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Undergraduate Course: Jewellery and Silversmithing 1B: Living Objects: Concept and Narrative (DESI08144)

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 provides an introduction for year one entry-level students to practices associated with the designing and making of small-scale functional/non-functional objects. The students will be introduced to basic design and prototyping skills, utilising a range of materials, through critically underpinned, practice-led teaching.
Through weekly visual research/development workshops and engagement with local museums, galleries and stately homes, students will be able to develop creative approaches that enable them to design and make small-scale object-based outcomes.
Course description We will be examining the object as an intrinsic artefact of life and its changing role through the ages as part of the everyday. Considering objects in their historical context will be the starting point of considering form and function, if form follows function and whether function is an essential part of the lived object.
Students will be introduced to a wide range of creative research and development methods supporting them to create and consider functional and non-functional objects for various contexts. Students will participate in creative workshops, working individually and in groups in response to a series of project briefs centred around artefact narrative, concept, function and scale. This will be supported by contextual lectures, critical group discussions where they will consider objects in various situations from the domestic to the extraordinary.

Methods of research may include visual analysis, drawing, photography, model/prototype making, 2D/3D collage and material experimentation encouraging students to develop individual creative approaches to considering objects in and for various contexts.
The aim of this course is to support the students to develop a personal and dynamic process of designing and making, using various 2D and 3D methods to increase their understanding of the role objects play in our everyday lives and which factors inform a form and function.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 14, External Visit Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 0.5, Summative Assessment Hours 0.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework all LO¿s are equally weighted.
Components of assessment 1,2,3 link directly to Learning Outcomes 1,2,3 ( 1:1, 2:2, 3:3) all outcome equally weighted
Students will submit the following:
1. Documentation evidencing visual/material research and engagement with lectures, visits and workshop exercises (LO1)
2. Curated digital portfolio highlighting and reflecting on the key stages of personal experience in response to course briefs. PDF should be within 20 and 30 pages. (LO3)
3. 1000 word reflective statement (LO2)
Feedback Assessments will be 100% Coursework based
Formative: mid-semester assessment. Verbal Feedback will be provided within 15 working days.
Students will submit the following against learning Outcomes and will receive verbal on the spot feedback along with formative grades against the learning outcomes:
1. Documentation evidencing visual/material research and engagement with lectures, and workshop exercises completed so far on the course (LO1)
2. Digital portfolio of drawings and 3D models completed so far on the course (LO3)
3. 500 word reflective statement (LO2)

Summative: end-semester assessment. Written Feedback will be provided within 15 working days
1. Documentation evidencing visual/material research and engagement with lectures, visits and workshop exercises (LO1)
2. Curated digital portfolio highlighting and reflecting on the key stages of personal experience in response to course briefs. PDF should be within 20 and 30 pages. (LO3)
3. 1000 word reflective statement (LO2)
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Use a variety of creative methods to gather and generate research, in relation to the form and function of objects/artefacts
  2. Undertake a process of critical analysis to generate relevant and personal responses to project briefs
  3. Demonstrate a dynamic and personal approach to documenting and presenting concepts and narrative.
Reading List
- Cane, K. Making and Drawing. A&C Black Visual Arts (2012)
- Charny, Daniel: The Power of Making: The Importance of Being Skilled. V&A Publishing (2011)
- Dunne, Anthony. Raby, Fiona. Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming. The MIT Press (2014)
- Mick Maslen & Jack Southern, Drawing Projects ¿ an exploration of the language of drawing. Black Dog publishing.
- Miller, Daniel. Stuff, Polity Press (2009)
- Miller, Daniel. The Comfort of Things, Polity Press (2009)
- Miller, Daniel. Material Cultures Co-Publicati: Why Some Things Matter. Routledge (2004)
- Simblet, S. The Drawing Book. London, DK (2005) -
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills An awareness of health and safety practices in a workshop situation and studio environment
Understanding and application of visual research methods.
Understanding and application of visual research methods in the context of the discipline (primary and secondary)
Translating gathered visual research into finished three dimensional outcomes.
Self-organisation and time management (self-led projects and independent technical exploration)
Communication of ideation and critical reflection through sketchbooks and oral presentations in a group and individual context.
KeywordsObject,Form,Function,Materials,Design,Design Process,Development Process,Making,Studio,Pr
Course organiserDr Maria MacLennan
Course secretaryMiss Emili Astrom
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