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Undergraduate Course: Art: Studio 1A (ARTX08066)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to introduce you to what Art Practice means in a contemporary context. It involves working with a range of starting points to learn about the investigation and development of sources, the translation of ideas using various methods and the presentation of art work both in the studio and public environment.
Course description Over the semester you will undertake a series of projects of varying length each with distinct activities, emphasis and challenges. These begin with a collaborative exhibition which sets an ambitious task within a tight deadline; it will allow you to meet other students and tutors, work quickly on an ambitious installation and show your work to the wider audience of ECA. This defines a work pattern and use of the studio that is built upon in subsequent more individual projects. These projects include; the obsessive recording of a space in as many ways as possible, using the immediate environment of the college both as a source of ideas and a place to site work and working as a group to curate, install and present a group exhibition to the public.
At the beginning and throughout each project you will be introduced to various strategies of investigation, making and presentation. This will be done both by lecture based presentations and studio discussions of a range of artists both contemporary and historical, one to one tutorials and group discussion about your individual work and your exposure to how others respond to each brief within the studio workplace. There will also be workshops that will introduce you to and expand your knowledge of various processes of photography, sculpture, printmaking and digital imaging.

Certain tasks will be set within each brief but they will be open enough to allow each you to develop a range of unique, personal responses which develop your ideas and practice in unexpected and ambitious ways.

Throughout this course you will have the chance to discuss your work with a wide range of tutors all with different expertise and a very broad range of both theoretical and practical knowledge that can act both as a catalyst and problem solver for your work.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Art: Studio 1B (ARTX08067) AND Introduction to Visual and Cultural Studies (ARTX08063)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on a Degree Programme in the School of Art.
Additional Costs Students are expected to pay for basic Art Materials and Equipment, depending on quality the costs range between 30 to 50. Specific materials and equipment will vary depending on students individual choice of method of production.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 44, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 134 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The summative assessment at the end of semester 1 is based on a body of work where all the course projects are represented. The assessment requires at least 80% of practical projects on the course to be completed and available for discussion. Along with accumulated notebook material, drawings, objects, photography and documentation of transient installations the portfolio will also contain a written element which summarises contributions to collaborative projects, tutorials and studio discussions and critiques. (This will be a maximum of 600 words).

A review of your work will take place midway through the semester.
You should present in your studio all work produced up to that date. You will receive feedback on your progress at that point.

Studio work will be assessed against learning outcome 1, 2, 3 and 4. The written element will be assessed against learning outcome 5.
Feedback You will receive regular feedback in your designated timetabled classes about your work from tutors in the studio. This may be as one to one tutorials or group discussions. (These group discussions will contain feedback from other students also).

At the review of your work midway through the semester you will take key notes about the discussion of your work in the studio. You will transcribe these notes and they will be reviewed by the tutor who may add other elements to them.

At the summative assessment you will receive grades and written feedback in relation to all 5 learning outcomes.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an ability to collect images, objects and texts which evidence an investigation of chosen themes.
  2. Examine ways of developing your chosen area of investigation
  3. Realise work in an appropriate form
  4. Identify and explore a range of methods of presentation appropriate to the artwork
  5. Show an ability to make constructive contributions to collaborative projects, tutorials and studio critiques.
Reading List
Fischli Weiss : flowers & questions : a retrospective
Peter Fischli 1952- David Weiss 1946-2012.; Bice Curiger 1948-
London : Tate ;2006

Ways of curating
Hans Ulrich. Obrist Asad Raza
London : A. Lane ;2014

Vitamin P : new perspectives in painting
Julia Hasting; Barry Schwabsky
London : Phaidon ;2011

The studio reader : on the space of artists
Mary Jane Jacob; Michelle Grabner
Chicago : School of the Art Institute of Chicago : University of Chicago Press ;2010

Vitamin D2 : new perspectives in drawing
Matt Price editor,
London, England : Phaidon Press Limited ; New York : Phaidon Press Inc. ;2013

Vitamin 3-D; new perspectives in sculpture and installation.
Reference and Research Book News, Vol.26(1)
Ringgold Inc ;Feb 2011
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to investigate ideas, problem solving, working to deadlines, knowledge of processes, skills in collaborative projects.
Course organiserMr John Brown
Tel: 0131 221 6063
Course secretaryMiss Ellie Mccartney
Tel: (0131 6)51 5879
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