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Undergraduate Course: Design Research 3 - Illustration (DESI10108)

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
SummaryIn this course, students will source and analyse appropriate research material from the broader external context of illustration, to inform the writing of a study proposal, other appropriate complementary documentation, and a professional record of their experience which will enable them to plan and develop a personal direction for their practice.
Course description Specifically, the aims of this course are:

To enable the student to identify, evaluate and reflect upon an appropriate range of professional contexts, including a period of personal engagement
To enable the student to develop a coherent plan of study which demonstrates an emerging understanding of personal direction, as well as a range of reflective material and documentation showing consolidation of personal direction
To develop the student's abilities in critical analysis, project management, and reflective appraisal.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Range of design materials and trips pertaining to programme specialism. Likely to incur general costs relating to photocopying, printing and so forth.
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: demonstrate a recognition of the philosophical and professional context for the discipline by recording, documenting and critically evaluating personal experiences within professional practices.
  2. PLAN: demonstrate the ability to reflect on the wider external context, their personal position within it, and formulate a plan for the potential future direction of their work.
  3. COMMUNICATE: communicate proposal concepts, plans and responses orally, visually and in writing, using a variety of strategies
Reading List
Collins, H. (2010). Creative Research: The Theory and Practice of Research for the Creative Industries. London: AVA Publishing

Cottrell, S (2005). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave

Rampley, M. (Ed). (2001). Exploring Visual Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Rose, G. (2012). Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Researching with Visual Materials. London: SAGE

Walliman, N. (2001). Your Research Project: a Step-by-Step Guide for the First-Time Researcher. London: SAGE
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Time management and independent working;
Critical thinking;
Verbal and textual communication;
Assess own and others' work
KeywordsEvaluate,Plan,Communicate,Identify Options,Professional Understanding,Critical Analysis
Course organiserMr Harvey Dingwall
Tel: (0131 6)51 5726
Course secretaryMs Sophie O'Shea
Tel: (0131 6)51 5448
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