The Political Cartoon

14 Sep

Political Cartoons

Have a look at for some examples of student’s work from last year.

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Codes: DESI 1115 [3D] and DESI 1109 [GD] Architecture & Construction

George Cruikshank (27/9/1792 – 1/2/1878, England) George Cruikshank is considered by some to be one of the best illustrators that Britain has produced. He could draw as soon as he could write. From the beginning he was concerned with satire, achieving public notice with painting theatre backdrops. His political caricature work was soon overtaken by his work as a book illustrator. His best known work was for Charles Dickens with ‘Oliver Twist’.

Communication Media for Design Department.

Course Title: Art & Design in Context [1]

Course Co-ordinator: Mark Ingham

Level: 1                               Credit: 15        Assessment weighting: 25%

Introduction & Rationale

Design has grown into a discipline that involves everything from print to architecture and new media. Designers need a broad understanding of the histories of art and design and the issues of visual culture in order to remain relevant. Advertisements, posters, logos, magazines and films can be held up as signposts of artistic, commercial and technological achievement and should be preserved and studied for their historical, cultural and contextual relevance. This course introduces students to the field of inquiry and further develops their design literacy skills.

Background and Aims

It is important to understand the social, historical, theoretical and creative contexts in which design ideas and products are being and have been produced. The past helps artists and designers understand the present contexts in which their work is made. Ideas, images, people, products, events from the past and present are sources of inspiration for us all.


•   To introduce the students to the histories of art & design.

•   To introduce the psychological context of art and design and the medium of


•   To introduce the key social and professional concerns affecting the design field.

•   To introduce the students to methods of analysis and evaluation

Learning Outcomes

On completing the course students will have:

•   A good knowledge of the history of art and design.

•   Knowledge of specialised aspects of the subject area.

•   An insight into social, political and global design issues.

•   To develop initial skills in design literacy, critical analysis and comment.


You will be given a series of research based briefs throughout the term. These will help you with your research skills and give you an understanding of how to contextualise your own work. You will also be asked to write a series of postcards about a chosen artist

Learning and Teaching Activities

Lectures and seminars


Gallery and museum visits



What will be Assessed

Two studio-based projects: Political Cartoons and Time Travel (25% each)

Research/writing project: Postcard essay (25%)

Construction of Portfolio and WordPress Blog(25%)

By Steve Bell, who is an award-winning cartoonist. The Steve Bell cartoon website is

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