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Undergraduate Course: Illustration 4C: Exposition (DESI10126)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIllustration 4C: Exposition is a course that prepares students to work professionally as an illustrator, artist or designer. Students will explore a range of methods of promotion, develop skills in working with clients and different ways of communicating ideas. Exposition relates closely to Illustration 4A: Studio Practice and Illustration 4B: Research. It is a core course running over two semesters during the fourth year of the Illustration BA degree course. It encapsulates key aspects of study in this subject, including the compilation and presentation of a portfolio of ten or more key pieces of illustration, exhibition of work, an online portfolio and a CV.
Course description As an applied art form, Illustration involves communication and collaboration with designers and publishers. This course focuses upon the professional world of art and design, as well as the ways in which illustrators will follow a career path and promote their work. This course addresses the fact that, as they approach graduation, students will need highly developed skills and knowledge in relation to these elements of professional Illustration practice. Illustration 4c: Exposition presents the professional face of Illustration in the discipline's integration within the related fields of design and publishing, and the ways in which professional illustrators collect, present and communicate their work.

In undertaking this course, students will identify the actual or possible future professional contexts for their personal illustration practice.. Students will explore advanced professional methods and processes in compiling portfolios, websites, blogs, and other digital methods of promotion. The course will identify ways in which these formats can be used to make professionally appropriate presentations of work created by illustrators. The course supports students to undertake specialised analysis of Book Illustration, Editorial Design, Packaging Design, and other forms of illustration with descriptions of agencies, briefs, studios, art editorship, online applications, invoices, deadlines, studio expenses, and other professional concerns. Relating to these elements of the course, students will investigate and discuss key issues, including: collating and curating a professional portfolio, promoting their work online and in print, gaining commissions, communicating and negotiating with clients.

The course will be taught through a combination of seminars, workshops and tutorials. It will include a series of lectures by visiting practitioners. Workshops during Semester 1 will introduce different methods of portfolio design: how to select, print, crop, mount and present a series of illustrations to an advanced level of skill, showing awareness of appropriate professional exponents in the field. A self-promotion and identity project is set during the second half of this Semester. Alongside tangible portfolio models, students will explore digital platforms and web design. Individual and group tuition will enable students to collate series of illustrations, drawings, and various graphic works into coherent portfolios. A series of seminars and presentations in Semester 2 will develop knowledge and skill in presenting work and clearly expressing ideas and ambitions.

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: 200 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 8, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment details

14-16 page pdf including:

Professional Practice Digital Portfolio and Statement
Website/online portfolio


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 written feedback and grades will be given at the conclusion of Semester 1 for the Self-promotion and identity brief, and a 10 minute professional practice presentation.

Summative grades will be given at close of Semester 2.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. CONTEXTUALISE: Demonstrate the ability to survey, analyse and evaluate contemporary Illustration practice.
  2. DISSEMINATE: Demonstrate appropriate professional skills in exhibiting Illustration work.
  3. PROMOTE: Demonstrate the ability to communicate personal and professional attributes to potential employers.
Reading List
VAROOM MAGAZINE, editor John O┬┐Reilly
LICENSE TO INSPIRE, Benjamin Cox, Pirum Press 2010
AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION ANNUAL, Peggy Roalf, David Schonauer, Robert Newman, Jeff Wignall
LAUREATE'S PROGRESS, Quentin Blake, Jonathan Cape 2002
DESIGNING WITH ILLUSTRATION Steven Heller and Karen Pomeroy; designed by Seymour Chwast, Van Nostrand Reingold 1990
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills -Personal and intellectual autonomy in professional matters
-Knowledge and skills related to employability and career development
-Literacy in communication and information
-Skills in individual motivation and presentation
-Communication skills and organisational ability in presenting ideas and artefacts
Course organiserMs Sarah Lippett
Tel: (0131 6)51 5726
Course secretaryMiss Linsey McEwan
Tel: (01316) 515448
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