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Undergraduate Course: Materials Reimagined (DESI08139)

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 course will investigate a range of core principles, concepts and defining features of the usage of internal construction materials. With a creative, practical and hands-on approach, students will explore materiality through processes of drawing and making. Through a series of group seminars and practical workshops, students will research, gather, draw, build and experiment with materials. The course will introduce a key theme or topic around which students will design, construct and then reimagine interior design details in a variety of materials, as part of a personal creative response to a set brief.
Course description This course will challenge students to think in a variety of ways about material specification, and also to develop critical insight into their own decision-making process and design work. Seminars, discussions and group work will focus on increasing the students understanding of why designers select particular interior construction materials, the perceived qualities of the former, and their appropriateness to project- and space-specific considerations of function and place.

The course will involve use of ECA's wood and metal (and/or other) workshops, in order to allow students to experiment in materiality through a hand-on approach, engaging with relevant materials in a live context, in order to develop new methods within and approaches to their individual design practice.
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.
Additional Costs Sketchbooks, drawing materials and basic model making materials (cardboard, glue etc.) for early stage sketch and concept work. Material samples and real materials for use in workshop & making sessions and final scale models as required. General printing for interim and final submissions. Approx. £70 (note: this may not cover all students own generated printing/model making during design stage).
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Evaluate a body of research work and select and realise suitable project solutions through structured and transparent methodologies.
  2. Show independent design initiative in developing an adventurous and coherent visual vocabulary in order to externalise design ideas.
  3. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of material selection and specification and basic principles of material assembly.
Reading List
Barthes, R. Mythologies. Vintage Classics. (2009)

Brown, R & Farrelly, L. Materials & Interior Design (Portfolio Skills). Laurence King. (2012)

Miodownik, M. Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape our Man-made World. Penguin. (2014)

Kula, D & Ternaux, E. Materiology. Frame Publishers. (2013)

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Material Understanding, Making/Modelmaking, Communication, Construction, Workshop skills
KeywordsMateriality,Construction: Workshop,Experiment,Scale,Detail,Reimagine,Practice
Course organiserMs Gina Olsson
Course secretaryMs Georgia Dodsworth
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712
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