Core Module Information
Module title: Interpretation and Design

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

Module code: DES11141
Module leader: Kirstie Jamieson
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Art Design and Photography


Description of module content:

This module aims to develop your understanding of the design and presentation of themes and narratives for exhibitions, events, installations and site specific areas of cultural, historical or natural interest. You will be introduced to contextualised modes of museum and heritage interpretation beyond 20th century idioms of information and signage. The module historicises user interaction, curatorial practice and spatialized experience. You will explore and interrogate a variety of design strategies used by designers to address thematically driven project briefs in a variety of physical and virtual contexts.

Live design projects that respond to or work with existing cultural spaces form the core of the module. You may be required to respond to project briefs that explore experience-design, pedagogy, play-based learning and narrative design in the presentation of objects, spaces and experiences. In developing an industry-standard Interpretation Plan, you will be required to undertake thematic, contextual and material research to illustrate how design solutions provide for enhanced user experience in a defined environment.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Generate ideas and design narratives through a critical assessment of interpretation design
LO2: Critically explore the historic development of design narrative including signage, and user interaction and experience
LO3: Challenge conventions in design interpretation and engage in critical dialogue
LO4: Conceptualise and justify interpretation design outcomes and design interventions
LO5: Critically reflect on interpretation design outcomes in relation to thematic contexts and the stated objectives of the project brief

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, 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 Practical classes and workshops 30
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 128
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 50 1-5 7
Oral Presentation 50 1-5 14/15
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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