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Postgraduate Course: Scottish Art Since the 1960s: Practice and Debate (HIAR11066)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryHow can we explain the extraordinary international success of Scottish art? In a new 'golden age' in the visual arts in this country, we look first-hand at the singular careers of figures such as Ian Hamilton Finlay, Boyle Family, John Bellany, Alison Watt, Steven Campbell, Callum Innes, Christine Borland, Douglas Gordon and Martin Creed (last two winners of the Turner Prize). This is balanced with close attention to wider critical discourses as powerful lenses to assess their work. This dual approach of on-the-ground encounters with art practice alongside theories initiated by the likes of Barthes, Baudrillard, Derrida, Kristeva, Laing and Pollock, we encounter all-encompassing themes such as sexual and identity politics, deconstruction, nationalism, public space and architecture, the politics of representation, globalization, mass culture and art criticism.

A popular feature of the course are the seminars held in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (including the private stores and archives) and other cutting-edge galleries and public spaces in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Primary material and curatorial practices come alive in these sessions. We will also visit the acclaimed Scottish Parliament building. Such visits encourage an appreciation of the cultural ecologies that have shaped Scottish art over the last fifty years. By the end of the course, students will have an appreciation of the international transformations in art practice in Scotland and methods for transferring this to their other specialised areas.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 12/01/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 4000 word essay
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
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 theories and themes from the 20th Century 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, cultural institutions, 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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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements None
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Andrew Patrizio
Tel: (0131 6)51 1782
Course secretaryMiss Lizzie Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5852
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