Module title: Visual Research Methods

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: DES07118
Module leader: Ian Lambert
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Design Photography and Advertising
Prerequisites

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2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Ian Lambert
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Learning Outcomes
Working in a studio environment and with visits to local creative/cultural/social places, the module is designed to help you develop a foundation knowledge of visual research methods and creative practice, along with the work of current practicing artists, designers and architects (LO4). By following creative briefs you will start developing skills and techniques for visual research (LO1), creative development (LO3) and data visualisation (LOs 2, 5) for creative practice. Each taught input uses a wide variety of audio-visual resources, group discussion and activity to foster group engagement in a creative environment (LO5)

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Throughout the module projects and tasks are explained and put into context of how and why they are used in industry, society and culture. Critical appraisal and reflection are also required at every assessment stage (formative and summative). You are asked to present and outline debates, information and ideas which are core to the discipline of design.

Assessment (formative and summative)
You will undertake creative visual research projects leading to the the submission of a creative folio of visual research (LO1, 2) and development (integrated in sketchbooks) (LOs 2, 3), 2D, 3D and/or 4D visualisation (LO 2) and visual data (LOs 4,5) (see section 18: length/volume). Formative assessment will precede the submission and/or presentation of completed module portfolio. You will be asked to report on your directed study task and feedback will be given to develop your confidence and allow practise of public speaking and voicing opinions. You will be asked to respond to formative feedback on work during critiques and feedback tutorials.


Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 6
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 42
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

You will be based in a dynamic studio environment with students from a range of design disciplines. Using a combination of local visits and studio exercises within set projects, you will be introduced to methods for visual research and recording and analysing visual data. This will inform creative processes and idea generation for design outcomes and interventions in different social and cultural contexts. We will also cover methods for visual and verbal presentation.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

LO1: collect and record data from primary and secondary visual sources.
LO2: define and represent visual data in 2, 3 and 4 dimensions
LO3: define and implement a creative development process for design outcomes with the application of visual research data
LO4: identify examples of visual culture and the work of prominent visual arts/design /architectural personalities/practitioners
LO5: use design and visual terminology in verbal and visual presentation

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