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Undergraduate Course: Design Research 4 (20-credit option - Graphic Design) (DESI10018)

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
SummaryThis course provides students with a variety of projects and criteria in order to consolidate their graphic design portfolio. Projects will differ in content, time frame, parameters, expectation, and skills required. As such, the course will allow students to navigate a path that adheres to their vision. Alongside some shorter live briefs there will be an extended period for self-generated independent project work.
Course description This course allows students to work on a range of practical projects with varying time frames throughout the academic year reflecting the process a graphic designer undertakes when faced with creative problems to solve. Students will undertake a deep exploration of themes related to each project undertaken. Its expected research will be analysed and questioned and communicated in a visual record throughout a project's lifespan.

The nature of the projects is wide-ranging and will change year upon year to keep abreast of contemporary themes, technology and trends. Typically these might be experimental, typographic, client-led live work and an extended period of self-generated independent project work.

Projects are devised to ensure that innovation and conceptual rigour are at the heart of the problem-solving process. Whilst maintaining and embracing experimentation and risk students are expected to produce highly resolved and detailed solutions which are communicated convincingly to a specified audience.

This Course will comprise multiple tasks and projects, leading to a final, summatively assessed submission of a body of work. The indicative structure of the course is outlined on Learn.
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:  3
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative Assessment
At the end of the Course you will submit the following:-

Body of research work related to 2 projects

Typically this will be documented daily in sketchbook/blog format. The final research however will be uploaded to LEARN and presented as a 3-5 minute long film per project.

2 completed project solutions presented in a pdf assessment document (5-10 pages per project).

Formative Assessment
For this course you will produce:

Body of research work related to 1 project. Typically this will be documented daily in sketchbook/blog format (15-20 pages per project).
1 completed project solution presented in an assessment document (3-5 pages per project).
Feedback Formative feedback/feedforward is provided at designated points during the course, and may take a variety of forms (e.g., written verbal) and be delivered through a variety of contexts (e.g., one-to-one meeting, small group crit, VLE posting).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Use a variety of methods to demonstrate a rigorous investigation of research themes.
  2. Initiate and develop original creative concepts demonstrating appropriate iteration.
  3. Resolve outcomes to a detailed professional graphic design standard.
Reading List
DESI10018 Design Research 4 (20 credit option) - Graphic Design
- Lupton, E. Design, Writing, Research: Writing on Graphic
Design. Phaidon (1999)
- Skolos, N & Wedell, T. Graphic Design Process: From
Problem to Solution. Laurence King (2012)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMs Zoe Patterson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5720
Course secretaryMr Paddy Marr
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