University of Technology Sydney

88821 Global Studio: Design Animation A

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

In this subject students engage in an overseas study visit to gain broader understanding of cultural diversity and their chosen discipline.

This subject offers an important insight into how different cultures and societies function, and exposes students to a diverse series of approaches to animation. Students learn about different social attitudes, experience alternative approaches to the production and consumption of animation, and work with practitioners, educators and fellow students.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate evidence of student absorption and reflection upon alternative cultural experiences.
2. Develop narrative outcomes from primary research.
3. Produce a significant body of observational drawings.
4. Communicate written and visual insights gained through the Global Studio experience.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to position work within a wider social and cultural context (A.2)
  • Ability to communicate ideas clearly and effectively in verbal and visual presentations (C.2)
  • Ability to develop unique aesthetic and movement languages for animation (I.2)
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of craft and production values across all methods of animation process (P.2)
  • Ability to undertake primary and secondary research, exploring a wide range of visual and textual materials, and connect research process to final outcomes (R.1)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The term CAPRI is used for the five Design, Architecture and Building graduate attribute categories where:

C = communication and group work
A = attitudes and values
P = practical and professional
R = research and critique
I = innovation and creativity

This subject encourages student learning to develop these graduate attributes. The course content, learning strategies and assessment structure is explicitly designed with these attributes in mind.

Teaching and learning strategies

Intensive global studio in overseas location over 8 to 12 days.

The main objectives for this subject are the development of a broader cultural awareness through exposure to different societies abroad and to engage directly with institutions and students from related design disciplines. This program emphasises observational drawing, international networking and participation in a wide range of cultural activities to build a global perspective within an individual's design practice. The Global Studio provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in another design and educational culture.

Students participate in a range of activities, events and workshops from which they produce a primary research document in the form of a visual journal that contains observational drawings, written observations and reflections, and interesting forms of ephemera from their travels. This primary research is then used to develop refined narrative outcomes that are a response to the cultural experience of the global studio. 80% attendance at all activities is required.

Field trips / Site Visits
The tour will include visits to design studios, workshops, museums, galleries and exhibitions. This block-mode subject is delivered through a group of site visits and involves self-directed learning. The site visits form the focus for discussion forums that inform individual investigation of sites visited. As well as noting discussion there is an expectation that students record aspects of each experience visually to include in their reflective diary. After individual visits, students are required to reflect on the knowledge gained from other resources compared to that experience.

Collaborative learning
UTS believes that collaborative peer learning enhances students' understanding of subject areas. Students are encouraged to work in discussion clusters and teams throughout the tour to support each other's learning.

Online coursework
A number of online resources are accessible from UTS Online.

Pre-readings provide a framework for understanding and avenues for expression related to the experiences on the tour. The tour will be supported by a list of recommended readings which will situate the conceptual rationale for the tour and encourage broader understanding. Online resources assist in the strategic selection of presentation topics and provide support for developing and refining ideas.

Studio / Practical work / Assessment
Students will undertake a practical engagement with the tour through the creative outcomes specified in the assessment tasks. See additional handouts for more details. All Assessment briefs are accessible from UTS Online. The subject is designed based on progressive development across its assessment tasks. In this sense it is wise for students to engage with their academic leaders and be aware of the work of other students.

Feedback
Because of the intensity of the trip only low-stakes verbal feedback is offered during the study tour. It is the student’s responsibility to record any feedback received during critique sessions and meetings. Written feedback and summative grades are given through ReView.

Content (topics)

  • Workshops with institutional partners
  • Studio visits
  • Cultural experiences
  • Museum and gallery visits
  • Observational drawing

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Visual Journal plus Attendance and participation in Global Studio activities

Intent:

Students attend and participate in events, leading to daily reflective practice in the form of a visual journal.

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 3 and 4

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

A.2, C.2 and R.1

Type: Journal
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Evidence of ability to absorb and reflect upon alternative cultural experiences. 33 1 A.2
Quality production of a significant body of observational drawings. 33 4 R.1
Ability to communicate written and visual insights gained through the Global Studio experience. 34 3 C.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Refined Visual Outcome

Intent:

Visual Response to Global Studio Experience

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 2, 3 and 4

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

A.2, I.2, P.2 and R.1

Type: Design/drawing/plan/sketch
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Connection between cultural and social experiences and visual outcome 25 1 A.2
Connection between primary research and visual outcome 25 2 R.1
Ability to translate observations into visual outcomes 25 3 I.2
Quality of final narrative outcome 25 4 P.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

Minimum of 80% attendence and participation in activities is required. Students must report to their designated Group Leader each day and must be punctual in attending the activity at the time stated on the detailed itinerary.