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Undergraduate Course: Product Design: New Making (DESI10056)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course explores the emerging paradigm of craftspeople, makers, hackers and designers who use digital making and fabrication techniques to create, design and distribute their work.
Course description Through a series of talks, skill-based workshops and projects, the course will look at craft values and traditional making processes in the light of novel forms of engagement with materials, e.g. through digital making techniques and fabrication technologies. The course will expose students to contemporary debates that on the one hand promote innovative designs through parametric modeling and distributed digital production models, and on the other challenge the value of craft practice and production. Students will develop skills in the manipulation of digital forms through relevant software applications, conceptual understanding of current digital craft debates and the production of forms through advanced making and fabrication techniques. Following close guidance through skills exercises and workshops, students will develop personal responses to the themes within the talks and through the skills that they have learnt.

This course will:

1. Introduce students to contemporary debates surrounding the use of distributed and digital fabrication techniques that expand and challenge traditional models of craft, design and production.
2. Develop students' skills in manipulating digital resources through the use of relevant software.
3. Through practical explorations engage students in the development of designed artefacts or systems that explore a variety of making practices.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements If this course is Core to your programme, you will automatically be enrolled. For all other students, including Design students, the course is open on a first come, first served basis until the course is full. This course may have limited availability for non-Design students. Please contact the Course Organiser if you wish to enrol.
Additional Costs Research and material costs according to student designs.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesOnly available to visiting students in the Design School
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 18, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5.5, Formative Assessment Hours .5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students are expected to produce design responses informed through an iterative making and researching process that is supported by a combination of talks, reflective discussions and practical workshops.

The semester long combination of review, reflect and make will result in one outputs including:

1. The production of a series of digital explorations that demonstrate knowledge in using digital 3D modelling and making technologies.

2. The development of a personal practical project that articulates an understanding of the discourses surrounding new making cultures.

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:

Learning outcomes will be assessed through a combination of presentation of the outputs over the semester, followed by final submission in week 12. Students will be expected to give an overview of the research and studio practice that led to these outputs.

Learning Outcomes will receive the same assessment weighting (33.33%).
Feedback Formative feedback will be provided verbally during weekly tutorials, and mid way assessment of the 1st output.

Summative feedback will be provided following the presentation of the 2nd output in the form of verbal commentary immediately following the presentation, and written feedback following assessment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary debates surrounding the use of digital making and fabrication techniques that expand and challenge traditional models of craft, design and production.
  2. Demonstrate the use of digital modelling processes toward the production of designed artefacts.
  3. Demonstrate a sensibility toward an appropriate mix of traditional making processes and new manufacturing methods within specific social and material contexts.
Reading List
Johnston, L. (2015) Digital Handmade: Craftsmanship and the New Industrial Revolution, Thames and Hudson Ltd.
Ratto, M. (2011) Critical making: Conceptual and material studies in technology and social life, The Information Society, 27(4).
Shillito, A.M. (2013) Digital crafts: industrial technologies for applied artists and designer makers, Bloomsbury.
Warnier, C., Verbruggen, D., Ehmann, S. and Klanten, R. Eds. (2014) Printing things: visions and essentials for 3D printing, Gestalten.
Zoran, A. (2013) Hybrid Basketry: Interweaving Digital Practice within Contemporary Craft. Leonardo, Vol. 46, No.4, pp.324-331.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and Enquiry, Personal and Intellectual Autonomy, Technical/practical skills, Communication
Course organiserDr Kee Ryong Choi
Tel: (0131 6)51 5816
Course secretaryMiss Barbara Bianchi
Tel: (0131 6)51 5736
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