Core Module Information
Module title: Design for Heritage and Culture

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: DES11137
Module leader: Kirstie Jamieson
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography


Description of module content:

This is an interdisciplinary module that will require you to place your own subject specialism within the broad context of design for culture and heritage.

Through this module you will develop your understanding of the core aspects of design for Heritage and Culture through exhibition design, site specific interpretive installations, spatial appreciation, lighting, motion graphics for immersive environments and graphic communication. User journeys, engagements, interactions and experiences will form the foundation of explorative studies where prototype designs will aim to change visitor relationship to heritage and culture.

The module introduces you to a variety of design strategies used by designers to address thematically driven project briefs in a variety of physical contexts.

Studio-based design projects form the core of the module. Within the projects you will critically explore current themes in areas of heritage and culture and you will look towards forecasting and designing for future potentialities. In developing design proposals, you are required to undertake thematic, contextual and material research and to illustrate how your design solutions provide for enhanced user experience and interaction in a defined heritage and cultural role.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically explore key elements of contemporary design for heritage and culture, including; mobility, lighting, motion graphics and visual immersion, signage, user interaction and user experience.
LO2: Demonstrate advanced problem solving and professional skills and techniques to plan, develop and model appropriate original design outcomes.
LO3: Challenge conventions in heritage and cultural design and generate innovative ideas and complex design proposals through a critical assessment of current design research.
LO4: Utilise a wide range of appropriate visual and aural presentation and illustrative techniques to effectively communicate research, concepts and outcomes.
LO5: Exercise significant autonomy and initiative whilst critically reflecting on your own and other peoples work within the context of your design specialism and the general constraints of the brief, the project site and financial or technical viability.

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: Malcolm Innes
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A programme focussed approach is taken to learning, teaching and assessment. This means that common methodologies are used across the modules that make up your programme. This will help you to master a range of self reflection and presentation skills that will be essential for future employment in design professions.

This module will utilise a variety of audio visual resources, group discussion and self directed methods (independent learning and study). These learning methods are designed to foster and underpin student engagement and academic progression, whilst also being sensitive to a range of learning styles. You will undertake research and data collection within design precedents (LO1) and use this to inform your design processes (LO2,3). You will use professional methods to visualise design outcomes and prepare ideas for physical and virtual modelling (LO 4). The resultant visual material will be collated to create a persuasive visual presentation (LO4, 5). You will reflect on your design project outcomes through a visual and verbal presentation (LO5).

Formative Assessment:
Throughout the module, you will be asked to report on your directed study task (LO 3) and formative feedback will be given verbally throughout this process. There will also be a formal review (LO2) in week 6 where you will present a critical reflection of work-in progress to your peer group.
The review will provide additional formative feedback on your work. This feedback will form an important part of your attempts to direct your learning prior to submission of work for summative assessment. Feedback will aim to promote student confidence in the practice of public speaking and design management (LO4). As an autonomous learner, you will be expected to record and reflect on the feedback you receive and critically reflect on this in developing future work (LO5).

Summative Assessment:
There are two summative assessment points in the module (weeks 12 and 14) for which you will be asked to present you directed study tasks in the form of sketch-books (LOs 1, 2) drawings, models (physical & virtual) (LOs 2, 3, 4,) and presentation (printed boards, video etc) (LO 5) for summative assessment.

Summative assessment will include an open design critique with the rest of the class (LO4) in week 14. This format is designed to foster a collegiate atmosphere that allows you to learn from the work and presentation techniques of others whilst also being able to hear the verbal critique of the reviewers.

Verbal feedback on your work should be considered as both summative feedback on your presented work and as formative feedback for any future work. This methodology is used extensively to strengthen the integrity of the year group and forms an important feature of the formative critique that may impact future work on other modules or in private practice. As autonomous independent learners, you will be responsible for recording, reflecting on and responding to this feedback (LO5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 6
Face To Face Tutorial 18
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 18
Independent Learning Guided independent study 158
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 30 1-4 12 HOURS= 0.20
Portfolio 70 1-5 14/15
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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