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Undergraduate Course: Sinners, Saints and Seers: Scottish, Irish and English art from 600-900 (HIAR10068)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis seminar investigates the artistic production in Scotland, Ireland and England from 600-900. Few illuminated manuscripts of this period have a fixed place or date of origin. In a time marked by war and conversion, books and artists were constantly on the move. Even stone sculptures that are standing in or near their original sites have been significantly altered, surviving erosion, iconoclasm and ?restorations?. Additionally, some of the most significant sculptures occur in sites that have no known association with a religious or secular centre. The course is loosely structured around geographical areas. Additionally, two monastic centres, Iona/Kells and Wearmouth/Jarrow are examined as case-studies for the creation and dissemination of scribes, artists and artworks. At the end of the course, we will consider the lasting impact of Insular art on that of the continent. Throughout the course, even within the context of relatively secular artworks, emphasis is placed upon an underlying coherence of the material, based upon the dynamic interrelationship between indigenous beliefs and styles and the influence of liturgy, exegesis and Mediterranean exemplars.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: History of Art 2 (HIAR08012) OR Architectural History 2A (ARHI08002) AND Architectural History 2B (ARHI08003)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 two hour examination paper (50%) and 1 extended essay (50%)
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Sinners, Saints and Seers: Scottish, Irish and English art from 600-9002:00
Learning Outcomes
? Learning Intent: A thorough knowledge of artwork produced in the British Isles and Ireland 600-900A.D; specifically in terms of historical/religious context, style and iconographic program. An ability to conceptualize monastic centres such as Iona/Kells and Wearmouth/Jarrow and their impact on the art of this period. Equally, students should be able to critically engage with the challenges and issues face by Insular scholarship in terms of defining stylistic influence and cultural borders.
? Process and Resources: Through reading primary and secondary sources and analyses of artworks during lectures and seminars, students will become familiar with the significant artworks of the period. Seminar discussion should enable students to analyze visual material and scholarship in a more critical fashion, exploring controversies within the secondary literature. Additionally, trips to the National Museum of Scotland and sites in Perthshire and Angus will facilitate an understanding of the problems and possible solutions for analysis of the visual material from this period.
? Criteria for Assessment: Students will demonstrate learning through seminar discussion, presentations, essays, and exams. Student accomplishment will be assessed in terms of the breadth and depth of knowledge of the art objects well as a more critical engagement with issues raised in analysing such works.
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Course organiserDr Heather Pulliam
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
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