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Postgraduate Course: SCOTTISH ART IN THE AGE OF CRITICAL THEORY 1945-2000 (HIAR11049)

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SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe central focus of this course will be to examine and assess the complex and shifting theoretical relationship between the work of the major post-war Scottish artists and the development of modern and post-modern critical discourse. In art historical terms the course will be broadly chronological and the main figures for individual study will include- Eduardo Paolozzi, William Turnbull, Joan Eardley, Alan Davie, Boyle Family, Ian Hamilton Finlay, John Bellany, Steven Campbell, Jenny Saville, Alison Watt, Christine Borland, Douglas Gordon and Martin Creed (the last two being winners of the prestigious Turner Prize). The work of each of these artists will be studied within the context of their historical and cultural period. This methodology will include a range of critical and philosophical theories drawn from the writings of Marx, Nietzsche, Saussure, Freud, Jung, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Levi-Strauss, Barthes, Laing, Greenberg, Baudrillard, Derrida, Jameson, Lacan and Kristiva ? see Key Writers on Art: The Twentieth Century ed. Chris Murray (Routledge2003). For this aspect of the course a core text will be, The Penguin Dictionary of Critical Theory ed. David Macey (2000).It is hoped that some of the seminars will take place in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and other appropriate venues.
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Learning Outcomes
Able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

A number of artists, exhibitions and/or forms of post-war Scottish visual art within the context of their historical and cultural period.

A full range of key critical and philosophical theories from the 19thC to the present of relevance to Scottish post-war art.

The complex relationship between the work of major post-war Scottish visual artists and the development of modern and post-modern critical discourse

Analyse a complex body of Scottish and international material (particularly artworks, theoretical texts and the relationships between them) and highlighting significant features.

Synthesise evidence, arguments or ideas from different sources productively in a self-directed manner.

Reason critically and offer judgements based on argument that can be communicated effectively to specialist (tutors and peers) or non-specialist audiences.

Think independently and self-reflectively, sometimes making connections between familiar and new ideas or material.

Able to employ:

Visual Skills; including observation, description, interpretation, and presentation

Research Skills: including use of appropriate methods to locate primary and secondary sources and works of visual art, but also forming research questions and pursuing them autonomously.

Critical Skills: including selection of relevant material, and appraisal of other people's arguments on the basis of familiarity with source materials and current literature.

Writing Skills: including use of proper academic conventions, creating logical and structured narratives, and effective use of language to convey particular and general responses of readers or viewers to works of visual art, and to articulate complex conceptual issues and create frameworks for understanding them.

To work to briefs and deadlines; take responsibility for your own work; reflect on your own learning and performance and make constructive use of feedback.
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Course organiserMr William Hare
Course secretaryMiss Lizzie Robertson
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