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Undergraduate Course: Art 3: Visual Research (ARTX09046)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIndicative course content
This module encourages you to develop a sophisticated theoretical narrative and historical perspective for your practice. The focus is placed more upon your own work and its development in relation to the broader field of visual culture. You are encouraged to present and contextualise your practice in a manner that is both articulate and creative. This module consists of two elective projects which are designed to advance your creative confidence and analytical abilities to this end.

Aims of course
1 To encourage you to critically reappraise your practice and to support you in developing a variety of communication skills to communicate your intent clearly.
2 To offer you a range of short options that allow you to pursue your key creative ideas in more depth and detail.
3 To introduce you to a variety of creative research approaches and to aid you in the development of appropriate research methods that you can test out in your practice.

Mode of delivery
Blended Learning: Lectures, Workshops, Tutorials, Projects, Experiential, Visits, social e-learning.
Course description Students should acquire a critical grasp of the important ideas and methods associated with the major movements in contemporary art.

Students select one of four option courses per semester.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Art 2: Postmodernism and After (ARTX08025) AND ( Studio 2 (Sculpture) (ARTX08016) AND Research, Drawing and Visual Thinking 2 (Sculpture) (ARTX08017) AND Professional Practice 2 (Sculpture) (ARTX08018)) OR ( Painting 2 (ARTX08019) AND Research Drawing 2 (Painting) (ARTX08020) AND Professional Practice 2 (Painting) (ARTX08021)) OR ( Intermedia practice 2 (ARTX08022) AND Intermedia Research 2 (ARTX08023) AND Intermedia Professional Practice 2 (ARTX08024)) OR ( Studio 2 (Photography) (ARTX08040) AND Research 2 (Photography) (ARTX08041) AND Professional Practice 2 (Photography) (ARTX08042))
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: ( Painting 3 (ARTX09040) AND Professional Practice 3 (Painting) (ARTX09042) AND Research Drawing 3 (Painting) (ARTX09041)) OR ( Studio 3 (Sculpture) (ARTX09037) AND Professional Practice 3 (Sculpture) (ARTX09039) AND Research, Drawing and Visual Thinking 3 (Sculpture) (ARTX09038)) OR ( Intermedia Practice 3 (ARTX09043) AND Intermedia Professional Practice 3 (ARTX09045) AND Intermedia Research 3 (ARTX09044)) OR ( Studio 3 (Photography) (ARTX09069) AND Research 3 (Photography) (ARTX09070) AND Professional Practice 3 (Photography) (ARTX09071))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements or appropriate SCQF level 8 qualification or equivalent

This course is only available to ECA students on degree programmes belonging to the School of Art.
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 16, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 1, Online Activities 2, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) You must submit and pass two 3000 word essays in order to complete this course.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research: Research and show a critical understanding of several principal methods of enquiry and employ a diverse range of research applications and sources.
  2. Analysis: Demonstrate a critical understanding of several areas of Visual Culture that enable you to analyse, evaluate and reflect critically on your own field.
  3. Communication: Successfully communicate your research, analysis and professional initiative in a range of well structured, coherent and creative forms.
Reading List
Indicative Bibliography
Blaxter, L. et al (2001)How to Research. Buckingham: Open University Press. Booth, W. et al (1995) The Craft of Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Cottrell, S (2005) Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave. Rampley, M. (ed) (2001) Exploring Visual Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Rose, G (2001) Visual Methodologies. London: Sage. Sturken M & Cartwright L (2001) Practices of Looking. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students should acquire a critical grasp of the important ideas and methods associated with major artistic movements of contemporary art.
Study Abroad Erasmus and International Study Abroad in Year 3 may be applied for.
Additional Class Delivery Information Weekly lectures and seminars.
Course organiserDr Angela Mcclanahan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5885
Course secretaryMs Claire Davies
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