prints.
Reading List
d'Arcy Hughes, A., and Vernon-Morris, H., 2008. Printmaking: Traditional and Contemporary Techniques. Roto Vision
Grabowski, B., 2009. Printmaking: a complete guide to materials and processes. London: Laurence King
Adam, R. and Robertson, C., 2007. Intaglio: The Complete Safety-First System for Creative Printmaking: Acrylic-Resist Etching, Collagraphy, Engraving, Drypoint, Mezzotint. London: Thames and Hudson
Graver, M., 2011. Non Toxic Printmaking. London: AC Black
Edinburgh Printmakers, 2007. Edinburgh Printmakers, 40 Years of Original Prints. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Printmakers
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge of and ability to use printmaking techniques effectively.
Skills in designing ideas for print.
Understanding of editioning prints.
Ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of printmaking within contemporary visual culture.
Keywordscontemporary,intaglio,techniques,printmaking,photo etching,traditional methods
Course organiserMr Robbie Bushe
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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