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This course enables students to develop a personal approach to all aspects of portraiture through drawing and painting techniques. Working directly from models students will use a range of approaches to expand skills and techniques to produce dynamic and arresting portraits and head studies. A range of materials may be used incorporating drawing, oil-based and water-based media and students will consider the historical and contemporary context of the portrait in visual culture.
Materials and equipment available for purchase during the course: Estimated cost: £10 - £20 depending on usage
Essential Materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves: Estimated cost: £20 - £40 depending on usage.
The course will comprise of an intensive 5 day teaching block followed by a period of independent study in the students own time.Class hours:
Directed and Independent study: Students will be required to follow up and reflect on their learning from the classes through the completion of directed projects and their own independent study.
The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the five days, students’ progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.
For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a ‘directed study plan’ which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.
Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists or designers and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness of portraiture in visual culture. Students will be expected to demonstrate how the research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks or visual journals and practical outcomes. The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment.
All practice-based art and design 10 credit courses are assessed by the submission of a portfolio of visual art and/or design works within the discipline studied. This will include a selection of resolved art and/or design works, preparatory studies, visual research and evidence of a contextual awareness through a completed sketchbook and/or visual journal. The work must be presented in a clear and professional manner appropriate to the discipline. The submission should include work undertaken within the class as well as directed and independent study out with the class. Typically, this will comprise:
The combined submission will be assessed against the three learning outcomes for this course. These are equally weighted and each will be given a percentage grade. To pass, you must achieve a minimum of 30% in each learning outcome and an overall combined mark of 40% minimum.
If you choose to study for credit you will need to allocate significant time outwith classes for coursework and assessment preparation. Credit points gained from this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher Education.
Please contact Art and Design Studies on 0131 650 4400 if you think you have any specific study requirements that may need to be put in place to enable you to study an Art and Design Studies course. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.