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Undergraduate Course: Fashion Illustration and Communication 1: Introducing the Fundamentals of Visual Communication for Fashion (DESI08066)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryStudents undertaking this course will develop key creative skills in visual communication for fashion, through sessions exploring creative drawing from a life model, and through studio based drawing workshops. The ability to understand and visually interpret silhouette, volume, materials and texture through drawing is a key element in enabling students to communicate and present their work to the fashion industry and a wider audience.
Course description The course is designed to introduce creative methods of fashion sketch and fashion illustration.
Students undertaking this course will develop key creative skills in Drawing for Fashion.

The ability to understand and interpret silhouette, construction, volume and texture through drawing is a key element in enabling students to communicate and present their work to the fashion industry and to a wider audience.

This project allows students to explore and develop their drawing skills through the following methods, drawing from a life model, drawing for fashion sketch, drawing for fashion illustration, exploration of materials and fashion accessories.

Experimenting with various drawing media and drawing techniques students will explore body proportions, poses and the interaction between clothing and the body.

Students will also undertake formative research into fashion illustration through historical and contemporary fashion analysis.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements If this course is Core to your programme, you will automatically be enrolled. For all other students, including Design students, the course is open on a first come, first served basis until the course is full. This course may have limited availability for non-Design students. Please contact the Course Organiser if you wish to enrol.
Additional Costs Basic costs of paper/sketchbooks/drawing materials estimated at £30-£40 per course students are asked to consider using recycled papers and materials to limit overall costs.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  21
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 24, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 14, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Formative verbal feedback will be given weekly on project work presented at one to one tutorials and within group workshops.

Summative grading constitutes a total submission of a professionally presented portfolio of fashion illustration and drawing work completed throughout the course, with comprehensive written feedback and grading issued. Research files and experimental development should also be submitted to support the submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Respond to the project brief through in-depth research exploring the work and methods of a breadth of fashion illustrators and designers.
  2. Experiment with fashion sketch and illustration using a variety of medium, exploring individual and highly creative drawing methods.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of professional selection and creative presentation methods in fashion drawing.
Reading List
100 years of fashion illustration / Cally Blackman. London : Laurence King, c2007
Fashion illustration by fashion designers / Laird Borrelli. London : Thames & Hudson, 2008.
Big book of fashion illustration / Martin Dawber. London : Batsford, 2007
Fashion illustration next / Laird Borrelli; London : Thames & Hudson, 2004.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Demonstrate strong and individual drawing and visual presentation skills and techniques.
The ability to be utilize experimental and creative approaches to fashion communication.
The ability to respond to project briefs through clear and independent approaches.
The ability to express ideas verbally in a confident, professional and engaging ways.
Course organiserMrs Katie Braid
Tel: (01316) 515674
Course secretaryDr Joanna Qiu
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