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Undergraduate Course: Contemporary Art Research: developing a project (LLLA07147)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryMany artists today are deeply committed to research that informs their art practice. Particularly art as research connects form and content while displaying the results visually, represented in the form and content of the artistic work, so that they are an integral part of the artistic research. This can go so far as those artists undertaking practice-led PhD's. This course is designed to act as an introduction to how to establish and develop serious research methodologies into your art practice to deepen and strengthen an engagement with areas of personal interest. The course will be based on a series of short projects involving visual, contextual and personal research created outside the studio and leading to development of studio-based work.
Course description Over the weeks the course will cover:

Introducing Research Methodologies for Artists
Using Contextual Research
Developing Research Strategies
Developing Personal Research
Beginning Personal Project
Work towards Personal Project
Realisation of Personal Project
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:  8
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 28, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 70 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course will be assessed by the submission of a portfolio of visual art and/or design works within the discipline studied. This will include a selection of resolved art and/or design works, preparatory studies, visual research and evidence of a contextual awareness through a completed sketchbook and/or visual journal. The work must be presented in a clear and professional manner appropriate to the discipline. The submission should include work undertaken within the class as well as directed and independent study out with the class. Typically, this will comprise:
Class Contact hours: 27.5 (work done during the class)
Directed hours: 27.5 (work the tutor has set for students to do each week in their own time)
Independent Study Hours: 45 (work students set themselves to do, relevant to the discipline studied)
The combined submission will be assessed against the three learning outcomes for this course. These are equally weighted and each will be given a percentage grade. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 30% in each learning outcome and an overall combined mark of 40% minimum.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. By the end of the course, through attending classes and engaging in directed and independent study, students should be able to:

    Evidence a serious understanding of and engagement with at least one research methodology and relate this to their practice.
    Develop personal research strategies, processes and skills which enable experimental and resolved works that reveal individual personal visualisation.
    Select, edit and present a coherent yet distinctively individual body of work comprising experimental, investigational and resolved artworks underpinned by personal research
Reading List
Robson, C. 'Real World Research', Blackwell, 1993
Barrett, E. & Bolt, B. ¿Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry¿, I B Tauris & Co Ltd, 2010)
Nelson, R. ¿Practice as Research in the Arts¿, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
Leavy, P. ¿Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice¿, Guilford Press, 2008
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Understanding of how research methods translate into contemporary art practice
Demonstrate an ability to undertake self directed research.
Application of research methods into a critical understanding of contextual research.
Ability to undertake critical and self-reflective practice.
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Course organiserMr Robbie Bushe
Course secretaryMs Sherrey Landles
Tel: (0131 6)50 4400
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