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Undergraduate Course: Visual Narratives (ARTX09080)

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
SummaryHistorically, much of art has been narrative, that is, depicted stories from myth, legend, religion, history or literature. Modernism rejected narrative, but in recent years the role of narrative in art and wider culture, such as the news, for example, has become a concern for artists and theorists across a range of subject areas. This course will help you to explore and develop your sense of visual narrative in the widest context. It will ask how images, objects, spaces and exhibitions can 'tell stories' with or without accompanying words. Narrative perspectives of the artist, the audience and the visual form itself will be examined to aid your understanding of the visual culture around you and your role as a maker in its creation.
Course description As described in short description.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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 1
Course Start Date 15/09/2014
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 4,000 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
Bal, M. (1997) Narratology: Introduction to the theory of narrative. Toronto; Buffalo: University of Toronto Press.
Barthes, Roland. (1977) 'Introduction to the Structural analysis of Narratives' in: Image music text. London, Fontana.
Branigan, E. (1993) Narrative Comprehension and Film. London, Routledge.
Branston, G.; Stafford, R. (2006) The Media Student's Book. London and New York, Routledge.
Cobley, P. (2001) The New Critical Idiom: Narrative. London.
Currie, Mark (1998) Postmodern Narrative Theory. Hampshire, Palgrave.
Herman, David. (2007) The Cambridge Companion to Narrative [electronic resource] Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Drucker, J. (1995) 'The Book as Sequence: Narrative and Non-Narrative' in: The Century of Artists' Books. New York: Granary Books.
Herman, David et al. (eds.) (2008) The Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. Cornwall, Routledge.
Huhn, Peter et al. (eds): The living handbook of narratology. Hamburg: Hamburg University Press.
Image & Narrative online journal
Mitchell, W.J.T. (ed) (1981) On narrative. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Ryan, M.L. (ed) (2004) Narrative across media: The Languages of Storytelling. Lincoln: University of Nebraska 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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Tel: (0131 6)51 5884
Course secretaryMs Claire Davies
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