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Postgraduate Course: Scottish Art Since the 1960s: Practice and Debate (HIAR11066)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaHistory of Art Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course asks a loaded and topical question which is Why has recent Scottish art been so internationally significant? It engages with what might be termed a new 'golden age' in Scotland, with many contemporary figures achieving worldwide success. We will look at individual artistic careers such as Ian Hamilton Finlay, Boyle Family, John Bellany, Alison Watt, Steven Campbell, Callum Innes, Christine Borland, Douglas Gordon and Martin Creed (last two winners of the Turner Prize). This is balanced with close engagement with recent critical discourse in order to examine and assess these artists through the lens of key post-Marxist and post-Freudian theoretical perspectives (Barthes, Baudrillard, Bourdieu, Derrida, Kwon, Kristeva and Laing). Through this dual approach of practice and debate, we will encounter all-encompassing themes such as sexual and identity politics, the body, deconstruction, cultural institutions and nationalism, public space and architecture, politics of representation, globalization, mass culture and art criticism.

A core feature will be the seminars held in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (including the private stores and archives) and other cutting-edge galleries and public spaces in Edinburgh and Glasgow to see primary material and curatorial practices. There will also be a session in the new Scottish Parliament building. Such visits will encourage an appreciation of the cultural ecologies around display that have shaped art made in Scotland from the 1960s to the present day. By the end of the course, students will develop an appreciation of the international transformations in art practice and debate through Scotland&ęs significant contribution.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class Week 1, Monday, 11:10 - 13:00, Zone: Central. Seminar Room 3, Minto House, Chambers Street
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

A number of artists, exhibitions and/or forms of post-war Scottish visual art within the context of their historical and cultural period.

A full range of key critical theories and themes from the 20th Century to the present of relevance to Scottish post-war art.

The complex relationship between the work of major post-war Scottish visual artists and the development of modern and post-modern critical discourse

Analyse a complex body of Scottish and international material (particularly artworks, cultural institutions, theoretical texts and the relationships between them) and highlighting significant features.

Synthesise evidence, arguments or ideas from different sources productively in a self-directed manner.

Reason critically and offer judgements based on argument that can be communicated effectively to specialist (tutors and peers) or non-specialist audiences.

Think independently and self-reflectively, sometimes making connections between familiar and new ideas or material.

Able to employ:

Visual Skills; including observation, description, interpretation, and presentation

Research Skills: including use of appropriate methods to locate primary and secondary sources and works of visual art, but also forming research questions and pursuing them autonomously.

Critical Skills: including selection of relevant material, and appraisal of other people's arguments on the basis of familiarity with source materials and current literature.

Writing Skills: including use of proper academic conventions, creating logical and structured narratives, and effective use of language to convey particular and general responses of readers or viewers to works of visual art, and to articulate complex conceptual issues and create frameworks for understanding them.

To work to briefs and deadlines; take responsibility for your own work; reflect on your own learning and performance and make constructive use of feedback.
Assessment Information
4000 word essay
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Course organiserProf Andrew Patrizio
Tel: 0131 221 6166
Course secretaryMr Christopher Miller
Tel: 0131 221 6150
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