Current Course Specifications for 2016-17. For Archived Course Specs, please see Course Specifications 2015-16.

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Credits within Course Specifications are listed as SCQF credits. Further information and comparison tables for SCQF credits can be found here.

In EU institutions, the ECTS scheme operates: 2 SCQF credits = 1 ECTS

Please note that these are the current specifications for session 2016/17 and may be subject to amendment for session 2017/18.

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Undergraduate Course Specifications

 
Bachelor of Architecture (Hons)

Stage 1 (Year 1)

Studio Work 1
Architectural Technology 1
History of Architecture and Urban Studies (HAUS) 1
Studio Practices 1

Stage 2 (Year 2)

Studio Work 2
Architectural Technology 2
History of Architecture and Urban Studies (HAUS) 2
Studio Practices 2

Stage 3 (Year 3)

Studio Work 3
Architectural Technology 3
History of Architecture and Urban Studies (HAUS) 3
Professional Studies 3
Interdisciplinary Design 3

Stage 4 (Year 5)

Studio Work 4
Architectural Technology 4
Research Project 4
Professional Studies 4

Diploma in Architecture

Stage 4 (Year 1)

Studio Work 4
Architectural Technology 4
Research Project 4
Professional Studies 4

Stage 5 (Year 2)

Final Design Thesis 5
Architectural Technology 5
Professional Studies 5
Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)

 

BA (Hons) Communication Design

Stage 1

Studio 1
Design Domain 1
FoCI 1 - Cross School Course
FoCI 1 - Places, Economies, Cultures

Stage 2

Studio 2
Design Domain 2
FoCI 2 - Origins, Histories and Consequences of Design
FoCI 2 - Exploring Cultures in Art, Design and Architecture

Stage 3

Studio 3
Design Domain 3
FoCI 3 - Contexts of Critical Inquiry in Art and Design: Situation, Relation, Research
FoCI 3 - Approaches to Research in Art and Design Criticism

Stage 4

Studio 4 (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Curatorial Rationale)
FoCI 4 - (Critical Journal)

Studio 4 (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 - (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 External Critical Journal

 

BA (Hons) Communication Design (Singapore)

Stage 3

Studio 3 
Design Domain 3
FoCI 3 - Approaches to Research in Art and Design Criticism
FoCI 3 - Contexts of Critical Inquiry in Art and Design: Situation, Relation, Research
Overseas Immersion Project

Stage 4

Studio 4 (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Curatorial Rationale)
FoCI 4 - (Critical Journal)

Studio 4 (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 - (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 - (Extended Critical Journal)

 

BA (Hons) Fine Art (Painting & Printmaking/ Photography/ Sculpture & Environmental Art)

Stage 1

Studio 1
FoCI 1 - Cross School Course
FoCI 1 - Places, Economies, Cultures
FoCI 1 - From the Classical to the Postmodern

Stage 2

Studio 2
FoCI 2 - Exploring Cultures in Art, Design and Architecture
FoCI 2 - Exploring the Discipline: Ideas, Materials, Forms

Stage 3

Studio 3
FoCI 3 - Contexts of Critical Inquiry in Art and Design: Situation, Relation, Research
FoCI 3 - Approaches to Research in Art and Design Criticism

Stage 4

Studio 4 (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Curatorial Rationale)
FoCI 4 - (Critical Journal)

Studio 4 (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 - (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 External Critical Journal

 

Cert HE  Portfolio Preparation

UCON101 - Portfolio Preparation

International Foundation

Foundation Studio - Art & Design
FoCI 1 - Cross School Course
Foundation Skills - English

OR

FoCI 1 - Places, Economies, Cultures

FoCI 1 - From the Classical to the Postmodern



BA (Hons) Interior Design

Stage 1

Studio 1

Design Domain 1
FoCI 1 - Cross School Course
FoCI 1 - Places, Economies, Cultures

Stage 2

Studio 2
Design Domain 2
FoCI 2 - Origins, Histories and Consequences of Design
FoCI 2 - Exploring Cultures in Art, Design and Architecture

Stage 3

Studio 3
Design Domain 3
FoCI 3 - Contexts of Critical Inquiry in Art and Design: Situation, Relation, Research
FoCI 3 - Approaches to Research in Art and Design Criticism

Stage 4

Studio 4 (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Curatorial Rationale)
FoCI 4 - (Critical Journal)

Studio 4 (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 - (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 External Critical Journal

 

 

 

BA (Hons) Interior Design (Singapore)

Stage 3

Studio 3 
Design Domain 3
FoCI 3 - Approaches to Research in Art and Design Criticism
FoCI 3 - Contexts of Critical Inquiry in Art and Design: Situation, Relation, Research
Overseas Immersion Project

Stage 4

Studio 4 (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Curatorial Rationale)
FoCI 4 - (Critical Journal)

Studio 4 (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 - (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 - (Extended Critical Journal)

 

 

BA (Hons) Silversmithing & Jewellery

Stage 1

Studio 1

Design Domain 1
FoCI 1 - Cross School Course
FoCI 1 - Places, Economies, Cultures

Stage 2

Studio 2
Design Domain 2
FoCI 2 - Origins, Histories and Consequences of Design
FoCI 2 - Exploring Cultures in Art, Design and Architecture

Stage 3

Studio 3
Design Domain 3
FoCI 3 - Contexts of Critical Inquiry in Art and Design: Situation, Relation, Research
FoCI 3 - Approaches to Research in Art and Design Criticism

Stage 4

Studio 4 (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Curatorial Rationale)
FoCI 4 - (Critical Journal)

Studio 4 (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 - (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 External Critical Journal

 

 

BA (Hons) Interaction Design

Stage 1

Studio 1

Design Domain 1
FoCI 1 - Cross School Course
FoCI 1 - Places, Economies, Cultures

Stage 2

Studio 2
Design Domain 2
FoCI 2 - Origins, Histories and Consequences of Design
FoCI 2 - Exploring Cultures in Art, Design and Architecture

Stage 3

Studio 3
Design Domain 3
FoCI 3 - Contexts of Critical Inquiry in Art and Design: Situation, Relation, Research
FoCI 3 - Approaches to Research in Art and Design Criticism

Stage 4

Studio 4 (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Curatorial Rationale)
FoCI 4 - (Critical Journal)

Studio 4 (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 - (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 External Critical Journal

 

 

 

BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Stage 1

Studio 1

Design Domain 1
FoCI 1 - Cross School Course
FoCI 1 - Places, Economies, Cultures

Stage 2

Studio 2
Design Domain 2
FoCI 2 - Origins, Histories and Consequences of Design
FoCI 2 - Exploring Cultures in Art, Design and Architecture

Stage 3

Studio 3
Design Domain 3
FoCI 3 - Contexts of Critical Inquiry in Art and Design: Situation, Relation, Research
FoCI 3 - Approaches to Research in Art and Design Criticism

Stage 4

Studio 4 (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Curatorial Rationale)
FoCI 4 - (Critical Journal)

Studio 4 (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 - (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 External Critical Journal

 

 

 

BA (Hons) Textile Design

Stage 1

Studio 1

Design Domain 1
FoCI 1 - Cross School Course
FoCI 1 - Places, Economies, Cultures

Stage 2

Studio 2
Design Domain 2
FoCI 2 - Origins, Histories and Consequences of Design
FoCI 2 - Exploring Cultures in Art, Design and Architecture

Stage 3

Studio 3
Design Domain 3
FoCI 3 - Contexts of Critical Inquiry in Art and Design: Situation, Relation, Research
FoCI 3 - Approaches to Research in Art and Design Criticism

Stage 4

Studio 4 (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Essay)
FoCI 4 - (Curatorial Rationale)
FoCI 4 - (Critical Journal)

Studio 4 (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 - (Dissertation)
FoCI 4 External Critical Journal

 

 

BDes/MDes (Hons) Product Design

Stage 1

Making, Modelling & Using
FoCI 1 - Cross School Course
FoCI 1 - Places, Economies, Cultures
FoCI 1 - From the Classical to the Postmodern
Social Sciences I

Stage 2

Interactions & Experiences
FoCI 2 - Origins, Histories and Consequences of Design
FoCI 2 - Exploring Cultures in Art, Design and Architecture
Languages for PD
Social Sciences II

Stage 3

Culture, Context & Client
FoCI 3 - Contexts of Critical Inquiry in Art and Design: Situation, Relation, Research
FoCI 3 - Approaches to Research in Art and Design Criticism
Social Sciences III
Design Theory 3

Stage 4

Autonomy, Creativity & Expertise
PD Dissertation
Social Sciences IV

Stage 5

Design in Culture & Context
Dissertation
Professing Practice

 

BEng/MEng (Hons) Product Design Engineering

(UoG - course provided by the University of Glasgow)

Stage 1

Product Design Engineering 1
Engineering Mathematics EE1X (UoG)
Engineering Mathematics EE1Y (UoG)
Applied Mechanics 1 (UoG)
Communication 1 (UoG)
Materials M1 (UoG)
Thermo & Fluid Mechanics (UoG)

Stage 2

Product Design Engineering 2
Applicable Mathematics 2A (UoG)
Applicable Mathematics 2B (UoG)
Applied Mechanics 2 (UoG)
Engineering Computing M2 (UoG)
Electrical Power Engineering 2 (UoG)
Power Electronics 2 (UoG)
Materials 2 (UoG)
Thermodynamics M2 (UoG)
Fluid Mechanics M1F (UoG)

Stage 3

Product Design Engineering 3
Dynamics, Control M3 (UoG)
Heat Transfer M3 (UoG)
Mechanics of Materials and Structures M3 (UoG)
Mathematical Modelling and Simulation M3 (UoG)
Materials and Manufacturing M3 (UoG)
Marketing E1 (UoG)

Stage 4

Advanced Materials Technology P4 (UoG)
Microelectronics in Consumer Products P4 (UoG)
Mechanics of Solids and Structures M4 (UoG)
Design and Technology Studies P4 (UoG)
Integrated System Design Project (UoG)
Product Design Engineering 4M

Stage 5

Applied Design Systems P5 (UoG)
Human Factors P5 (UoG)
Mechanics of Solids and Structures M5 (UoG)
Product Design Engineering 5M
Lasers and Electro-optic Systems M4 (UoG)

 

Postgraduate Course Specifications

Master of Architectural Studies

Stage 1

Research Paper 1
Individual Research Project Report (Pathway)

Core Research Skills Elective (see below)

Stage 2

Research Paper 2
Individual Research Project Feasibility Report (Pathway)

Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)

Stage 3

Individual Research Project (Pathway)


MSc in Environmental Architecture

Stage 1

Theory of Environmental Architecture
Environmental Design and Analysis in Architecture
Building Performance Evaluation
Core Research Skills for Postgraduates

Stage 2

Energy, Comfort and Health
Dissertation Proposal / Design Thesis Proposal
Technical Research Paper
GSA PGT Elective

Stage 3

Dissertation / Design Thesis

 

Master of Fine Art

Stage 1

MFA Core Course I: Critical Review of Studio Practice

Core Research Skills Elective (see below)

 

Stage 2

MFA  Core Course II: Exploring Studio Practice

Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)

 

Stage 3

MFA Core Course III: Consolidating Studio Practice

MFA Core Course IV: Theorising Studio Practice 

Elective Course One of the following options to be selected:

a) MFA Elective- Extended Studio Practice
b) MFA Elective - Extended Theory
c) Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)

 

Master of Design in Communication Design

Stage 1

Design Theory: CCCP
Critical Reflection on Proposals

Core Research Skills Elective (see below)

 

Stage 2

Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)
Contextualising Design Studio Practice

 

Stage 3

Consolidation of Studio Practice
Critical Reflective Journal
Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)


  

Master of Design in Design Innovation & Environmental Design

Stage 1

Core Research Skills Elective (see below)
Design Theory: CCCP
Parallel Project

Stage 2

Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)

Environmental Design

Studio 2

Stage 3

Research Project

 

Master of Design in Design Innovation & Service Design

Stage 1

Core Research Skills Elective (see below)
Design Theory: CCCP
Parallel Project

Stage 2

Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)

Service Design

Studio 2

Stage 3

Research Project

 

 

Master of Design in Design Innovation & Citizenship

Stage 1

Core Research Skills Elective (see below)
Design Theory: CCCP
Parallel Project

Stage 2

Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)

Citizenship Design

Studio 2

Stage 3

Research Project

Master of Design in Design Innovation & Transformation Design

Stage 1

Core Research Skills Elective (ADM only, see below)
Design Theory: CCCP
Parallel Project

Stage 2

Postgraduate Taught Elective (ADM only, see below)

Transformation Design

Studio 2

Stage 3

Research Project

 

Master of Design in Design Innovation & Interaction Design

Stage 1

Core Research Skills Elective (ADM only, see below)
Design Theory: CCCP
Parallel Project

Stage 2

Postgraduate Taught Elective (ADM only, see below)

Interaction Design

Studio 2

Stage 3

Research Project

 

Master of Design in Design Innovation & Colllaborative Creativity

Stage 1

Core Research Skills Elective (ADM only, see below)
Design Theory: CCCP
Parallel Project

Stage 2

Postgraduate Taught Elective (ADM only, see below)

Collaborative Creativity Design

Studio 2

Stage 3

Research Project

Master of Design in Fashion and Textiles

Stage 1

Studio Practice 1 - Origination and Investigation
Design Theory: CCCP
Core Research Skills Elective (see below)

Stage 2

Studio Practice 2 - Experimentation and Progression
Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)

Stage 3

Studio Practice 3 - Evaluation and Resolution
 

Master of Design in Graphics, Illustration and Photography

Stage 1

Core Research Skills Elective (see below)
Design Theory: CCCP
Critical Reflection on Proposals

Stage 2

Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)
MDes Core: Contextualising Design Studio Practice

Stage 3

MDes Core: Final Portfolio
MDes Core: Critical Reflective Journal

 

Master of Design in Interior Design

Stage 1

Core Research Skills Elective (see below)
Design Theory: CCCP
Core 1: Interface (Context and Cooperation)

Stage 2

Core 2:  Critical Surveying (Scope and Intention)
Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)

Stage 3

Research Project

 

Master of Design in Sound for the Moving Image

Stage 1

Sound for the Moving Image 1
Sound Theory and Film Studies
Core Research Skills Elective (see below)

Stage 2

Sound for the Moving Image 2
2 x Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)

Stage 3

Masters Research Project and Report

 

MLitt in Fine Art Practice

Stage 1

MLitt Core Course I: Origination 1
Core Research Skills Elective (see below)

Stage 2

MLitt Core Course II: Investigation 1
Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)

 

Stage 3

MLitt Core Course III: Consolidation 1

 

MLitt in Curatorial Review

 

Stage 1

Curatorial Practice 1

 

Stage 2

Curatorial Practice 2

GSA Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)

OR

UoG Postgraduate Taught Elective

 

Stage 3

Masters Project in Curatorial Practice 1

OR

Masters Project in Curatorial Practice 2

OR

Curatorial Practice - Dissertation

 

Master of Research in Creative Practices

Stage 1

Core Research Skills Elective (see below)
The Practice of Research
Methodologies, Methods and Techniques

Stage 2

The Process of Research
Training the Self
2 x Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)

Stage 3

Personal Research Project

 

MSc in Product Design Engineering

Semester 1

Core Research Skills Elective (see below)
PDE Introduction Project
Advanced Manufacture (UoG)
Microelectronics in Consumer Products (UoG)

Semester 2

PDE Human Factors
Integrated Engineering Design (UoG)
GSA Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)

Optional courses (10 credits selected from the following):

Software Engineering (UoG)
Instrumentation & Data Systems (UoG)

PDE Final Project

 

MSc in Visualisation

International Heritage Visualisation

Stage 1

Core Research Skills Elective (see below)
3D Modelling and Animation
Interactive Heritage Visualisation
Digital Documentation of Cultural Heritage

Stage 2

Data Acquisition and Processing
2 x Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)

Stage 3

Research Project

Medical Visualisation & Human Anatomy

Stage 1

Core Research Skills Elective (see below)
3D Modelling and Animation
Applications in Medical Visualisation
Volumetric Visualisation

Stage 2

Introduction to Anatomy
Structure and Function of the Human Body
Cadaveric Dissection Techniques

Stage 3

Research Project

Serious Games Development & Virtual Reality

Stage 1

Core Research Skills Elective (see below)
Games Programming
Serious Games Design and Research
Interactive Heritage Visualisation

OR

Applications in Medical Visualisation

Stage 2

Motion Capture & Interaction
Audio for Games & Interactive Applications
Serious Game Development
Postgraduate Taught Elective (see below)

 

Stage 3

Research Project

 

PG Cert in Learning and Teaching

Course 1

Learning and Teaching in Context

Course 2

Theory and the Practice of Learning and Teaching in the Creative Practices

Course 3

The Project

 

PG Cert in Supervision

Course 1 (SS)

SS course menu (courses specific to each discipline and developed by an interested partner institution) 
SS1a: Art, Design and Architecture Research (GSA)
SS1b: Performing Arts Research and the Doctorate Rationale (The Scottish Conservatoire)

Course 2

Supervisor Development

Course 3

Pedagogies and Contexts for Supervision

 

Core Research Skills for Postgraduates Electives

Academic Skills for Masters Research
Analysis and Self Analysis
Archives and Historical Research
Preparing To Do Creative Business
Design Process Journal
Drawing as Research
Philosophy and Creative Practice
Popular Culture Creative Practice
Research Primer for Architects
The Sociological Imagination
User Centred Research for Design & Alternative Delevery Method Version
Visual Mapping & Alternative Delevery Method Version
Writing in Art, Design and Architecture

Postgraduate Taught Electives

Adorno To Zizek: An A to Z of Critical Theory
Aesthetics in Creative Practices
Afterlife of the Author
Architectural Design and Design Theory
Art Theory and Practice since 1960
Building Energy Modelling
Comic Books
Culture in International Contexts
Digital Culture
Energy, Comfort and Health
Environmental Design
Experimental Film
Film-making Process
Interaction Design
Mapping the City
Music For Picture
Objective Analysis and Subjective Interpretation of Visual Art and Artefacts
Politics and Creative Practices
Psychoanalysis in Art and Culture
Sense-Space
Silversmithing - Jewellery - Metals
Sound Culture
The History of Art and Money
Transformation Design
Writing for Exhibitions
Advanced 3D Modelling
Design Ethnography in Practice & Alternative Delivery Method Version
The Designer in Place & Alternative Delivery Method Version
Design Process Portfolio

Introduction to Modelling and Animation

 

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