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Undergraduate Course: Drawing for Design Practice 2 (DESI08109)

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
SummaryThis course allows you to develop both your hand/eye co-ordination through various drawing exercises and introduces methods for translation of 2D drawings into 3D models or a maquette that forms the basis for design development. Through a combination of research gathering visits to collections and studio- based assignments, you will build a personal portfolio demonstrating the necessary drawing skills and understanding of 3D visualisation.
Course description This course consists of a series of weekly set assignments that will give you the opportunity to explore and extend your drawing/visual research practice with an emphasis on further development of your own personal/creative voice. In parallel to experimenting and learning new drawing techniques, you will be introduced to methods of translating 2D into 3D model or maquette making.

Exploring and understanding material properties whilst being able to visualise your drawing research is key to the design process. This course will offer fundamental awareness of the design process alongside useful transferable skills.

The schedule will typically include:
1) Introductory illustrated presentation of contemporary designers and their individual approaches to drawing and designing.
2) Organized visits to local research collections.
3) Drawing methods including material explorations.
4) Model/Maquette making.
5) Group presentation of project work.

You are asked to work in sketchbooks, on loose sheet paper, make 3D models, present written notes from the illustrated lectures and prepare and present your project to your peer group for the summative assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is open to ALL STUDENTS and enrolments are managed on a first come first served basis until the course is full. The course will be open to enrolments from Wednesday 11th September at 11.00 am. Please sign up for the course through your own School (they will advise if this is done via your PT, SSO or Teaching Office). We do not currently keep a waiting list.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  26
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 28, Fieldwork Hours 6, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 155 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course has 3 assessment components:

- Reflective verbal presentation showing work in progress (5 minutes per student), 40%, due week 8.

- A digital portfolio of selected visual/theoretical research, design development and resolved work (20-25 pages), 50%, due week 12.

- Video recording of sketchbook and physical portfolio ¿ verbally reflecting on learning experience (5 minutes length), 10%, due week 12. Each assessment component is assessed against all 3 Learning Outcomes.
Feedback Formative feedback: Students receive verbal feedback from staff and student peers on a weekly basis in-class.

Summative Feedback: Written feedback and grades will be provided as per University regulations.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an ability to investigate a breadth of visual material using a broad range of drawing methods.
  2. Critically evaluate a range of considered approaches to design selection and translation from 2D into 3D maquette.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to select and communicate research themes and your personal direction.
Reading List
Cane, K. (2019) Making and drawing. London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts.

Maslen, M. and Southern, J. (2015) Drawing projects: An exploration of the language of drawing. London: Black Dog Publishing.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry:

Analytical drawing skills: - Ability to develop hand eye co-ordination through a variety of drawing methods and mediums used to inform future design decisions

Personal and intellectual autonomy: - Critical and reflective analysis- the ability to develop the generated visual research through many iterations in 2D and 3D. The ability to critically evaluate learning experience through a written reflections and verbal presentations

Personal effectiveness: - Manage research and design time effectively to achieve a varied body of work within the timelines set addressing the challenges of the project briefs.

Communication: - Effectively communicate the design process undertaken and the rationale for the teaching throughout the course through visual, verbal and written methods used within the discipline in professional contexts.
Additional Class Delivery Information Seminar/Tutorial Hours: 4
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours: 28
Fieldwork Hours: 6
Feedback/Feedforward Hours: 1
Formative Assessment Hours: 1
Summative Assessment Hours: 1
Programme-Level Learning and Teaching Hours: 4
Self-directed teaching hours: 155
KeywordsDrawing,composition,materials,construction,hand eye co-ordination,colour,form,texture
Course organiserMs Heather Woof
Tel: (0131 6)51 5807
Course secretaryMiss Linsey McEwan
Tel: (01316) 515448
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