Desenho II - Design - Sem Ramos - Especialidades

ECTS / Credit Units
Year: 1 / 2º Semestre
Plan: 2016/17
Scientific Area: VIS
Level: Intermédio

Semestral Hour Load

Theorical-Pratical: 32.00
Pratical and Laboratorial: 48.00


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Degree having this Course

Degree - Branch Degree Plan Year
Design - Sem Ramos - Especialidades 2016/17

Teaching Staff

José Manuel da Silva Gomes
José Manuel da Silva Gomes

Ensino teórico-prático
Ensino prático e laboratorial
Valentina Vezzani
Valentina Vezzani

Responsável pelas Pautas
Ensino teórico-prático
Ensino prático e laboratorial

Course Information

Course Objectivs

This course aims to:

-Develop a capacity to observe, and identify the difference of the perceived from the real and the conceptual.

-Deepen the knowledge and use of different manual tools and techniques.

-Develop a visual and aesthetic sensitivity to empower students to act creatively, and encourage an autonomy in creating a personal visual language, also considering symbolic and poetic levels.

Evaluation Criteria

The evaluation is continuous and based on the realization of assignments of the projects.

The attendance is required of minimum 75% of the total number of lessons.

This UC follows the Model C of the UMa Student Evaluation Regulation.

Working students should attend at least 50% of the lessons in order to be evaluated. The Recurso exam only reflects 30% of the final grade.

The course is based on 2 to max. 4 quantitative evaluation. At least one of these points corresponds to an individual theoretical and critical work with 30% of the final grade. This UC predicts an autonomous effort around 10h per week.

Program Resume (get program detail)

The course is based on practical experiences, both indoor and outdoor, and integrative theoretical contributions, aimed to the "how to":

-Observation and drawing, from urban elements and space to products. The difference between the perceived and real: the construction of a grid; how to scale a drawing; the study of the morphology; from the orthogonal projection to perspective.

-Different techniques and means of representation. Quick hand sketching and illustration: exploring the use of pens, ink, colours, collages on different supports and experimenting engraving techniques, such as lino printing.

-Lines and textures. Lines and marks as grammatical elements of the representation.c

-The support for the representation. Paper types; standards of page sizes and folding.

-Colour. Basics about colour perception and communication aspects; experimenting colour interactions and contrasts; notions about colour systems and collections; experimenting the creation of a colour palette.

-The representation of moods, messages, concepts, objects and spaces through the use of different lines, marks, colour, textures, materials and techniques.

-Visual storytelling.

Main Bibliography

ALBERS, J. (1975) Interaction of Colour (Revised Edition), Yale University

ARNHEIM, R. (1986) Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye, University of California Press, Los Angeles

DE SAUSMAREZ, J. (2008) Basic Colour. A Practical Handbook, Herbert Press, London

HACHEN, M. (2007) Scienza della Visione. Spazio e Gestalt, design e comunicazione, Apogeo, Milano

HOBBS, J. (2013) Sketch Your World. Essential Techniques for Drawing on Location, Apple, London

MALAMED, C. (2015) Visual Design Solutions: Principles and Creative Inspiration for Learning Professionals, John Wiley & Sons Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey

MALE, A. (2007) Illustration: a theoretical and contextual perspective, AVA Publishing, Lausanne

MUNARI, B. (2015) Artista e designer, Ediçoes70, Coimbra

MUNARI, B. (2014)Design e Comunicação Visual, Ediçoes70, Coimbra

Other Biographical Sources / Support Documents

Anita Taylor, Why drawing needs to be a curriculum essential, The Guardian,

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REES, D. & BLECHMAN, N. (2014). How to be an Illustrator, Laurence King Publishing Ltd, London.

MARZOTTO, C. (2007) Proto tipi. Farsi una stamperia, Stampa Alternativa & Graffiti.

How to Draw... by The Guardian

Drawing Research Network

Proceedings CONFIA 2015, 2016, 2017



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