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Undergraduate Course: Illustration 3B: All in the Plan (DESI10084)

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 considers what defines an illustrator. Students are asked to explore and develop their illustration style or voice and to reflect on this within industry and as a creative practitioner. Initially, students will focus on their drawing, materials and design process through a series of short projects and workshops.

In the second half of the course, students develop a self-directed project that helps prepare them for their final-year Illustration courses. Students consider their key creative ambitions as well as the challenges they face in realising them. This includes what area(s) of illustration they want to specialise in during this period of their undergraduate studies and the kind of skills and portfolio they will need for that work. Students plan out a range of projects for themselves during this latter part of the course and are supported in this work through individual and group tutorials with staff and fellow students.

Course description The initial projects that constitute the early part of Illustration 3b continue to develop skills explored within Illustration 3a. They focus on analysing and problem-solving skills to find creative design solutions. Previously these have included gender-based editorials, cartoon translations, creative public workshops and music interpretation and promotion. This course also builds further on relevant image-making skills including printmaking and digital tools. Throughout these tasks students are asked to reflect on the motivations and challenges of their creative ambitions.

An extended self-directed project is an opportunity for students to explore and challenge areas they are passionate about or feel they need more experience of. The duration of the self-directed project element lets students work on a number of outcomes and intensively develop individually chosen illustration research and themes. Students define the types of illustration and subject they want to explore. The challenge is also in students managing their time and how they plan out deadlines through the various projects undertaken.

Students are also asked to submit a presentation portfolio that reflects their individual understanding of the specific professional context(s) they are aiming for and addressing through their current illustration work and practice. This includes the development of a simple website. Support for this and the pdf portfolio are given. This structure of the course informs and helps prepare for 4th year with its increased autonomy and self-direction.

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:  33
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 13, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 24, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 22, External Visit Hours 3, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 328 )
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 uploaded to LEARN with a link to an external portfolio. All projects listed on LEARN should be presented including research and development work. This will include final illustrations and sketchbook work of each project clearly labelled as well as any links to online research

The presentation pdf portfolio takes the form of a selection of 10-15 images and link to illustration portfolio website uploaded via LEARN. This should include 400 to 500 words reflecting on research into your particular fields of illustration and how this has influenced the decisions made through the presentation portfolio and website.

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
All submitted course work is assessed to each of the 3 Learning Outcomes which are equally weighted. Though certain elements of the portfolio address specific LO more than others such as sketchbooks to LO2 and the reflective text for the pdf portfolio and website relating to LO3. This does not stop the other Learning Outcomes being addressed within these separate components of the portfolio. It also gives the opportunity to address all the LOs several times and where the strongest and clearest articulation of these will inform the assessment.
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. Select and use relevant methods to evaluate appropriate material, precedents and sources with critical understanding.
  2. Demonstrate independent initiative, autonomy and self-critical generation of innovative ideas.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to reflect on your personal position and potential direction within the professional context and apply appropriate professional practices.
Reading List
AOI. of, 2008. The Illustrator's Guide to Law and Business Practice. Association of Illustrators, London.
Male, A., 2007. Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective, 01 edition. Ed. AVA Publishing, Lausanne, Switzerland; New York, N.Y.
McCloud, S., 1994. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, Reprint edition. Ed. William Morrow Paperbacks.
Rees, D., Blechman, N., 2014. How to be an Illustrator, 2 edition. Ed. Laurence King, London.
Salisbury, M., 2004. Illustrating Children's Books: Creating Pictures for Publication. A & C Black Publishers Ltd, London etc.
Wigan, M., 2014. Thinking Visually for Illustrators, 2nd Revised edition edition. Ed. Fairchild Books, New York.
Zeegen, L., Roberts, C., 2014. Fifty Years of Illustration, 01 edition. ed. Laurence King, London.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and Enquiry: Recognise the importance of reflecting on their learning experiences and be aware of their own learning style

Personal and Intellectual Autonomy: Be intellectually curious and able to sustain intellectual interest; Be able to respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts

Communication: Further their own learning through effective use of the full range of ┬┐communication approaches

Personal Effectiveness: Have the confidence to make decisions based on their understandings and their personal and intellectual autonomy; Be able to flexibly transfer their knowledge, learning, skills and abilities from one context to another
Course organiserMs Lucy Roscoe
Tel: (0131 6)51 5732
Course secretaryMiss Linsey McEwan
Tel: (01316) 515448
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