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Undergraduate Course: New Medallists: Bronze Art Medals (DESI08111)

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 practical course encompasses both specialist skills and techniques from the Jewellery and Silversmithing industry in casting and modelling. The course will also integrate design research and thinking alongside experience of working to professional competition briefs set by external organisations, agencies and companies.

This course New Medallists: Bronze Art Medals (BAM) provides students with an introduction to small scale studio bronze casting and working with narrative design in the execution of a piece of contemporary hand-held sculptural metalwork to be designed as a medal.

During this project students will learn carving and modelling techniques. Students will also be introduced to different methods of casting metal from small-scale studios to larger foundries.
Course description Through this course students will explore how the process of design and making can translate narratives, themes and messages into 3 dimensions carvings and models for a small two-sided medal.

Students will be taught how to design, model, mould, cast and finish a medal in bronze that would be eligible for the annual national British Art Medal Society competition.

The course syllabus includes:
1) A lecture and briefing about art medals, the potential wider competition brief;
2) A practical introduction to carving and modelling techniques in wax and other materials like clay and plaster;
3) An introduction to casting techniques with metal (sand casting to direct burn out and lost wax casting);
4) An introduction to rubber or silicon mould making (to allow for multiples to be made from an original);
6) An introduction to the theory of the patination and colouring of bronzes

Design consideration will be fostered in relation to the:
1) Means of construction/modelling;
2) Use of edge to incorporate text, imagery or pattern;
3) Development of a theme between the two sides of the medal, to symbolise a theme;
4) Imaginative dialogue between all surfaces;
5) Innovation of the medium;
6) Plane and perspective;
7) Expression of an abstract idea.

All elements of this course including the practical ones are designed to be achieved with or without access to the workshop and studio environment depending on the student's location to meet the Learning Outcomes.
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 Approximately £50 to cover bronze casting foundry charge and studio materials.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 28, External Visit Hours 3, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, 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 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% course work

Students will submit the following:
1. Research work and design drawing in a dedicated A3 sketchbook which includes reflective notes from study visits and lectures.
2. Preliminary models, test pieces and exercises that document technical development
3. A final realized piece of work (the bronze medal)

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
Components of assessment 1,2,3 link directly to Learning Outcomes 1,2,3 ( 1:1, 2:2, 3:3) and are equally weighted
Feedback 1. Group presentations and crits for verbal feedback from peers and staff;
2. documentation of individual feedback via VLE;
3. tutorials for discussion of feedback

Formative Mid course/ mid semester verbal feedback
Summative assessment of work at the end of the semester with written feedback
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Respond to a competition brief to formulate appropriate ideas and approaches through design research and investigation to theme of medal design.
  2. Evidence a transparent iterative process of material research and design development relating to the design for a small scale sculptural design that communicates its idea or purpose effectively.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to select themes and directions appropriate to lines of enquiry that lead to 2D designs and a resolved 3D final medal design.
Reading List
McCreight, T. Complete Metalsmith : an illustrated handbook. Davis Publications (1982)
Untracht, Oppi, Jewelry Concepts and Technology, Doubleday (1985)
Codina, C. Jewellery and silversmithing techniques. London : A & C Black, (2002)
Brepohl, E. Theory & practice of goldsmithing, Portland, Maine : Brynmorgen Press, (2001)
Jones, M Art of the Medal, (1979)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Design skills (Studio and Research)
Technical skills (Carving and modelling and mould making in studio)
Competitive Design (studio)
Professional communication of design ideas (Reviews in studio and to professional external agents)
Working to deadlines
Working with external companies
Course organiserDr Maria MacLennan
Course secretaryMiss Emili Astrom
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