Undergraduate Course: Reality Check: (Realities explored through Materiality in Creative Art Practice) (ARTX08060)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course explores issues of perception, interpretation and dissemination of notions of 'Reality', by introducing a range of ideas and dynamic approaches to image, body, space and time, informed by a variety of disciplinary perspectives (photography, sculpture, media and movement). This course is delivered jointly by a team from the Schools of Art and Design at Edinburgh College of Art. Individual and group projects are equally encouraged.
Expected outputs will depend on each student's particular interest, but will most likely include 2-D analogue and digital imagery, moving image, sculpture and performance elements
This course will be delivered through a mixture of presentations, seminars, workshops, field trips, and student-led critique sessions, where individuals or groups of students present their work in progress for peer discussion. Elements of sculpture, still and moving image, movement and psychology will be introduced to generate discussion and ideas exchange that will help interweave participants' interests and develop increasingly focused areas of common interest on how we experience reality and the world around us.
With an emphasis on 'exploration', participants will be encouraged to participate in workshop situations, as well as engaged in independent-learning projects to investigate real and imagined spaces and human interactions taking place therein. Before submitting their project proposals, students will be made aware of the ethical implications of working with people and other sensitive subject matter and are expected to take this into account.
There will be a number of selected sites or contexts with which to work and experiment and a focus on the use of digital technologies. This may include multi-screen projection and live streaming, as well as synthesizing analogue with digital methods, and examining the possibilities of this kind of hybridity: examples of this could be traditional pinhole images seen through smart phone apps.
This fluid approach invites an exploration of looping processes as well as aquatic metaphors such as streaming in order to communicate processes, ideas or phenomena (such as floating, freezing, flooding, overflowing).
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 36). 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.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|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)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Students present their research and work to date in the form of a 10 slide powerpoint Pecha-Kucha. In or around Week 11 students present physical work: Verbal Feedback. Students have a further 3 weeks from last class (Presentation) before final hand in.
Students should upload to Learn:
A single PDF file documenting their research ( including primary and secondary sources) and the process of the production of practical work. This should be an annotated visual document with a maximum word count of 2,000.
This component of assessment is applicable to all learning outcomes which are equally weighted.
||There will be a midpoint review and feedback session.
Written feedback will be given on the summative assessment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- present evidence of research and investigation into perceived realities, carried out through students' creative practice as evidenced during the elective
- present evidence of having engaged in relevant aspects of multidisciplinary working methods both through students' practice and exploration of theory
- present a body of work that articulates a focused response to the subject
|Ede, Sian (2005) Art & Science, I.B.Tauris|
Kemp, Martin (2006) Seen | Unseen: Art, science, and intuition from Leonardo to the Hubble telescope, OUP Oxford
Stokes, Dustin, Matthen, Mohan and Biggs, Stephen (eds) (2014) Perception and Its Modalities, OUP USA
Abram, David (1997) The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World, Vintage Books; 1st Vintage Books Ed edition
Searle, John (2015) Seeing Things as They Are: A Theory of Perception, OUP USA
1995 Bill Viola, Reasons for Knocking at an Empty House: Writings 1973-1994. Edited by Robert Violette with Bill Viola. Cambridge: MIT Press; London: Thames and Hudson; Anthony d'Offay Gallery
The Photograph: A Visual and Cultural History
Graham Clark. Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Development of observational and analytical skills
Development of abilities of planning and resolving a personally motivated project, as well as collaborative practice of working
Development of research skills, library and location based and through the use of a variety of personal and institutional resources
|Course organiser||Dr Susanne Ramsenthaler
Tel: (0131 6)51 5882
|Course secretary||Miss Clara Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)51 5763