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Undergraduate Course: Illustration Anthology: Print, Product and Narrative (DESI10129)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIllustration inhabits various contexts in art and design and there are connections with theatre, animation, cinema, television, games as well as those in conventional print media. This course explores these relationships through each student developing a portfolio of work that illustrates a specific thematic subject matter. This portfolio of work gives the opportunity to consider both applied and more personally driven themes and subject matter. The length of the project also allows a different pace of work to the usual illustration working practice, giving the opportunity to explore specific processes, skills and potentials in printmaking as well as ideas and narratives in more depth.
Course description Specific project requirements ask you to consider diverse subject matter, audiences and interpretations of illustration. The idea of collection or anthology of work asks you to explore a range of diverse connections through a body of work that is built up through the semester. Modes of story telling and elements of translation are explored relative to a theme and subject matter, for example, a series of prints are developed from five pieces of music considering the context in which the music is both created and shared. Teaching is through group and individual meetings. There is an emphasis on experimenting and interrogating the values of different print processes. Introductions to simple print processes are given and to print workshops where possible. You are asked to present your work at several stages through the semester and finally in a portfolio of work.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is an illustration Core Course and is not available to students from other departments.
Additional Costs Costs of around £40 (depending on independent projects) for printing costs and art materials
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: 200 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 18, External Visit Hours 3, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 162 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative
Verbal feedback in individual meeting documented by the student and recorded in 6-8 page illustrated PDF alongside representations of research, finished work and intentions uploaded to LEARN.

15 -20 page illustrated PDF uploaded to LEARN. The pdf is a folio documenting processes and reflecting on the development and outcome of the work. Annotated photographs and illustrations document research and processes as well as the final illustrations. A reflective statement of up 700-1000 words is also included in the pdf.

Both the portfolio and pdf are weighted equally in the assessment and contribute equally to all the learning outcomes.
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 point when indicative grades are given.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to research and iteratively develop ideas and imagery with both creativity and criticality.
  2. Demonstrate practical knowledge of materials and processes in at least one or a combination of print making methods.
  3. Communicate a resolved and coherent collection of ideas and imagery through a series of illustrations.
Reading List
Klanten, R., 2011. Behind the Zines: Self-publishing Culture, 01 edition. ed. Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin.
Smith, M., Cooke, A., 2017. People of Print: Innovative, Independent Design & Illustration, 01 edition. ed. Thames and Hudson Ltd, London.
Komurki, J.Z., 2017. Risomania: The New Spirit of Printing. Verlag Niggli, Salenstein.
Grabowski, B., Fick, B., 2009. Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Processes, 01 edition. ed. Laurence King, London.
Jamieson, R., 2015. Print is Dead, Long Live Print, 01 edition. ed. Prestel, Munich.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Generic cognitive skills: undertake critical analysis and synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues within the common understandings of design as a discipline.
Communication skills: Convey complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes
Autonomy, accountability, and working with others: exercise autonomy and initiative in some activities at a professional level in subject/discipline sector.
Course organiserMs Jane Hyslop
Tel: (0131 6)51 5879
Course secretaryMiss Linsey McEwan
Tel: (01316) 515448
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