Core Module Information
Module title: Foundation Digital Media 1

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

Module code: DES07119
Module leader: Peter Buwert
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography


Description of module content:

The aim of this module is to give you a basic introduction to the creative and practical aspects of digital image manipulation, and visual language. You will develop digital design software and hardware skills and apply these towards the creation of a portfolio of visual design work.
You will be introduced to techniques for inputting, creating, manipulating, enhancing, and storing digital images. You will be introduced to the principles of how to correctly prepare digital files for screen, print and digital manufacturing outputs. You will develop visual presentation skills which will allow you to develop a basic physical and web-based portfolio of visual creative output, on which to build during your course of study.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Acquire skills to research, develop and create simple imaging outcomes using a range of visual software and techniques.
LO2: Acquire skills to input and store imagery from analog and digital sources in appropriate file formats and at appropriate file sizes.
LO3: Demonstrate appropriate skills in image enhancement, manipulation and preparation.
LO4: Acquire skills to combine multiple image forms into coherent compositions for visual presentation purposes.
LO5: Acquire skills to create and prepare files appropriately for both digital and physical outputs.
LO6: Develop an awareness of principles of visual language.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Peter Buwert
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching within the module takes place in practical tutor led workshop sessions using a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and exercises. Software and hardware skills and techniques for research, creation, input, enhancement, manipulation, storage, preparation and output of digital imagery are introduced, demonstrated and supported by tutors in class(LO1-6). You will then consolidate and develop these skills using VLE resources which structure, guide, and assist independent learning in your independent study time(LO1-6). Regular formative feedback and assistance with workshop and independent study tasks is provided by tutors within class time to help you overcome challenges and develop your skills further(LO1,2,3). Projects, tasks and exercises will be formatively assessed at at least two points during the module (Weeks 6,11). These will then form the basis of a portfolio of work submitted for summative assessment in week 13 (LO5). This student-centred portfolio format allows a degree of personalisation in learning throughout the module (LO4,6).

Formative Assessment:
At regular points in the module there will be formative feedback given in one-to-one sessions where you will receive guidance on how to develop your skills (LOs 1-6). Formative assessment of coursework tasks will take place in week 6(LOs 1-3). At this point, formative assessment will be provided on each of the weekly coursework tasks assigned in class from weeks 2-6. These tasks might include exercises in file management and use of industry standard raster and vector design software applications. In week 11 formative assessment will be provided (LOs 4-6) to prepare you for the summative assessment of a portfolio of work in week 13. At this point, formative assessment will be provided on selected pieces of coursework produced throughout the module which you will be presenting in the portfolio in week 13 for summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take place through submission of a portfolio of work in week 13. This portfolio submission will allow you to present each of the directed study tasks you have worked on throughout the module (including research, precedent studies, sketch development; sketchbooks and visual presentation boards) in order to demonstrate that you have met the LOs 1-6.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 48
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Foundation Digital Media 1