Core Module Information
Module title: Making as Thinking

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

Module code: DES11139
Module leader: Tom Flint
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography


Description of module content:

This module explores making as thinking, and aims to develop your practical and cognitive design skills with an understanding of materials and processes utilised in professional design and manufacture. You will explore making as a method of design research and 'knowing-by-doing'. This will include the playful exploration and exploitation of making processes that utilise both traditional hand-guided tools and digital fabrication hardware and software. The module introduces you to a variety of making practices used by professional 3D designers and researchers in ideation, improvisation and materialisation. Through this module, you will also develop an understanding of safe and sustainable workshop and manufacturing practices.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically engage with practice-based design research and exploration through making
LO2: Generate ideas and design proposals through virtual and physical prototyping processes
LO3: Challenge conventions in design, ideation and fabrication
LO4: Conceptualise and justify making outcomes using a range of prototyping and materialisation processes
LO5: Critically reflect on making outcomes in relation to current technological and socio-economic contexts

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: Tom Flint
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Supervised time in studio/workshop 36
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 24
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 1-5 14/15
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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