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Undergraduate Course: Design Research 4 (20-credit option - Illustration) (DESI10017)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryResearch forms the foundation of creative practice, underpinning applied projects and establishing personal approaches. Students will undertake an extended body of playful, explorative and investigative research, exploring a wide range of research methodologies, whilst establishing personal directions. Students will critically reflect on findings and explore ways to organise, curate and communicate research into an extended research narrative.
The course is closely aligned to Design & Screen Cultures 4 (Extended), Illustration 4A: Studio and Illustration 4C: Exposition and will be delivered through a series of workshops, seminars and tutorials.
Course description In this course students will use playful and inventive approaches to build on existing fundamental research methodologies such as drawing, process exploration and contextual referencing.
As they plan and undertake extended projects, students will carefully map out activities which drive forward projects, establishing personal approaches both relating to and beyond the field of illustration. Projects may be research-led and open, allowing discoveries to dictate outcomes. Other research may be specific and directed, informing applied work.
As the course progresses students will critically reflect on findings, drawing connections, evaluating sources and refining their research plan in response to materials examined. As students explore the different ways research can impact their creative practice, they will also develop confidence in their own creative voice.
Finally, students will consider personal and appropriate ways to collate and curate research which describes the research journey and how it feeds an applied practice.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs course materials and study trips
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  1
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, External Visit Hours 3, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Portfolio

At the end of the course, students will present a collated and curated body of research materials along with a 400-word supporting statement. Three Learning Outcomes will be equally weighted.
Feedback Formative assessment will take place at the end of semester 1:
Students will present a collated body of research materials based on a personal study plan and a 300-word reflective supporting statement.

Formative feedback will be given in the form of grades and written feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. INVESTIGATE: plan and develop a varied and sustained range of methods which investigate personal research themes
  2. NOTATE: critically analyse research materials, mapping connections and applying materials to broader Illustration practice
  3. PRESENT: collate and curate a body of research material, communicating a clear personal narrative
Reading List
Gannon, R. & Fauchon, M. (2021) Illustration research methods / Rachel Gannon and Mireille Fauchon. London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts.

Judkins, R. (2015) The art of creative thinking / Rod Judkins. London: Sceptre.

Heller, S. & Anderson, G. (2018) The illustration idea book : inspiration from 50 masters / Steven Heller and Gail Anderson. London: Laurence King Publishing.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMs Lucy Roscoe
Tel: (0131 6)51 5732
Course secretaryMiss Linsey McEwan
Tel: (01316) 515448
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