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

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.

Registration

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.

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.

Registration

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.

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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