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Undergraduate Course: Illustration 1B: Introduction to Illustration 2 (DESI08064)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to continue developing core skills which are fundamental to illustration and to broaden the students knowledge of Art and Design. Through a series of Illustration briefs students will investigate a variety of subject matter and deliver creative responses. An enhanced element of freedom will allow students to make creative decisions which draw upon and further their previous learning.
Course description Following Semester 1, students will continue to explore the theory and practice of Illustration in the visual interpretation of texts and ideas. Through a consolidation of working methods and knowledge of Illustration students will be able to reflect on their own progress to a greater degree than previously and to develop curiosity and foster critical enquiry within their personal practice. Increased confidence in being able to communicate visually will allow students to take more risks and explore more complex ideas within their work.

There will be an additional focus on storytelling and authorship with more independent decision-making within projects to allow students to start developing personal lines of enquiry. A number of project briefs will explore the broad discipline of Illustration, including print-making, digital print and book-making as well as 3 dimensional illustrated artefacts and exploration of animated Illustration.

Location-based research activities including drawing from observation are a core activity of this course. There will be a series of organized field trips and visits to exhibitions and students are also expected to carry out and document their own independent research within the broader field of art and design, for example by visiting museums and galleries and by reading relevant literature.
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. This course is only available to Illustration students.

Additional Costs Studio costs will cover general art & design materials, printing and presentation of work £50-£100.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  45
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 54, External Visit Hours 3, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 6, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 121 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course has 3 assessment components:

Tunnel Book project 25%, February exam diet.

Map and GIF project 25%, March exam diet.

Picture Book project, 50%, May exam diet.

Each component will be assessed in physical format and as part of an annotated pdf portfolio containing the following:

1. Preliminary Sketchbook work
2. Materials and Process
3. Final resolved Pieces

Summative grades will be awarded for each component
Feedback Formative
Verbal feedback will be given regularly throughout the course through tutorials and peer review through small group discussions.

Further to Summative submission of each component, each student will receive written feedback and grades as per University regulations.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Analyse ideas and key themes and apply a broad range of research methodologies in response to Illustration briefs while demonstrating a contextual awareness of Art and Design.
  2. Explore and explain the development of ideas and practical skills in rough visuals, and developmental illustrations, investigating a broad range of materials and processes.
  3. Resolve, refine and present finished illustrations in appropriate formats as solutions to a brief.
Reading List
Male, A., Illustration: a theoretical and contextual perspective, 2007, AVA Publishing.

Shahn, B., The Shape of Content, 1992, Harvard University Press.

Uglow, J., Words and Pictures, 2008, Faber & Faber.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On completion of the course students will have the following range of skills:

Research and enquiry:
Good knowledge of a range of approaches to independent research
Confidence in visual interpretation and communication through drawing practice
Ability to take risks when developing creative responses to briefs

Communicate verbally through presentations and the explanation of ideas
Communicate in written form, both formally and through sketchbooks
Have interpersonal skills which allow peer review that is sensitive and useful
Being able to place themselves within the discipline and express aims for personal development through knowledge of it

Personal and intellectual autonomy:
Develop a personal language through the cultivation of themes of interest and authorship
Ability to make confident creative decisions and statements and to take creative risks

Personal effectiveness:
The ability to plan, organize and manage their time
KeywordsDrawing,Sequential narrative,Visual stories,Storytelling authorial illustration practice,colour
Course organiserMs Astrid Jaekel
Tel: (0131 6)51 5732
Course secretaryMiss Linsey McEwan
Tel: (01316) 515448
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