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Undergraduate Course: Fact and Fiction: reportage and creative narrative (DESI08124)

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
SummaryThrough a series of practical projects, workshops and lectures the role of the designer/artist is explored in terms of journalist and story teller. Students experiment with a range of art and design methods, including drawing, photography and graphic visualisation. In the first half of the course reportage illustration, narrative journalism, data collection and visualisation are introduced as methods to explore a specific subject. In the second half of the course different aspects of creative story telling and visual narrative are developed. You create a portfolio of work and blog that documents your learning for assessment.
Course description A specific theme is explored in the first half of the semester where you select a particular element of society to research and analyse. Using a range of research methods and design tools you explore and communicate the facts you have found. Specific workshops explore reportage illustration, graphic recording and data visualisation.

A resolved journalistic document is submitted at the midpoint of the semester.

The second half asks you to consider the function and context of fiction and in particular creative story telling. Narratives are developed that are inspired by the research into your facts. A range of methods of story telling are explored such as video, graphic novel, interactive or site specific storytelling. You define the parameters and ambition of your story reflecting the understanding of your medium and the context of your story.

Drawing or digital skills are not prerequisites of the course but an interest in story telling and documenting life will be of great value for the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs A range of art materials (Sketchbook, paper, drawing/painting equipment), digital printing and bus travel for fieldwork. About £40 in total.
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Collect a diverse range of data and develop relevant visual documentation.
  2. Demonstrate experimentation and fundamental understanding of a range of art and design techniques and materials.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and communication of creative visual narrative.
Reading List
Bruno, G., 2007. Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture and Film, First Paperback Edition edition. ed. Verso Books.
Gunn, W., 2009. Fieldnotes and sketchbooks: challenging the boundaries between descriptions and processes of describing. Peter Lang, Frankfurt.
Heller, S., 2014. Raw data: infographic designers¿ sketchbooks. Thames & Hudson, London.
Lima, M., 2014. The book of trees: visualizing branches of knowledge, First edition.. ed. Princeton Architectural Press, New York.
Rendgen, S., 2012. Information graphics. Taschen, Köln.
Sacco, J., 2003. Palestine, 1st ed. edition. ed. Jonathan Cape, London.
Ware, C., 2012. Building Stories. Jonathan Cape.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and Enquiry
¿ be able to identify, define and analyse problems and identify or create processes to solve them
¿ recognise the importance of reflecting on their learning experiences and be aware of their own learning style
Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
¿ be open to new ideas, methods and ways of thinking
¿ be creative and imaginative thinkers
¿ be intellectually curious and able to sustain intellectual interest
¿ be able to respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts

¿ make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding
¿ use communication as a tool for collaborating and relating to others
¿ further their own learning through effective use of the full range of communication approaches
Personal Effectiveness
¿ appreciate and use talents constructively
¿ be responsive to their changing surroundings, being both flexible and proactive
¿ have the confidence to make decisions based on their understandings and their personal and intellectual autonomy
¿ be able to work effectively with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
Course organiserMr Harvey Dingwall
Tel: (0131 6)51 5726
Course secretaryMiss Karolina Mazur
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712
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