Courses

​It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced artist or designer, are preparing a portfolio to apply for a degree or Foundation programme or if you’ve never picked up a pencil before, we’ve got something to offer you so the courses and workshops are a great way of trying out new skills or for further developing your practice.

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MISCELLANEOUS

Portfolio Preparation, 8th/9th August 2016

Date: Mon 8th, Tuesday 9th August 2016, 10am - 4pm
Course length: 2 days
Price: £150(£135 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or postgraduate students)
Tutor: Rachel O’Keefe
Level: Intermediate - expectation of GCSE/A-level qualification along with current creative work. Possibly suitable for beginners/career changers with some initial creative work to build on.
Campus: N Block, Llandaff Campus

The aim of the course is to:-
• To analyse and reflect upon your current/previous work
• To identify a theme or area of personal interest
• To pursue and develop a personal project
• To explore portfolio and application requirements for art courses at degree level.
• To present a cohesive portfolio supported by contextual awareness ready for various applications

By the end of the workshop you will:-
• Have collected, selected and edited past or current work into a cohesive body of work
• Have an awareness of specific course requirements and how to meet them through portfolio and application processes
• Have developed the skills to refine and improve practical outcomes.
• Have a portfolio that is tailored to specific course requirements
• Current practical work/good quality photographs of large scale or sculptural work.

What do students need to bring with them? Basic arts materials: Pens, small watercolour set with brush sketchbook, camera (although images could be emailed to participants throughout the session from one main camera). Portfolio case (A2 zip recommended). Mount board (thin card) or quality paper. Colour to be decided after diagnostic session. Spray mount. Note book. Sketch book/personal materials required for further work.

Who is the course aimed at? People looking to apply to an arts based course. People with some experience of developing creative ideas through art or design. Possibly suitable for beginners/career changers with some initial creative work to build on.

Any additional Information eg useful books to read/current exhibitions to see?
https://claralieu.wordpress.com (detailed information about what to include in your portfolio)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfI6_JLi7UY (Cardiff School of Art and Design student views)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSet7HLULzA&list=PL9e0yYtchhuW1P8BniXnPozjHh45zDdtL (UCAS advice for Cardiff Met)

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Introduction to Creative Data Visualisation/ Using Data as a Creative Medium, 6th August

Date: Saturday 6 August, 10am - 3:30pm
Course length: 1 day
Price: £85(£76.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or postgraduate students)
Tutor: Ben Partridge
Level: Beginner (all welcome)
Campus: B and N Block, Llandaff Campus

Data is all around us, so this course aims to explore the potential of using data as a creative medium.

You will produce a hand printed, laser engraved relief print of a unique abstract design generated from Twitter data. These designs could be generated by:
• the use of a popular hashtag, #yolo.
• your favourite (or least favourite) celebrity’s twitter activity.
• tweets from a specific geographical location
• your own twitter activity and much, much more.

These visualisations will be laser engraved and you will then print them by hand in the printmaking studio. This will allow you to further develop their images with colour and other printmaking techniques.

You will work in the Printmaking Studio and the computer lab to:
Gain a basic understanding of the fundamentals of generative design, data visualisation and computer programming.
Utilise basic computer programming in structured exercises. This includes adjusting variables and basic text-based editing.
Gain a basic understanding of laser-cutting technology and image preparation.
Learn basic relief-printing skills, including colour printing techniques and print studio health and safety.

This introductory course requires no experience or prior knowledge of computer programming however you should be comfortable using a computer and willing to experiment with new software with support and instruction.

By the end of the course you will have:-
Create a digital image using the free open-source software Processing and the Twitter API.
Prepare the image for laser engraving.
Utilise basic computer programming in structured exercises. This includes adjusting variables and basic text-based editing.
Gain a basic understanding of the fundamentals of generative design, data visualisation and computer programming.
A basic understanding of laser-cutting technology and image preparation.
Basic relief-printing skills, including colour printing techniques and print studio health and safety. Print the design as a woodcut/linocut

This course would be ideal for:-
- Anyone interested in combining digital and traditional techniques in their artistic practice.
- Students of ICT, Computer Science or design who want to experiment with using data in a more creative way.
- Artists who are interested in utilising data visualisation in their work.
- Anyone who is interested in the way our interaction with data is shaping our world and wants to explore this relationship in an innovation, playful and creative way.

What do students need to bring with them? Clothes suitable for printmaking - it can get messy! A memory stick if you wish to take away any digital content (images etc)

Any prerequisites for joining the course? This introductory course requires no experience or prior knowledge of computer programming however participants should be comfortable using a computer and willing to experiment with new software with support and instruction.

This course would be ideal for:-
- Anyone interested in combining digital and traditional techniques in their artistic practice.
- Students of ICT, Computer Science or design who want to experiment with using data in a more creative way.
- Artists who are interested in utilising data visualisation in their work.
- Anyone who is interested in the way our interaction with data is shaping our world and wants to explore this relationship in an innovation, playful and creative way.

Any additional Information eg useful books to read/current exhibitions to see?
Exhibition - Big Bang Data – Somerset House
Book – Generative Design (Ben will bring a copy to the course for you to look at)

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CERAMICS

Design and Make: Ceramic Loudspeaker, 11/18 August 2016

Date: Thursday 11 August, 10am-2.30pm and and Thursday 18 August, 10am-12 noon
Course length: 2 sessions, 5 hours per session including ½ hour for lunch
Price: £35 (£31.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: AJ Stockwell
Level: Beginners - No prior knowledge of ceramics is needed but an enthusiasm for materials and making is very welcome!
Campus: Llandaff Campus, B Block, Ceramics Studios

This course will familiarise students with simple hand-building techniques for working with ceramics. Students will explore the possibilities of form and surface to enhance sound projection, developing designs for individual ceramic loudspeakers that can be used with a mobile device.

Students will learn a variety of hand-building techniques that they can develop further in their own studio or home without any specialist equipment. The course will take students through the design process from understanding what a loudspeaker is to how this design can be used to amplify mobile devices, what role form and surface plays in manipulating sound and how to build ceramic objects from scratch.

Students will arrive at their own design through learning a series of hand-building techniques, experimenting with form and surface to discover how these can affect sound quality. A series of introductory studio workshops in pinching, coiling and slab-building along with experiments using paper and other basic materials to produce quick forms will inform their final design. There will also be an introductory classroom presentation to the course content giving examples of existing loudspeakers, talking the students through how loudspeakers work and how the students can start to consider what forms they want to work with.

What do students need to bring with them? Old clothes or an apron for clay work. Phone or mobile sound device such as headphones to design their loudspeaker around.

Who is the course aimed at? People who have little to no experience of working with ceramics.

Any additional Information eg useful books to read/current exhibitions to see?
Sound Matters craft council exhibition http://www.soundmatters.org.uk/

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3D Collage, 12/19 August 2016

Date: Friday 12 August 2016, 10am to 2pm and Friday 19 August 2016, 10am to 12:00 noon
Course length: 2 sessions
Price: £85 (£76.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate and post-graduate students)
Tutor: AJ Stockwell
Level: Beginner - all welcome
Campus: Llandaff Campus, B Block

This course will take you through basic methods of making sculpture using collage techniques. We will use found images and materials to build 3D pieces through layering and paper mache. This could include making paper mache from old receipts, bus tickets and building shapes from old photographs and magazines. There will also be the opportunity to paint and decorate pieces made in the first week the following week once they have dried.

You will learn a variety of simple sculpting techniques such as paper mache and layering, which you can develop further studio at home or in your studio without any specialist equipment.

The course will be studio based but will include an introductory classroom presentation on the first day.

Who is the course aimed at? Anyone who is interested in making sculpture. No previous training or experience is needed. No prior knowledge of sculpture is needed but an enthusiasm for materials and making is very welcome!

What do students need to bring with them? Old clothes or an apron. Any paper materials they would like to use such as photographs or magazines.

Any additional Information eg useful books to read/current exhibitions to see?
You might find it interesting to have a look at examples of artists working with clay such as Lynda Benglis, Katie Cuddon & Carwyn Evans.

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Introduction to Throwing, Mon 8th - Fri 12th August 2016

Monday 8 August to Friday 12 August, 12 noon to 3pm, and glazing on Sunday 28 August 28, 10am to 12 noon*
Course length: 6 sessions
Price: £250 (£225 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or postgraduate students)
Tutor: Margo Schmidt
Level: Beginner (all welcome)
Campus: B Block, Llandaff Campus

Learn how to throw a pot on the wheel - no prior experience required!
A step by step class learning how to hand throw pots. You will learn how to 'centre' the clay, how to 'pull up' a pot and how to 'turn' a foot - and practice these techniques during the course of the week. Learn how to control the speed of the wheel, discover why we constantly add water and then remove it, and experience the satisfaction of seeing the lump of clay being transformed into your pot. You will have the option to decorate your pots with coloured slips, before glazing them.

All materials are provided.

What to bring with you: Printmaking can be messy so either wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty or bring along an apron. Please bring a small towel too.

*Please note: If you can’t make the glazing session on 28 August check out the glazing sessions for the other Summer School Pottery/Ceramics classes and when you book state which session you’d rather attend.

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Make and Decorate a Box using the slab-building technique, Mon 15th - Weds 17th Aug 2016

Monday 15 August to Wednesday 17 August, 12 noon - 3pm and glazing on Sunday 28 August, 1pm - 3pm*
Course length: 4 sessions
Price: £160 (£144 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Margo Schmidt
Level: Beginner (all welcome)
Campus: B Block, Llandaff Campus

No prior experience with clay is required for this course - it is a fun way to have a go at making with clay!
This course will take you through the various steps to make a box - round or  square - whatever shape you want to try out. We will be rolling slabs of clay, preparing a template and then assembling the slabs into a box. Maybe you will want to add a lid, or make a couple of smaller boxes. We will try out some surface decorating techniques - impressing, sprigging and painting with coloured slips - before you apply them to your box.  Once the box has been fired, you will have the possibility to glaze it.

All materials are provided.

What to bring with you: Printmaking can be messy so either wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty or bring along an apron. Please bring a small towel too.

*Please note: If you can’t make the glazing session on 28 August check out the glazing sessions for the other Summer School Pottery/Ceramics classes and when you book state which session you’d rather attend.

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Press-moulding and Decorating Plates, 6th/13th/27th August 2016

Saturday 6 August and Saturday 13 August, 12 noon - 3pm, and then the glazing session on Saturday 27 August, 10am - 12 noon*
Course length: 3 sessions
Price: £140 (£126 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Margo Schmidt
Level: Beginner (all welcome)
Campus: B Block, Llandaff Campus


No prior experience with clay is required for this course - it is a fun way to have a go at making with clay!

In this course we will make a series of decorated plates. We will start with rolling slabs of clay and press-mould them into plate shapes, trying out different sizes and shapes, or preparing a matching set.  You will try out various surface decorating techniques - impressing and sprigging, creating texture as well as exploring the many effects that can be created by painting, layering and sponging using coloured slips.  You don’t have to be able to paint or draw to create interesting surface decoration. You will develop and apply your own design to decorate your plates. Once the plates have been fired, you will have the opportunity complete the decoration of the plates by glazing them.

All materials are provided.

What to bring with you: Printmaking can be messy so either wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty or bring along an apron.  Please bring a small towel too.

*Please note: If you can’t make the glazing session on 27 August check out the glazing sessions for the other Summer School Pottery/Ceramics classes and when you book state which session you’d rather attend.

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Make and Decorate Tiles, 7th/14th/27th August 2016

Sunday 7 August & Sunday 14 August, 12 - 3pm, and then the glazing day Saturday 27 August, 1-3pm (optional)*
Course length: 3 sessions
Price: £140 (£126 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Margo Schmidt
Level: Beginner (all welcome)
Campus: B Block, Llandaff Campus


No prior experience with clay is required for this course - it is a fun way to have a go at making with clay!
In this course we will make tiles and then decorate them using a variety of techniques. Choose to make whatever shape of tile you want - they don't have to be square! You will try out various surface decorating techniques - impressing and sprigging, creating texture as well as exploring the many effects that can be created by painting, layering and sponging using coloured slips. You don’t have to be able to paint to create interesting surface effects. You will then decorate your tiles applying using your own designs. Once the tiles have been fired, you will have the opportunity complete the decoration of the tiles by glazing them.

All materials are provided.

What to bring with you: Printmaking can be messy so either wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty or bring along an apron.  Please bring a small towel too.

*Please note: If you can’t make the glazing session on 27 August check out the glazing sessions for the other Summer School Pottery/Ceramics classes and when you book state which session you’d rather attend.

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DESIGN

An introduction to graphic design, 11/12 August 2016

Date: Thursday 11 and Friday 12 August 2016, 10 to 3pm each day
Course length: 2 days
Price: £170 (£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Lucy Jones
Level: Beginner
Campus: N Block, Llandaff Campus

The aim of this summer workshop is to introduce you to the main aspects of graphic design. From the development of ideas, the creative process and an understanding of visual language.

Day 1: you will be introduced to typography, image and layout. You will also research key names in the world of graphic design. You will have the opportunity to create and design your own simple designs and basic concepts.

Day 2: you will be introduced to the Adobe Creative Suite, (Industry standard computer package). You will turn your rough designs into digital forms and you will learn basic tools and techniques. You will be taken through the design process to produce your own rough design sketches in response to a brief. You will build confidence in using design tools in the Adobe Creative Suite - Photoshop and Illustrator. You will apply digital techniques to create your own design outcome. You will learn about design formats and saving your work.

The course will include classroom/studio presentations at the beginning of most sessions, studio design time, computer software demonstration and group discussion and evaluation of workshop.

This workshop will provide participants with opportunities to:
• Research appropriate designers and influences
• Learn about the design process from initial design to final outcome stage
• Develop an understanding of using design software to create graphics
• Use correct file formats for saving and printing work
• Critique peers
• Present ideas to peers

What do students need to bring with them? Paper, pen and pencil

Any prerequisites for joining the course? Some confidence in using a computer

Any additional Information eg useful books:-
Graphic Design: The New Basics, Revised and Updated – 7 Jul 2015 by Ellen Lupton
100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design - 2 Apr 2012 by Steven Heller
Graphic Design Rules: 365 Essential Design Dos and Don'ts – 2 Aug 2012 by Peter Dawson
Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design and Web Premium: All-in-one for Dummies – 1 Jun 2012 Jennifer Smith

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DRAWING

Sketchbook Skills workshop, 13th August 2016

Date: Saturday 13 August 2016, 10am-2pm
Course length: 4 hours
Price: £50 (£45 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate and post-graduate students)
Tutor: Claire Hiett
Level: Beginner - all welcome.
Suitable for those developing mixed media sketchbooks and working with a range of small scale ideas.
Campus: Llandaff Campus, N Block Drawing Room and Print Studios, and out and about in Llandaff village and across the Llandaff Campus. Outdoor (weather permitting).

coas-001.jpgThe aim is to demystify the process of compiling an interesting sketchbook, whilst developing your observational drawing skills in the beautiful and inspirational landscape of Llandaff. We will also explore the potential of various wet and dry drawing materials.

The course is designed to help you improve your confidence in using sketchbooks, developing en plein air confidence and observational drawing skills, enhance your visual recording skills and help you evaluate your own outcomes and review your work so that you can continue to develop your practice in future.

Who is the course for? Anyone wishing to re-engage with using a sketchbook after a prolonged break. Potential students developing a portfolio and needing a sketchbook to apply for a course. Those who are curious about compiling interesting sketchbooks and are looking for a deeper understanding of the subject. Anyone looking to acquire some new skills.

What do students need to bring with them? A hard cover sketch book – A5, A4 or A3. A variety of wet and dry drawing materials. Pritt stick, scissors, scalpel blade. Fixative, masking tape, plastic eraser.

An interest in visual recording and keeping a sketchbook/visual diary. An interest in compiling sketchbooks for personal progression. An interest in exploring a variety of drawing materials.

Any additional Information e.g. useful books to read/current exhibitions to see?
Sketchbooks Grayson Perry.
John Constable – extensive sky studies.
Turner’s sketchbooks – extensive travel.
Sketchbook of Picasso – Je Suis le Cahier.
Instagram - #tatesketchbook

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Landscape sketching course using charcoal pencil and water colour, 17, 18 and 19 August 2016

Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 August, 2 -5pm
Course length: 3 half days
Price: £125 (£112.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Sebastian Aplin
Level: All levels including beginners
Campus: B Block, Llandaff Campus

The course is designed to get you out of the studio to find inspiration in the landscape around Llandaff. We will meeting at Cardiff School of Art and Design’s Drawing Studio, look at and discuss some examples of landscape drawings and paintings before going off to sketch around Llandaff before returning to the studio and seeing what ideas are worth continuing into more finished pieces.

We’ll be looking at how to simplify visual information and make our compositions more interesting by sketching different ideas with charcoal pencil. We will also look at how watercolour allows us to capture the mood of the scene by concentrating on contrasting values and colour temperature. A key feature of this course will be how to convey the illusion of depth and distance.

To bring with you: Charcoal and charcoal pencils, a range of pencils, a simple watercolour set including paintbrushes, a sketch pad and a folding stool if you’d like to use one as we explore the area.

Please note we will adapt the course if it rains to make the most of the landscapes around the Campus.

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Mindfulness and Life Drawing, 3,10 July or 6,7 August 2016

Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 July 2016 or Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August 2016, 10am-3pm with ½ hour for lunch
Course length: 2 days
Price: £170 (£153 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Ed Jeavons
Level: Beginner (all welcome)
Campus: N Block, Llandaff Campus

Through combining the increased focus attained by mindful meditation techniques with the development of drawing skills, this course aims to improve students’ ability to draw the human figure.

Each session will begin with a guided meditation to clear the mind and improve focus. There will then be a mixture of short and long poses accompanied by individual and group discussion. There will be a variety of media and techniques used in order to fully explore the creative potential of each student.

At the end of this course you will be able to:
• Attain a deeper level of focus through the use of mindful meditation techniques • Demonstrate an improved ability to draw the human figure • Confidently employ a range of drawing media.

What to bring with you: Some materials will be provided but do bring along your favourite pencils, pens.

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MAKING

FabLab Cardiff International Summer of Making, 9-11 and 15-17 August 2016

Date: Tuesday to Thursday 9-11 August and Monday to Wednesday 15-17 August 2016, 10am-3pm daily including 1 hour for lunch
Course length: 6 days
Price: £400 (£360 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or postgraduate students)
Tutor: To be confirmed
Level: Beginners but all welcome
Campus: FabLab Cardiff, B Block, Llandaff Campus

FabLab Cardiff International Summer of Making

Design, make, craft, innovate, experiment, break, remake…

Spend time with us here at FabLab Cardiff as a part of our International Summer School exploring a range of materials, skills and technologies. The summer programme is ideal for those interested in learning new making, technology and craft skills, from beginner through to advanced practitioner level. Whether you have a keen interest in craft and design, want to develop your skills for your business or because you are thinking about Further Education/Higher Education, this programme allows you the hands-on practical opportunity to develop work and ideas that meet these needs.

Working on a design project from start to finish you will learn about design software, how to build prototype models and then create a finished project. The project will incorporate 3D printing, laser cutting and the use of the CNC machines to give you the opportunity to experience of learning about a wide range of digital technology. It will also give you the opportunity to learn some basic electronic and Arduino skills.

We look forward to meeting you, and taking you on a creative, exploratory journey where you will enjoy first class tutoring, engaging with traditional, and new technologies, where you’ll be sure to make new friends from the UK and from overseas.

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Use an iPad to design and make a laser cut earphone wrap using 3D CAD, starts Monday 30 May 2016

Date: Starts Monday 30 May 2016, 6.30-8.30
Course length: 2 weeks
Price: £35 (£31.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: Jon Martlew
Level: Beginner
Campus: Llandaff Campus, B Block

sharpr3d-ipad-pro-3d-cad-app.jpgYou will be taken step by step through the interface and design process in order to develop a full understanding of 3D CAD modelling through exploration and application of the App interface. These skills will be further developed with focus on accuracy and numeracy. In order to apply these skills you will then be taken through a creative, iterative design process in order to create a functional product. The process will include sketching, modelling and using a laser cut to create prototypes before manufacturing the final functional product.

This course will be fun and engaging by broadening your knowledge of the use of your iPad and apply these skills in a creative manner. You will be required to bring your own iPad with access to the App store in order to download a free App; Wifi access will be provided.

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Design and Make: Ceramic Loudspeaker, 11/18 August 2016

Date: Thursday 11 August, 10am-2.30pm and and Thursday 18 August, 10am-12 noon
Course length: 2 sessions, 5 hours per session including ½ hour for lunch
Price: £35 (£31.50 for current Cardiff Met undergraduate or post-graduate students)
Tutor: AJ Stockwell
Level: Beginners - No prior knowledge of ceramics is needed but an enthusiasm for materials and making is very welcome!
Campus: Llandaff Campus, B Block, Ceramics Studios

This course will familiarise students with simple hand-building techniques for working with ceramics. Students will explore the possibilities of form and surface to enhance sound projection, developing designs for individual ceramic loudspeakers that can be used with a mobile device.

Students will learn a variety of hand-building techniques that they can develop further in their own studio or home without any specialist equipment. The course will take students through the design process from understanding what a loudspeaker is to how this design can be used to amplify mobile devices, what role form and surface plays in manipulating sound and how to build ceramic objects from scratch.

Students will arrive at their own design through learning a series of hand-building techniques, experimenting with form and surface to discover how these can affect sound quality. A series of introductory studio workshops in pinching, coiling and slab-building along with experiments using paper and other basic materials to produce quick forms will inform their final design. There will also be an introductory classroom presentation to the course content giving examples of existing loudspeakers, talking the students through how loudspeakers work and how the students can start to consider what forms they want to work with.

What do students need to bring with them? Old clothes or an apron for clay work. Phone or mobile sound device such as headphones to design their loudspeaker around.

Who is the course aimed at? People who have little to no experience of working with ceramics.

Any additional Information eg useful books to read/current exhibitions to see?
Sound Matters craft council exhibition http://www.soundmatters.org.uk/

Book Now!

 

PAINTING

New courses will be added soon. To sign up for our mailing list and receive updates on our programme of courses, email your contact details to Anna Staples astaples@cardiffmet.ac.uk

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

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PRINTMAKING

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