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Undergraduate Course: Artistic Research 2 (ARTX08076)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryArtistic Research is investigation embedded in art practice. Research can be individual or cross-disciplinary in nature and both approaches can be utilised to make new connections and responses that are relevant to each student's practice. Students will develop a critical approach towards original research which may be individual or collaborative. Their artistic research will effect the realisation of artworks, installations, performances and other artistic practices. Across the School of Art students from all areas will participate in tutorials, workshops, lectures and cross disciplinary seminars to help them develop a critical approach to artistic research.
Course description On this course you will develop visual intelligence through the study of theory and practice, and develop an investigative and questioning attitude to your art work. In doing so you will explore the methods of enquiry that artists employ to explore the material world. In contemporary art practice the scope of themes, methods and concepts available are extensive. In surveying these myriad approaches, the course will also introduce the importance of developing a critical base to research practice.
This course will allow you to develop and articulate a cogent and meaningful research relationship to your own work and, importantly, to the work of others. Staff and students engage in rigorous, discursive conversation, exploring and developing the ideas generated by student activity. Whilst a research method can lead towards a predetermined realization it can also work towards an unforeseen and newly discovered situation. This course encourages inventiveness and experimentation.

The course provides the creative and practical resources to enable the student to meet their potential, this includes technical workshop facilities: printmaking, wood and metal. Through a series of talks we will look at a range of practices from Intermedia, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture to develop a lexicon of research practice with both common and diverse strands.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Costs vary according to chosen methods and sustainable practice is encouraged.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 21, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative Assessment, semester 2.

One research report, and accompanying documentation of your working process. This full account must include visual documentation, for example: drawings, photographs, samples from notebooks with accompanying textual description and analysis. This could include responses to the research talks, artists' critical writings and other theoretical texts. (1200 words). This report can be split into volumes.

Students will receive graded and written feedback within 15 working days of submission.

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
All learning outcomes apply to research report and are equally weighted.
Feedback Formative assessment, Week 12 Semester 1. students present the following
You will hand-in one research proposal. This proposal will include visual documentation, for example: drawings, photographs, samples from notebooks with accompanying textual description and analysis. This could include responses to the research talks, artists' critical writings and other theoretical texts (600 words).

Students will receive graded and written feedback/forward within 15 working days of submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a discerning understanding of a defined range of core research concepts, principles and terminologies inherent in current art practice.
  2. Select, test and make appropriate use of materials, processes and environments.
  3. Show evidence of an ability to analyze and contextualize personal research in relation wider current art practices.
Reading List
Documents of Contemporary Art, a series of anthologies dedicated to major themes and ideas in contemporary art. Pub. Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT press.
Vitamin Series a series of anthologies dedicated to drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, pub by Phaidon
The Object Stares Back on the nature of seeing by James Elkins 1996 pub Simon & Schuster
What is Art? Conversation with Joseph Beuys pub by Claireview Books Ltd 2012
Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton pub by Granta Books 2012
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical and reflective judgement, ability to generate concepts, individually and collaboratively.
KeywordsArticulation and sharing of knowledge,Original research,Invention,Investigation
Course organiserMs Elizabeth Adamson
Tel: 0131 221 6064
Course secretaryMiss Ellie Mccartney
Tel: (0131 6)51 5879
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