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Undergraduate Course: Illustration 3A: Boundaries and Collectives (DESI10083)

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 Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course explores the function and impact of illustration practice. Students build on core skills of image making and problem solving. They work individually on a series of live projects for a range of clients and also work as a creative collective on self-directed projects throughout the semester. Students are asked to consider the boundaries of illustration briefs and how they may be challenged and pushed for both creative development as well as considered impact.
Course description This course exposes students to a range of projects, some working with external partners to guide the course projects and bring students into contact with particular industry-related challenges as well as specialists in those fields. Past examples of such collaborations have included working with the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo, Publishers, Primary Schools and Social Scientist Researchers. There will be a minimum of 3 such projects, all of different lengths from a few days to several weeks, within the course. Seminar teaching will introduce students to the projects and detailed briefs will also be available on LEARN. Group and individual meetings will support all student projects and the course also contains specific practical workshops in illustration processes relevant to the projects. Projects will often involve research trips which will be communicated to students in advance.

In addition to the above focus on individual illustration practice, the course also explores ways in which creative collectives for illustrators can be an important part of developing and inspiring work. By working in groups, students can share knowledge and skills, be more ambitious with projects and expand both their professional and creative networks. Students will develop collectives over the semester and as a team they will initiate, develop and implement one or more projects based on the categories of Exhibition, Retail, Publication and Field Trip.

The course's creative collective projects form part of the same end-of-course summatively assessed portfolio of submission as do the other projects. Students have the freedom to define the context and scale of the projects they engage with during this course. Students will document and reflect on their various collaborative projects undertaken during this course through an illustrated pdf.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on a Degree Programme in the School of Design
Additional Costs Costs of around £40 (depending on independent projects) for printing costs and art materials (Sketchbook, paper, drawing/painting equipment).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesOnly available to visiting students in the Design School
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  35
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 18, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 40, External Visit Hours 12, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 312 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The final assessment is based 100% on a final submitted 18-22 page pdf. All projects listed on LEARN should be presented including research, development and resolved illustrations for each project clearly documented and annotated with any links to online research.

All submitted course work is assessed to each of the 3 Learning Outcomes which are equally weighted.
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/forward point in week 6 when an illustrated reflective pdf portfolio of work to date is uploaded to LEARN and specific grades and written feedback are given. All projects, including their development work are presented and discussed in an individual meeting at this point.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an increasingly inquisitive exploration of a range of approaches to Illustration, supported by a thorough body of research in response to the parameters set within the illustration briefs.
  2. Demonstrate good understanding of materials and processes of image making relevant to Illustration projects and industry.
  3. Undertake effective development and management of illustration projects with an understanding of the requirements and potential of illustration briefs and the values of collaborative work.
Reading List
Bergström, B., 2008. Essentials of Visual Communication, 01 edition. ed. Laurence King, London.
Male, A., 2007. Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective, 01 edition. ed. AVA Publishing, Lausanne, Switzerland; New York, N.Y.
Peepshow Collective, 2012. Peepshow Collective. Index Books, Barcelona.
Wigan, M., 2014. Thinking Visually for Illustrators, 2nd Revised edition edition. ed. Fairchild Books, New York.
Zeegen, L., Fenton, L., 2012. The Fundamentals of Illustration, 2 edition. Ed. AVA Publishing, Lausanne, Switzerland: La Vergne, TN.
Zeegen, L., Roberts, C., 2014. Fifty Years of Illustration, 01 edition. ed. Laurence King, London.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and Enquiry: Be able to identify, define and analyse problems and identify or create processes to solve them

Personal and Intellectual Autonomy: Be creative and imaginative thinkers; Be able to respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts

Communication: Use communication as a tool for collaborating and relating to others

Personal Effectiveness: Be able to work effectively with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
Course organiserMr Harvey Dingwall
Tel: (0131 6)51 5726
Course secretaryMiss Linsey McEwan
Tel: (01316) 515448
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