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Undergraduate Course: Drawing for Design Practice 1: Drawing for designing and making (DESI08110)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces drawing as a navigational tool to develop your hand/eye co-ordination. This will be achieved through various practice led set drawing exercises and visual research methodologies.
The aim of this course is to develop drawing skills that will support designing and making. Design innovation is fuelled by a curiosity of the visual world and this course will embed an understanding of how visual research underpins design.

Through a combination of studio based assignments and location drawing visits you will cover a wide spectrum of different ways of observing and recording visual information within a range of media and applications.
Course description This course 'Drawing for Design Practice 1: Drawing for designing and making' is a series of weekly set projects that introduce a variety of media and techniques for analysing and capturing visual data especially pertinent to applied artists.

The typical schedule will include:
1) Studio still- life set ups
2) Life models
3) Mono printing
4) Stencil work
5) Wire modelling
6) Timed drawing projects
7) Organized visits to locations within Edinburgh and Glasgow
8) Organized visits to specialist drawing collection archives in Edinburgh
9) Visits to exhibitions

You are asked to work in sketchbooks, loose sheet paper and also written evaluation collating this work week-on-week for a formative and summative assessment. For the both assessments you are asked to select and present work both in written and visual format.

To develop this research further and help you to comprehend different drawing methods and practices. You will be asked in your self-managed time to visit museums and galleries as well as other sources to investigate other artists and designers. This may link to other studio projects, but should be recorded in no smaller than an A4 sketchbook format with reflective comments and analysis. You will be asked to present your documented work and reflective analysis of a selected artist or genre from this research for assessment.
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 Approximate costs for paper, sketch books and drawing materials £30
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  26
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There will be both Formative assessments and Summative assessments of 100% course work

Formative assessment:
Submission 1 : mid semester review week 5 or 6.

Summative Assessment:
Submission 2: end of semester.

100% course work
Students will submit the following:

Learning outcomes and the following submissions will have equal weighting
1. Drawing sketchbooks, collated visual and written research/evaluation from exhibition and
gallery visits
2. A portfolio of sheet 2D and 3D work from the set drawing classes
3. Eight selected and mounted sheets
Summative assessment: All components for assessment are to be handed in together.

Components of assessment 1,2,3 link directly to LOs 1,2,3 ( 1:1, 2:2, 3:3) Equally Weighted.
Feedback Submission 1 : mid semester review week 5.
You will be asked to present your work in progress from weeks 1-5 in group for feedback and feed-forward.

Formative feedback will be provided in writing in relation to all learning outcomes.
Summative feedback will be provided in writing and verbally through individual tutorials.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Investigate, gather and collate research themes through a range of approaches to design drawing and making.
  2. Show the process of design development within and between chosen themes, translating from 2D to 3D formats.
  3. Evaluate and select for a portfolio of work which professionally presents emerging personal research themes.
Reading List
Cane, K. Making and Drawing. A&C Black Visual Arts (2012)
Drawing Projects an exploration of the language of drawing. Mick Maslen & Jack Southern. Black Dog publishing.
Simblet, S. The Drawing Book. London, DK (2005)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Drawing skills;
Developing hand eye co-ordination;
Critical and reflective analysis;
Awareness of wider shared ethos of art and design.
KeywordsDrawing,composition,hand eye co-ordination,colour,form,texture
Course organiserMs Susan Cross
Tel: 0131 221 6238
Course secretaryMiss Emili Astrom
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