AD3023 - Design Portfolio Skills

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module, you will build a portfolio demonstrating and evidencing the broad range of academic, professional and transferable employability skills you have developed throughout the Design Foundation Year. These will include demonstrations of core design skills, cogent academic prose, accurate academic citation, research skills, critical reflection, independent learning, oral presentation, and teamwork. You will develop this portfolio throughout the year, identifying key skills in design, drawing evidence from work you conduct in your other design modules, and from workshops and seminars from this year long module.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn on the module through a stimulating range of seminars and workshops covering a range of core skills and topics, some of which are directly informed by research conducted by staff. Your learning will build core creative themes and academic skills through individual and group creative projects supporting you as a student in design. Sessions will be delivered by the module team to ensure you benefit from their particular expertise across a range of disciplines. You will develop your own portfolio showcasing the academic and professional skills you have acquired, evidenced from a range of the work you undertake across the Design Foundation Year modules and programme.

You will be able to achieve the module learning outcomes by attending lectures and seminars and undertaking the assignments. Additionally, you will develop foundational knowledge in research skills, time management, IT skills, critical thinking and evaluation as well as academic communication skills.

In addition to learning during contact hours with the module tutors, you will undertake directed learning of the preparatory activities as well as independent learning. Independent learning generally will take the form of further reading and research, the consolidation of session materials and the completion of assessments.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module handbook provides details of sessions, reading lists and assessment criteria. Lecture learning materials are made available on the e-learning portal. Module tutors will be available in taught sessions, as well as in feedback and consultation hours and by email, to discuss any queries or concerns you have about how to excel academically on the module. Moreover, feedback on formative work and the first summative assessments will also serve as ‘feed forward’, giving guidance on how to improve during the module. In addition, you have a designated Personal Guidance Tutor throughout the entire duration of your programme. The academic side of the Personal Guidance Tutor’s role includes:
• monitoring your ongoing academic progress
• helping you to develop self-reflection skills necessary for continuous academic development
• directing you to further available services which can help them with their academic skills (e.g. Library’s Skills Plus)

You are advised to see your Personal Guidance Tutor at least twice each semester to review your academic progress.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding
1. Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of fundamental principles and approaches that are common across all design practices.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities
2. Select, curate, organise and present information and finished work to graduate standards in your portfolio presentations, written and digital assignments.

3. Demonstrate your ability to learn independently, work collaboratively and manage time and commitments well.

Personal Values Attributes
4. In describing your personal development as a designer, evidence a growing awareness of and appreciation for the relevance of broader cultural contexts, design movements and contemporary debates.

How will I be assessed?

Formative:
Portfolio Review:
Each semester you will meet with the module tutor to review the progress of your portfolio of work, and discuss further development. This will include individual feedback on how to improve your work and satisfy the assessment criteria. (MLO 1-4)

Summative:
Summative assessment of your work will be based in part on the quality of your portfolio skills (MLO2; 60%), and in part on portfolio content relating to this module that evidences critical and reflective writing, independent research, oral presentation individually and in groups, and teamwork. (40%)

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

AD3024 20 Sem 1 Graphic Design – Foundation Project
AD3025 20 Sem 1 Product Design – Foundation Project
AD3026 20 Sem 2 Fashion Design – Foundation

Module abstract

This year-long module enables you to build a design portfolio evidencing a broad range of creative, academic, professional and transferable employability skills that will set you up for a career in design. In this module, you will gain knowledge in the fundamental principles of design and abilities in writing, research, presentation, and teamwork. You will draw on evidence from the Design practices in your other modules, and from specific workshops about building skills to thrive and succeed Specialist Design staff will guide your knowledge and understanding of the requirements of being a university student. Specialist Workshop technical staff will introduce you to the workshop environment and a range of Learning technologies that will support your studies. Drawing on their own research interests and practices and using Technology Enhanced Learning your tutors will guide you in the acquisition of essential skills and knowledge needed to develop your own skills as a designer, as well as a portfolio of work that showcases practice-based and academic achievements gained while studying on the Design Foundation Year programme. This will be followed by a critical reflection of your experiences of the design disciplines and how this will inform your choices for further study.

What will I learn on this module?

On this module, you will build a portfolio demonstrating and evidencing the broad range of academic, professional and transferable employability skills you have developed throughout the Design Foundation Year. These will include demonstrations of core design skills, cogent academic prose, accurate academic citation, research skills, critical reflection, independent learning, oral presentation, and teamwork. You will develop this portfolio throughout the year, identifying key skills in design, drawing evidence from work you conduct in your other design modules, and from workshops and seminars from this year long module.

Course info

UCAS Code W270

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Northumbria School of Design

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020 or September 2021

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