DISCOVERY
COURSES

These courses are designed with leading figures in industry and academia to prepare students for life beyond the classroom. Underpinning all of these courses is the idea of interdisciplinary learning. Many of the most significant challenges, advances, innovations and discoveries in the world today are at the interface of disciplines and traditional academic subjects. While the courses will be unique, each one will be framed around one, or more, of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Why should I take a Discovery Course?

Many of the most significant challenges, advances, innovations and discoveries in the world today are at the interface of disciplines and traditional academic subjects. Our Discovery Courses allow you to explore current and complex issues from a range of perspectives, so that you can play an active role as an informed global citizen. The knowledge and skills developed through these courses is also useful in a range of specific endeavors, including university and job applications.

Activist Fashion

February 10 - April 10

Design for Wellbeing

February 10 - April 10

Discovering Data

February 10 - April 10

Crossing The Rubicon

February 10 - April 10

Equilibrium

February 10 - April 10

activist
Fashion

Course Description

According to the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion, the fashion industry is responsible for: 8-10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, 20% of industrial wastewater pollution worldwide, and $500 billion of lost value each year due to clothing underutilisation and lack of recycling.

In this Discovery Course, we will look to the louder, uninhibited, and controversial medium of Street Art as inspiration for wearables that speak to the issues of sustainability in fashion. Using research methods including sketching, collage, and mark making, you will create wearable concepts that express your own personal narrative on fashion and sustainability.

To enrol in this course, you must be a current pupil age 16+. To begin the enrolment process, please fill out the “Indication of Interest” form.

For a preview of the course content, click the link below. The Activist Fashion course is endorsed by Johnstons of Elgin.

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Instructor Bio

Cath Kelly is the current Head of Art and Design at Dollar Academy as well as Senior Marker and Team Leader at SQA. A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art with a Masters in Fine Art, she has a particular focus in developing new courses within the current SQA framework, linking Creative Industries to Art and Design teaching practice.

COURSE DATES

This course will run for the first time from September 21-November 9, 2020, with a two week break for the October holiday from October 5-16. Students will meet with their instructor virtually for approximately one hour per week (outside of school hours), and will be expected to spend around four to five hours per week on Discovery coursework.

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If you are interested in finding out more about this course, please use the “Indication of Interest” form below to contact the instructor, Cath Kelly.

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Design for Wellbeing

Course Description

The way humans experience and perceive the weather is due in a large part to the way architecture is designed -- from the thick rock walls and grass roofs at the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae in Orkney that provided warmth and protection from icy Atlantic winds, to the Blur Building by DS+R, which immersed people in an ever-changing atmosphere of fog.

Using the Scottish bothy as our unit of scale and Scottish weather as our inspiration, students in this short course will design architectural interventions that address our complex (and tenuous) psychological relationship with climate.  Can we create structures that harness, interact with, and respond to specific weather conditions in order to promote positive mental health and wellbeing?

To enrol in this course, you must be a current senior school pupil age 16+. To begin the enrolment process, please fill out the “Indication of Interest” form.

For a preview of the course content, click the link below. The Design for Wellbeing course is endorsed by Andrew Whalley, Chairman of Grimshaw Architects.

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Instructor Bio

Fraser Muirhead is an experienced teacher of Art and Design at Dollar Academy, with a specific specialism and interest in Design disciplines and the fostering of creative thinking and confident practical skills. He works as an SQA Advanced Higher marker and is an Accredited Jewellery Professional who has exhibited in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Philadelphia, and London.

COURSE DATES

This course will run for the first time from September 21-November 9, 2020, with a two week break for the October holiday from October 5-16. Students will meet with their instructor virtually for approximately one hour per week (outside of school hours), and will be expected to spend around four to five hours per week on Discovery coursework.

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If you are interested in finding out more about this course, please use the “Indication of Interest” form below to contact the instructor, Fraser Muirhead.

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Discovering Data

Course Description

Recent world events have brought the importance of communicating and understanding data to the forefront of our society. From government presentations on COVID-19 through to using our fitness trackers, the requirement to critically engage with data and its presentation and analysis is an increasingly important skill in society and the modern work place. This discovery course covers an introduction to data science though introducing learners to general data literacy, analysis and communication skills.

This course would suit learners with an interest in how data is used to inform decisions. Learners following the SQA National Progress Award in Data Science will find this course particularly helpful and enriching.

To enrol in this course, you must be a current pupil age 16+. To begin the enrolment process, please fill out the “Indication of Interest” form.

For a preview of the course content, click the link below. The Activist Fashion course is endorsed by Johnstons of Elgin.

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Instructor Bio

John Hamilton is the current Head of Mathematics at Dollar Academy. A graduate of Edinburgh University, John has a specific interest in data and their use to inform decisions. A Masters in Operational Research has led him to specialise in communicating and leading strategic change within organisations. Data Science and Machine Learning has been a natural development of this interest and, in his spare time, John enjoys the challenge of Kaggle competitions and developing models to analyse and solve real world problems medical and environmental problems.

COURSE DATES

This course will run for the first time from September 21-November 9, 2020, with a two week break for the October holiday from October 5-16. Students will meet with their instructor virtually for approximately one hour per week (outside of school hours), and will be expected to spend around four to five hours per week on Discovery coursework.

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If you are interested in finding out more about this course, please use the “Indication of Interest” form below to contact the instructor, Cath Kelly.

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Crossing The Rubicon

Course Description

Uncover the layers of complexity of the interconnectivity of issues ranging from Covid-19, climate change, biodiversity, and social justice. Using systems thinking this course will help you to make links between and within ideas to carry out strategic planning to build back a better post-pandemic world, or a different construct entirely. Engage in decision making tasks, improve your critical and creative thinking skills and experience live Q&A sessions with Professor Richard Calland, an experienced lawyer, teacher, corporate trainer and international government adviser.

To enrol in this course, you must be a current pupil age 16+. To begin the enrolment process, please fill out the “Indication of Interest” form.

For a preview of the course content, click the link below. The Activist Fashion course is endorsed by Johnstons of Elgin.

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Instructor Bio

Hannah Young is an experienced teacher of Politics, History and Modern Studies at Dollar Academy and works as an SQA marker and verifier. She is a Chartered Teacher and Fellow of the College of Chartered Teachers and has written a number of History and Modern Studies textbooks. Hannah is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and committed to developing critical and creative thinking skills in young people.

Hannah Young is an experienced teacher of Politics, History and Modern Studies at Dollar Academy and works as an SQA marker and verifier. She is a Chartered Teacher and Fellow of the College of Chartered Teachers and has written a number of History and Modern Studies textbooks. Hannah is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and committed to developing critical and creative thinking skills in young people.

COURSE DATES

This course will run for the first time from September 21-November 9, 2020, with a two week break for the October holiday from October 5-16. Students will meet with their instructor virtually for approximately one hour per week (outside of school hours), and will be expected to spend around four to five hours per week on Discovery coursework.

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If you are interested in finding out more about this course, please use the “Indication of Interest” form below to contact the instructor, Cath Kelly.

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Equilibrium

Course Description

Uncover the layers of complexity of the interconnectivity of issues ranging from Covid-19, climate change, biodiversity, and social justice. Using systems thinking this course will help you to make links between and within ideas to carry out strategic planning to build back a better post-pandemic world, or a different construct entirely. Engage in decision making tasks, improve your critical and creative thinking skills and experience live Q&A sessions with Professor Richard Calland, an experienced lawyer, teacher, corporate trainer and international government adviser.

To enrol in this course, you must be a current pupil age 16+. To begin the enrolment process, please fill out the “Indication of Interest” form.

For a preview of the course content, click the link below. The Activist Fashion course is endorsed by Johnstons of Elgin.

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Instructor Bio

Hannah Young is an experienced teacher of Politics, History and Modern Studies at Dollar Academy and works as an SQA marker and verifier. She is a Chartered Teacher and Fellow of the College of Chartered Teachers and has written a number of History and Modern Studies textbooks. Hannah is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and committed to developing critical and creative thinking skills in young people.

COURSE DATES

This course will run for the first time from September 21-November 9, 2020, with a two week break for the October holiday from October 5-16. Students will meet with their instructor virtually for approximately one hour per week (outside of school hours), and will be expected to spend around four to five hours per week on Discovery coursework.

Registration

If you are interested in finding out more about this course, please use the “Indication of Interest” form below to contact the instructor, Cath Kelly.

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