Undergraduate Course: Drawn From the City (ARTX08058)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Edinburgh is a multi-layered city; it invites exploration across a compact and diverse topography. Evidence of the historic and the contemporary are visible side by side; this unique aspect of Edinburgh provides a range of phenomena for investigation.
This encompasses the tangible, physical, psychological and ephemeral, all of which invite a wide range of interpretation and response.
This course will explore aspects of mapping, architecture, atmospherics, surface, structure, colour, time, history and circumstance.
Students will be encouraged to employ a variety of tactics in establishing and developing a personal language of response. This can be realised through drawing, photography, notation and writing.
The course will start with structured classes, research visits and discussion.
Drawing methods, research strategies, and the capturing, collating and disseminating of material will be outlined through lectures and presentations from a variety of practitioners with different expertise. This would encompass artists, architects, historians, geologists and curators.
Beyond this students will be asked to consider how they might research, focus on and develop a self-motivated project that engages with more particular ideas, such as:
*Mapping (plotting, measuring, collating, movement)
*History (time, depiction, function, condition)
*Ambience (atmosphere, sound, light, rhythm)
*Perspective (structure, analysis, space, point of view)
*Narrative (stories, thematic, personal, universal)
*Archive (collections, resources, display, curating)
The course follows a practice based / research model.
Students will study via alternate weeks through structured classes/ lectures and self- negotiated field work and staff / peer to peer critiques.
As described in short description
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| This course is open to any student with enrolments managed on a first come first served basis until the course is full (quota is 24). To allow students to attend the academic fair and consider their options note that this course will remain closed until Wednesday 12th September. If you wish to enrol please sign up for the course after this time. Do this via your your own School (they will advise if this is done your Personal Tutor, SSO or Teaching Office). Please note that we do not keep a waiting list.
|Additional Costs|| Field Trips and drawing materials
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 6,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Fieldwork Hours 20,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3,
Formative Assessment Hours 3,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Present evidence of research and investigation of Edinburgh as a space and an idea.
- Present evidence of identifying methods of recording and the development of a personal language through drawing and other appropriate strategies.
- Present a body of work that articulates a focussed response to the subject.
|Invisible spaces, Italo Calvino.|
Species of Spaces & other stories, Georges Perec.
Eccentric Spaces, Robert Harbison.
Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh.
Burke and Hare, RL Stevenson.
The Map as Art, Katherine Harman.
Visionary Drawings of Architecture & Planning, Mit Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Development of Drawing / observational / analytical skills.
Development of abilities re planning and resolving a personally motivated project.
Development of Research skills, library and location based, & through use of personal and city resources.
|Course organiser||Mr Gordon Brennan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5902
|Course secretary||Miss Clara Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)51 5763