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Undergraduate Course: Materials Reimagined (ARCH08058)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will investigate a range of core principles, concepts and defining features of the usage of internal construction materials. With a creative, practical and hands-on approach, students will explore materiality through processes of drawing and making. Through a series of group seminars and practical workshops, students will research, gather, draw, build and experiment with materials. The course will introduce a key theme or topic around which students will design, construct and then reimagine interior design details in a variety of materials, as part of a personal creative response to a set brief.
Course description This course will challenge students to think in a variety of ways about material specification, and also to develop critical insight into their own decision-making process and design work. Seminars, discussions and group work will focus on increasing the students understanding of why designers select particular interior construction materials, the perceived qualities of the former, and their appropriateness to project- and space-specific considerations of function and place.

The course will involve use of ECA's wood and metal (and/or other) workshops, in order to allow students to experiment in materiality through a hand-on approach, engaging with relevant materials in a live context, in order to develop new methods within and approaches to their individual design practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  18
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 14, Fieldwork Hours 2, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Formative feedback and Assessment:

Group presentations, tutorials and crits will include verbal feedback from peers and staff on a weekly basis.
Mid-semester, students will submit a self-evaluation form, and be given verbal formative feedback on their work to date.

Summative Feedback and Assessment:

At the end of the course students will submit a final edited portfolio of work and a self-evaluation form, and be given written feedback and grades on their work submitted.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Evaluate a body of research work and select and realise suitable project solutions through structured and transparent methodologies
  2. Show independent design initiative in developing an adventurous and coherent visual vocabulary in order to externalise design ideas.
  3. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of material selection and specification and basic principles of material assembly.
Reading List
Barthes, R. Mythologies. Vintage Classics. (2009)

Brown, R & Farrelly, L. Materials & Interior Design (Portfolio Skills). Laurence King. (2012)

Miodownik, M. Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape our Man-made World. Penguin. (2014)

Kula, D & Ternaux, E. Materiology. Frame Publishers. (2013)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Material Understanding, Making/Modelmaking, Communication, Construction, Workshop skills
KeywordsMateriality,Construction: Workshop,Experiment,Scale,Detail,Reimagine,Practice
Course organiserMs Gina Olsson
Course secretaryMr Brendan Sweeney
Tel: (0131 6)50 6329
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