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Postgraduate Course: Design Exploration (Illustration) (DESI11118)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis is your core practice-based Design Masters course. It asks you to define, collect, select, analyse and justify an area of creative research practice that is innovative and critically aware. You will produce a cohesive and mature body of practice-based research work.
Course description The content of this course is specific to your programme specialism. The Virtual Learning Environment supports the teaching and is used for delivery of projects that make up the content and structure of the course.

This course aims to:

1 Enable you to propose, justify and undertake a study plan with clearly defined critical aims, objectives and methods.
2 Enable you to develop a sophisticated body of research material and evidence of practical exploration that communicates a progression of ideas and a critical awareness of contemporary practice and theory.
3 Develop and consolidate your critical analysis and reflective appraisal of appropriate research themes.
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:  57
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 22, External Visit Hours 8, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 342 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative and summative assessment will require students submit a portfolio of artifacts, images and text as a single PDF document which will communicate their understanding of the learning acquired through the course. The portfolio elements should evidence both the student's material and conceptual learning and map onto the Learning Outcomes.
Feedback Feedback is regularly communicated through the course. This takes a number forms, verbally through group and individual meetings where work and ideas are discussed with both peers and tutor. There is also a specific mid semester formative feedback point when indicative grades are given.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. ANALYSE: select and use relevant methods to evaluate appropriate material, precedents and sources with critical understanding.
  2. CHALLENGE: recognise, rationalise and question thematic strands within practice based research investigations
  3. PLAN: demonstrate a sense of purpose and autonomy in the development of lines of inquiry in both theory and practice
Reading List
All Learning Resources are specific to each Programme and communicated via Talis on LEARN.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Have a personal vision and goals and be able to work towards these in a sustainable way
Be able to exercise critical judgment in creating new understanding
Be able to identify, define and analyse problems and identify or create processes to solve them
Seek and value open feedback to inform genuine self-awareness
Be able to use collaboration and debate effectively to test, modify and strengthen their own views
Understand social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities and issues
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Course organiserMs Fionnuala Doran
Course secretaryMiss Linsey McEwan
Tel: (01316) 515448
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