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Undergraduate Course: Artwriting (ARTX09076)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryDiscussing the visual arts successfully in words is often held to be an impossible task. In reality it is merely difficult. Since the ancient Greeks, many writers of all kinds have taken up the challenge - not only art critics, but novelists, poets, gossips, artists and essayists' (Gayford, M. & Wright, K. (1998), The Penguin Book of Art Writing, Penguin: London). This course will focus on the practice of ┐Artwriting┐ in its broadest sense, from the relationship between art and literature and writing ┐as┐ art to current debates in art criticism and theory. We will consider writing about visual art across a range of forms including critical reviews, poetry, artists' statements, catalogue essays and manifestos. In particular, we will look at examples of writing by artists in order to examine why so many visual artists have taken up the pen and why writing continues to enjoy such a rich and challenging relationship with visual art.
Course description As described in short description.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is suitable for students who have passed 80 credits (Yr1 & 2) of an Arts, Humanities or Social Science course.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents must have at least three courses at grade B or above in Arts, Humanities or Social Science.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  10
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 12/01/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% written essay or case study of 4000 words;

Formative assessment (feed forward) will be given in relation to the written assessment at the mid-point of semester. Students will be asked to prepare an outline or draft proposal of their written assessment task and will receive verbal or written feed forward / feedback on this in advance of the final submission date. Students will receive full written feedback on completion of the summative assessment.
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 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
Allen, G. 2011. Artists┐ Magazines ┐ An Alternative Space for Art. Cambridge, Massachussets & London: MIT Press.
Bracewell, M. 2011. The Space Between. London: Ridinghouse.
Burgin, V. 1986. The End of Art Theory. London.
Carrier, D. 1987. Artwriting. Amherst: University of Massachussets Press.
Carrier, D. 2003. Writing About Visual Art. New York: Allworth Press.
Carroll, N. 2009. On Criticism. New York and London: Routledge. Collings. M & Arnatt, M. 2004. Criticism. London: Rachmaninoff┐s.
Crow, T. 1996. Modern Art in the Common Culture. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Danchev, A. (ed.) 2011. 100 Artists┐ Manifestos. London. Penguin.
Dworkin, C. & Goldsmith, K. (eds.) 2011. Against Expression ┐ An Anthology of Conceptual Writing. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press.)
Elkins, J. 2003. What Happened to Art Criticism? Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press.
Elkins, J. & Newman, M. (eds.)2008. The State of Art Criticism. New York and London: Routledge.
Foster, H. 1985. Postmodern Culture. London: Pluto Press.
Foster, H. 2011. Design and Crime (And Other Diatribes). New York and London: Verso.
Gayford, M. & Wright, K. (eds.) 1998. The Penguin Book of Art Writing. London: Viking.
Hickey, D. 2009. The Invisible Dragon ┐ Essays on Beauty. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. )
Khonsary, J. & O┐Brian, M (eds.) 2010. Judgement and Contemporary Art Criticism. Vancouver: Artspeak/Fillip Editions.
Lawson, T. 2004. Mining for Gold - Selected Writings 1979-1996. Zurich: JRP Ringier
McLaren, D. 1998. Personal Delivery. London: Quartet.
Murray, C. (ed.) 2003. Key Writers on Art: The Twentieth Century. London: Routledge.
Newman, A. 2000. Challenging Art: Artforum 1962-1974. New York: Soho Press.
Rose, G. 2012. Visual Methodologies (3rd Edition). London: Sage.
Stallabrass, J. 2001. High Art Lite. New York and London: Verso.
Thornton, S. 2008. Seven Days in the Art World. London: Granta.
Wallis, B. (ed.). 1987. Blasted Allegories: An Anthology of Writings by Contemporary Artists. Cambridge: The MIT Press.

Additional or full reading lists will be made available to students enrolled on the course via the course handbook or VLE/portal documentation.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Various forms of reading (close, skimming, etc.);
Library research;
Essay writing;
Public speaking.
Special Arrangements After you have discussed taking one of our courses with your Personal Tutor/ School Student Support Office, please contact us to enquire if a place is available at:
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Course organiserDr Susannah Thompson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5909
Course secretaryMs Claire Davies
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