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Undergraduate Course: Illustration 4A: Studio Practice (DESI10124)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis core course on the Illustration BA programme relates closely to ILLUSTRATION 4b: RESEARCH and ILLUSTRATION 4c: EXPOSITION. It forms part of the final year of BA Studies in Illustration, and supports students in achieving resolution and professionalism in their academic work. At this level, students will gain an advanced understanding of the subject, which is demonstrated by the development of individual portfolios. Illustration 4A: Studio Practice encapsulates the visual interpretation of texts, sequential image-making and authorial practice in the formation of a series of 20 illustrations. Students will explore methods and processes in order to make a collection of illustrations based upon a self-initiated Study Proposal. The course will also include a series of set projects covering contemporary perspectives on this subject.
Course description At this stage, students have responsibility for establishing their own illustration practice. This is a progression from structured projects and briefs encountered at earlier stages of the Illustration BA course. At this stage of the BA, students will form their own creative and professional identity and direction as illustrators. This includes interpretive Illustration for various contexts in design and publishing, as well as self-authorship. The course guides and focuses students in their work, reflecting current theories and practice of Illustration and the graphic arts.

Illustration 4a: Studio Practice begins with a Study Proposal developed over the first two weeks of Semester 1, which will lay out individual directions for work undertaken during the course. For all students, that work will result in the completion of 20 or more illustrations, presented to a high standard of finish at the close of Semester2.

The Study Proposal forms the brief for Illustration 4A: Studio Practice, a course which runs for two semesters. Study Proposals will describe narrative and conceptual content, inspiration and ideas for individual students Studio Practice project, with reference to artistic, literary and cultural influences. These will include locations, events, texts, journeys, etc., specific to individual students' work. Students will identify narrative themes and subjects for their illustration as well as their pictorial concerns, knowledge and working methods. In this, students will be guided by staff in defining and developing their ideas. Working methods are also to be identified, in uses of media, print and digital applications. Students will either undertake single projects involving sequences of illustrations, or multiple projects covering various themes. Studio Practice allows for the creation of a body of resolved work, reflecting a highly developed awareness of current practice in Illustration and the discipline's historical development.

During Semester 1, students will create initial resolved illustrations for the development of the Study Proposal, in relation to contemporary practice in this discipline. Examples will demonstrate technical and practical aspects of the discipline, as well as conceptual and narrative content. Teaching will concentrate on the relationship of illustrations to text and to other contexts in design and publishing. Teaching will take the form of seminars, workshops and tutorials. Semester 1 initiates practical work, and allows for experimentation within a range of approaches. Five completed illustrations and Study Proposal will be presented for formative assessment at the Mid Year Review at the end of Semester 1.

During Semester 2, teaching is more focused upon supporting students to develop an extensive set of resolved of illustrations, as the full development of semester 1 Study Proposals. Teaching will address the relationship of academic study to contemporary Illustration practice, with detailed study and discussion of examples across a range of approaches to the subject. Semester 2 concludes with the Degree Show.

For this final presentation of summatively assessed student work for this course, the Study Proposal is developed into the form of an Artist's Statement, to describe the form, content, and exploratory context of the completed body of work.
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.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  33
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 24, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 22, External Visit Hours 2, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 8, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 320 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) At least 20 illustrations and a 300-word Artist Statement (100%)

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:

Three Learning Outcomes will be addressed with equal weighting across all formatively and summatively assessed submissions associated with this course.
Feedback Formative assessment will take the form of grades and written feedback at the conclusion of Semester 1 for five completed illustrations and a 300-word Study Proposal.

Summative assessment will be given as grades only at the conclusion of Semester 2 for at least 20 illustrations, and a 300 word Artist's Statement.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. ORIGINATE: Demonstrate an advanced ability to initiate, organize and plan an extended Illustration project
  2. ACTUALISE: Demonstrate advanced conceptual, interprative and practical skills in the completion of a set of Illustrations
  3. REFLECT: Demonstrate the ability to reflect critically upon form and content and to document progression and conclusion of the personal project
Reading List
ILLUSTRATION NEXT, Ana Benaroya, Thames & Hudson 2014
PENGUIN BY DESIGN: a cover story, Phil Baines, Penguin 2010
ILLUSTRATION: A VISUAL HISTORY, Seymour Chwast & Steven Heller, H. A. Abrams 2008
WORDS AND PICTURES: Writers & artists and a peculiarly British tradition, Jenny Uglow, Faber 2008
EDWARD ARDIZZONE: Artist and Illustrator, Alan Powers, Lund Humphries, 2016
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills -Critical understanding of their subject and its relationship to professional practice in Illustration
-Awareness of current developments in Illustration and its related arts
-Ability to analyse and identify problems and issues within the subject of Illustration
-Originality in the application of knowledge
KeywordsIllustration,narrative,print,text and image
Course organiserMr Harvey Dingwall
Tel: (0131 6)51 5726
Course secretaryMiss Linsey McEwan
Tel: (01316) 515448
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