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Undergraduate Course: Illustration 1A: Introduction to Illustration 1 (DESI08065)

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
SummaryThrough a series of set projects students will explore the methods and processes of Illustration in the visual interpretation of ideas, texts and themes. Illustrations will be made as self-contained images as an element within design for the page and digital contexts.

Students will learn to generate and use ideas, research methodologies and processes which allow them to explore appropriate design solutions in response to a variety of Illustration briefs.
Course description This course introduces students to a range of design research practices and processes through a series of projects enabling the development of fundamental creative and technical skills. Students are encouraged to develop a personal direction through making, evaluating, presenting and reflecting.

Students will be introduced to basic research methodologies which will serve as the basis to develop ambitious projects, as well as a fundamental understanding of the complexity of Illustration as an academic discipline. Students are expected to document all directed and independent study in the form of sketchbooks.

This course is taught through a series of lectures, seminars and workshops carried out by various members of academic staff with the aim to deliver core skills of illustration, such as observational drawing, imaginative drawing, pictorial and textual origination of stories, character development, storyboarding, sequential narrative, elementary printmaking, visual interpretation of literature, colour and composition, an introduction to layout and digital applications.

Through experimentation with concepts and materials students are encouraged to challenge their existing knowledge of image-making and to take risks with regards to the outcomes of their projects.

Drawing from observation is a core activity of this course. There will be a series of organized drawing 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 cultural institutions and events and by reading relevant journals.
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 open to students on the Illustration program, unless there is prior agreement
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:  24
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 22, 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 149 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course has 3 assessment components.

Sequential Narrative project 33%, October exam diet.

Poster project 33%, November exam diet.

Surface pattern project, 34%, December exam diet.

Each component will be assessed in physical format 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. Investigate key research themes and develop a range of ideas as a basis for creative responses to Illustration briefs, showing contextual awareness.
  2. Demonstrate a range of fundamental practical Illustration skills through a broad range of experimentation with materials and processes.
  3. Evaluate a body of research work and select suitable concepts for realization in an appropriate form.
Reading List
Blake, Q., The Magic Pencil, 2002, British Library Publishing Division.

Zeegen, L & Fenton, L., The Fundamentals of Illustration, 2012, AVA Publishing.

Zeegen, L., Fifty Years of Illustration, 2014, Laurence King.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry:
Knowledge of a basic range of research methodologies
Visual interpretation and communication skills through drawing practice
Develop 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 through knowledge of it

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

Personal effectiveness:
The ability to plan, organize and manage their time
KeywordsDrawing,Visual narrative,Text and Image,Graphic Arts
Course organiserMs Astrid Jaekel
Tel: (0131 6)51 5732
Course secretaryMiss Linsey McEwan
Tel: (01316) 515448
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