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Undergraduate Course: Understanding Contemporary Art Practice (LLLA07149)

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
SummaryThe classification of ┐contemporary art┐ as a particular form of art as opposed to a general descriptive phrase goes back to the beginnings of Modernism. What defines contemporary art practice is inherently always on the move, anchored in the present with a start date that moves forward and is influenced by a plethora of trends and short-term movements. This course will combine an academic approach to understanding recent art movements such as Modernism, Postmodernism and their influence on contemporary art practice with an exploration and development of personal ideas through practical artworks. It will look at different approaches to contemporary art practice and encourage students to develop their own ideas and methodologies in this context.
Course description Over the weeks the course will cover:

Introducing Modernism
Introducing Postmodernism
A Contextual Approach
Exploring Contemporary Approaches Short Project
Beginning Personal Project
Work towards 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 2
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:

    Demonstrate a critical understanding of and engagement with modern and contemporary art practice through contextual and personal research.
    Evidence a meaningful understanding of contemporary art practice and how their own work and personal enquiry relates to this context.
    Present a personal project that demonstrates an ability to develop, edit and articulate a selection of contemporary artwork underpinned by personal research, practice and self-reflection.
Reading List
Jallabrass, J. ┐Contemporary Art: A Very Short Introduction┐, Oxford University Press, 2006
Osborne, P. ┐Anywhere or Not at All: The Philosophy of Contemporary Art┐, Verso Books, 2013
Bonham-Carter, C. ┐Contemporary Art┐, Goodman Books, 2013
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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