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learning agreement Name: Lee-Jay Robertson

Course: BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Level: 6

Unit: Extended Major Project Reference number: GDS603 Credit points: 60 Study hours: 600 Hours Unit Leader: Roger Gould Tutor(s): Martin Coyne, Phil Jones

Synopsis of study The subject area chosen to investigate, has informed the Extended Major Project focus: Schools should be and remain a place where creativity, fun and work are part of a daily routine. Teachers and schools are finding various ways in how to influence and promote engagement and instigate interaction. However engaging with the pupils at a responsible level in a way in which it engages with them both before and after school, is what has lesser emphasise but can be of equal importance as the level of engagement within school. Based on the idea by Dave Eggers in a video called ʻonce upon a schoolʼ he talks about how his 826 Valencia tutoring centre inspired others across America to open. This video showed two sides of how the physical space can help in engaging and interacting amongst the students / pupils, by including the element of fun and play, as well as one-to-one tutoring, which resulted within a better level of engagement and results from the students and pupils. My proposal is to develop this concept and to transfer it within the UK market, as it is only currently based within the US. There are various areas that will need to be investigated and developed to allow this concept to be successful within the UK. These areas could include differing locations, audience, age groups, accessibility, availability, safety, the current economic situation, how it will function in relation to schools national curriculum and others. This concept has proven successful as well as showing potential and a model providing opportunity in working in close connection to the school system, by providing an additional school which isnʼt a school, to help build this responsibility, level of engagement and interaction, working together as a whole as well as helping future progression to further, higher education and into work; were at times work may occur outside the place of work. My defined design brief: ʻDesign a system/service that helps students aged between 14-16, who are unaware and/or struggle with the concept of responsibility and level of engagement, to help them interact and connect in a way in which it can promote the level of intuition, responsibility and association with our current demanding world of which occurs before and after schoolʼ. Lee-Jay Robertson

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This area focus I will be investigating for the Extended Major Project can provide me with the opportunities to exercise and enhance my knowledge and abilities in the development of a body of creative and technically competent work, appropriate to the course aims and criteria at level 6. What I want to do with this brief is to take this opportunity in exploring a field/subject area of investigation that I have no prior knowledge of, trying to optimise my learning ability and individually extend previous knowledge. I already have an interest into interaction and the way we engage and Interact and how different learning experiences can be taken. I feel how I can achieve the requirements and my personally aspirations for the brief is exploring the areas uncovered within the current model within America and understanding further the subject area in connection the target audience, in relation to its integration. This investigation is heavily dependant on primary research, in order to give me the story and the understanding of the need to target the design. The vehicle for assessment I feel, being a proposal based outcome, would be a hard copy of my proposal in the form of a book. In order to communicate my overall concept in understanding the choices and the overall process, the proposal Book can consist of the proposed outcome as well as its story as the topic area is heavily driven by the development and discovery process. This could include an overall realisation of the proposed concept as well as consisting of information in connection to what was discovered in connection to that of the proposal, which helps build a basis of understanding for the proposal. Apart from the overall realisation package, possible wall mounted boards can give a snapshot into the certain features of the concept, which could allow the user to get an understanding of what the concept is about briefly before reading. The underlining meaning is that I am trying to employ a similar approach as I did to that of the D&AD and RSA briefs, as I found that this helped me to develop other areas of interest and knowledge, push my personal development in relation to designing by exploring rather then preconceptions, developing myself as a designer in this way; helping extend on my previous knowledge of level 5 and asserting it within level 6.

Transferable skills Managing Self Professional Skills

Aims: A1 To provide you with the opportunities to exercise and enhance your knowledge and abilities in the development of a body of creative and technically competent work appropriate to your course aims and criteria at Level 6. A2 To provide opportunities for you to learn from the increased complexity and rigour of creative production required for this unit. A3 To encourage you to apply the advanced level of discipline and time-management, which are required during the unit. A4 To encourage you to work independently, albeit with supervision, in the development of your work, in a way which reflects contemporary professional practice. You are also encouraged to work effectively as a team member where this is demanded by your project or subject specialism.

Learning Outcomes: On completion of this unit you will be able to: LO1 Demonstrate the ability to rigorously apply specialist knowledge, understanding and creativity in the production of your extended major project. LO2 Demonstrate the ability to manage the complexity of practice demanded by the extended major project. Lee-Jay Robertson

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LO3 Demonstrate an enhanced level of discipline and ability in time-management. LO4 Demonstrate your awareness of the ethical, social and cultural issues appropriate to the concept of a responsible professional practitioner, whether working independently or as part of a team.

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Action plan/time plan Details This is an overview of all projects.

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