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Undergraduate Course: Art 2: Postmodernism and After (ARTX08025)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIndicative course content
This module examines the development of art since 1945. The module introduces you to the defining characteristics and events of postmodernity and to the key critical concepts of postmodernism by which we comprehend these ideas. It identifies and engages with the significant critical and aesthetic debates and creative practices that have shaped and defined contemporary art.

Aims of course
1 To enable you to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of art since the mid twentieth century.
2 To help you to develop competence, imagination and understanding when applying key critical concepts of modernism and postmodernism, relevant to the analysis and production of Visual Culture.
3 To show you ways in which the value of modernist and postmodernist ideas lies in how they inform action; in how they are acted out and tested in your practice.

Mode of delivery
Blended Learning: Lectures, Workshops, Tutorials, Projects, Presentations, Visits, social e-learning
Course description To explore some of the major issues in postmodernism art and criticism.

Semester 1: Postmodernism and After
Semester 2: Elective choice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Art 1: Visual Culture (ARTX07006)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: ( Intermedia Research 2 (ARTX08023) AND Intermedia practice 2 (ARTX08022) AND Intermedia Professional Practice 2 (ARTX08024)) OR ( Painting 2 (ARTX08019) AND Research Drawing 2 (Painting) (ARTX08020) AND Professional Practice 2 (Painting) (ARTX08021)) OR ( Studio 2 (Sculpture) (ARTX08016) AND Research, Drawing and Visual Thinking 2 (Sculpture) (ARTX08017) AND Professional Practice 2 (Sculpture) (ARTX08018)) OR ( Studio 2 (Photography) (ARTX08040) AND Research 2 (Photography) (ARTX08041) AND Professional Practice 2 (Photography) (ARTX08042))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to ECA students on degree programmes belonging to the School of Art.

Direct Entry students to Year 2 must have Recognised Prior Learning equivalent to Year 1 at ECA.
Additional Costs ECA students are required to pay for the cost of materials used throughout their programme of study.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 15, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 167 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment 100% by essay
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research: Research and show a detailed knowledge of two or more specialist aspects of modernism and postmodernism using a variety of appropriate critical approaches.
  2. Analysis: Demonstrate an applied knowledge of modernist and postmodernist developments both in your field and in relation to their wider cultural influence.
  3. Communication: Show initiative in managing your work and convey creative ideas in a range of imaginatively structured and coherent forms.
Reading List
Indicative Bibliography
Connor, C (1997) Postmodernist Culture: an introduction to theories of the contemporary. Oxford: Blackwell. Harrison, C & Wood, P (2003) Art in Theory. Oxford: Blackwell. Hopkins, D (2000) After Modern Art:1945 - 2000. Oxford: OUP.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students should acquire a critical grasp of the important ideas and methods associated with the major artistic movements of the twentieth century.
Study Abroad Erasmus and International Study Abroad in Year 3 may be applied for.
Additional Class Delivery Information Weekly lecture and seminars.
Course organiserDr Angela Mcclanahan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5885
Course secretaryMrs Margaret Milner
Tel: (0131 6)51 5879
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