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Undergraduate Course: Outside Now (Site Specific Art, Research and Practice) (ARTX08059)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will deliver for each student the opportunity to research, develop and create their own Public Art Proposal, site specific to a particular Edinburgh City Centre location.

The students will be encouraged to consider all forms of Public Art and will aim to produce proposals to a professional standard. They will receive advice in making maquettes and how to produce Photoshop imagery. During the course each student will make a presentation of their proposals to the group.

The course will start with structured classes, lectures, research visits and discussion. Beyond this students will be asked to consider how they might research, focus on and develop a self-motivated projects which will engage with more particular ideas, such as:

The notion of the site specific and how it relates to the creative process
Engagement with both Contemporary Public Art and the Pre-Modern Monumental traditions
The role of memory in defining the identity of place
Issues relating to the language of scale and materials and how they affect both the artwork and the viewer.
Understanding the architectural nature or natural environment of a space and how that may inform a response.
Awareness of the debate around permanent v temporary proposals in Public Art
The role of communities and audiences in informing and participating in the developmental process
Course description The course follows a practice based/research model.
Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5: Research based approach to a specific site and the realisation of a visual response.
Weeks 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Personal research and development of individual project with a view to the formation of a detailed proposal for a particular site.

As described in short description
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Field trips and materials for model making.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  24
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, Fieldwork Hours 12, External Visit Hours 9, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will submit the following:

A written statement outlining their approach to the brief and the site they have chosen to work with. No more than 600 words.

Evidence of personal research, for example sketchbook work, photographs, reflective notes and collected information relating to aspects of the course.

Visualisations of their proposed artwork in the site they have chosen to work with, this could be achieved either as a 3D model/maquette and or Photoshop images and details of scale and material.

All of the above must be submitted as a PDF, 15 images maximum, maximum file size 8MB.

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:

Equal weighting of learning outcomes.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research and investigate a range of possible environments for proposed public art works, taking into account different historical and contemporary approaches to Art in public spaces.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of these issues through the development of their own responses to particular spaces and communities.
  3. Consolidate and disseminate a proposal related to their chosen location through presentation to staff and students.
Reading List
1. One Place After Another; Site Specific Art and Locational Identity
Miwon Kwon, MIT Press, 2004
2. Art and the City
Nicholas Whybrow, IB Tauris 2011
3. Public Art; Theory, Practice and Populism
Cher Krause Knight, Wiley-Blackwell 2008
4. Lure of the Local
Lucy Lippard, The New Press, 1997
5. Place
Tacita Dean and Jeremy Millar, Artworks, 2005
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to plan, develop and resolve a personally motivated project
Research skills: library based, studio based, through use of collections, public archives, internet and museum resources.
Special Arrangements Beyond the participant's individual research, there will be organised research trips for all participants to sites of relevant interest.
Additional Class Delivery Information Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5: Personal research and development of individual project with a view to the formation of a detailed proposal for a particular site.
KeywordsContemporary Art,Public Art,Site Specific Art,Sculpture,Research and Practice
Course organiserMr Kenneth Hunter
Course secretaryMiss Ellie Mccartney
Tel: (0131 6)51 5879
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