Design Practice I

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Design Practice I

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study

    Graphic Design

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Module Provider: Typography
    Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
    Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
    Non-modular pre-requisites:
    Modules excluded:
    Module version for: 2014/5
    Module Convenor: Mr Eric Kindel
    Summary module description:
    An introduction to the practice of typography and graphic communication.
    The module aims to develop the practice of graphic communication through projects emphasising strategies and skills of visualization and making.
    Assessable learning outcomes:
    By the end of the course students should be able to:
    ? demonstrate a range of making skills associated with design practice, and relate and apply these to the needs of specific design tasks;
    ? demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate choice and use of manual and digital tools and applications for designers, as applied to different categories of practical design work;
    ? select and use appropriate software applications to realise basic practical design solutions effectively;
    ? demonstrate confidence in employing strategies of visualisation to arrive at appropriate solutions.
    Additional outcomes:
    By the end of the module students should additionally have:
    ? developed time management skills;
    ? acquired the ability to present and discuss work.
    Outline content:
    The module will typically consist of between four to six projects that cover a broad range of design tasks. Students will be asked to design a variety of artefacts for different purposes. These will provide the means to explore aspects of graphic communication that emphasise: image creation or choice; the creation and deployment of graphic form, space and hierarchy; effects of scale and viewing distance; the meaning and use of colour; the structuring and editing of text, and the deployment of a range of typographic variables. The module will integrate methods of making associated with design practice, including the use of appropriate tools, materials and techniques for constructing models, prototypes, mock-ups and other emulations.
    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    Practical studio projects typically consist of a briefing session, where the task is described and working methods discussed; interim session(s) during which students will have the opportunity to discuss their progress with tutors; workshop sessions focussing on aspects of making; and a closing session involving a review of work done and an opportunity to discuss what has been learnt.
    Contact hours:
    Autumn Spring
    Tutorials 3 3
    Practicals classes and workshops 17 17
    Guided independent study 80 80
    Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
    Total hours for module 200.00
    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Method Percentage
    Project output other than dissertation 100
    Other information on summative assessment:
    All practical projects are completed during Autumn and Spring terms and submitted according to an established schedule. Feedback for each project is given during and after the project; a mark is given after project submission. The percentage contribution of individual projects to the module mark is stated in the relevant briefing documents. A Department specific (University approved) form of step-marking is employed.
    Formative assessment methods:
    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    Length of examination:
    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% must be achieved in the assessed coursework.
    Reassessment arrangements:
    Practical project work that did not achieve a passing mark must be resubmitted in August/September; exact date to be notified.
    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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