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
2023/4, 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: Kirstie Jamieson
Module Organiser:

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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