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Undergraduate Course: Building Stories: Narrating Histories of Design (DESI08014)

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 is an innovative introduction to design histories. You will encounter stories of many kinds about places, people, things, and buildings. In doing so, you will be introduced to some of the ways in which designers tell stories about themselves, and how people tell stories about them.
During this course, you will be required to construct such a story of your own, using, and being introduced to a variety of practical techniques, including visual communication, storytelling and creative writing.
For the final submission, you will reflect on this process of story construction through the production of a reflective portfolio.
Course description The lectures that form the spine of this course will introduce you to what used to be called 'periods' or 'styles' in design history, from the ancient world to today. However, in each case, these periods will be examined through the medium of stories, be it ancient myths, medieval chronicles, or renaissance plays and masques. Historical content is set against a strong practice element, in which you will experiment with myth making and storytelling as reflective and critical practices that not only describe the world, but, just like design itself, help invent and reinvent it.

In this course, you will encounter stories of many kinds - about places, people, things, and buildings that stretch back from the digital systems of the contemporary world to Industrial products, Renaissance objects, medieval furniture, and Roman architecture. You will construct such a story of your own; and will be introduced along the way to a variety of storytelling techniques, including visual communication and creative writing, as well as critical reflection.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Printing
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High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a discerning understanding of core theories, concepts, and terminologies associated with design history.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to communicate this understanding in a range of media, both visual and verbal to a range of audiences.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of creative and iterative research practices in the area of design.
Reading List
Eliska Fucikova (ed.) Rudolf II and Prague: the Court and the City Prague castle Administration, Thames and Hudson, Skira 1997 ISBN 0-500-23737-9

Graafland, Arie Versailles and the Mechanics of Power The Subjugation of Circe an Essay 010 publishers, Rotterdam 2003

Hamilton, Ian The Taking of the stone of destiny Lochar Publishing, Moffat 1991

Hollis, Edward The Memory Palace: A book of Lost Interiors Portobello Books 2013

Hollis, Edward The Secret Lives of Buildings: From the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in 13 Stories Portobello Books 2009

Purbrick, Louise (ed.) The Great Exhibition of 1851: new interdisciplinary essays Manchester University Press 2001

Ramirez, Juan Antonio Architecture for the Screen: a critical study of Set Design in Hollywood's Golden Age McFarland & Co. Inc, Jefferson, North Carolina, and London 2004

Wiseman T.P. Unwritten Rome University of Exeter Press 2008

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Generic cognitive skills: undertake critical analysis and synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues within the common understandings of design as a discipline.
Communication skills: Convey complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes
Autonomy, accountability, and working with others: exercise autonomy and initiative in some activities at a professional level in subject/discipline sector.
Course organiserMr Edward Hollis
Course secretaryMrs Gill Lowther
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