Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Visual and Cultural Studies (ARTX08084)
|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 is an introduction to Visual Culture and its intersections with 20th century and contemporary art practice.
The course provides students with a firm grounding in Visual Culture: the study of visuality, and the cultural frameworks in which visuality is governed, produced and regulated. The course introduces you to key concepts, themes, and approaches in the study of visuality and images. These include concepts of the gaze and spectatorship, technological reproduction and media, consumerism and commodity culture, the power of images in a global economy, and the interface between contemporary art and image culture.
Is our world increasingly visual and if so why? How do we understand images, and what is their function in contemporary culture? We will explore visual culture both from historical perspectives and from the perspective of contemporary culture and contemporary art practice. Students will gain a strong awareness not only of cultural history and the place of artistic practice within this, but also of the key theories of the 20th and 21st centuries that have helped shape our understanding of visual culture and the image-centred world in which we live.
The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
History of Art 2 (HIAR08012)
||Other requirements|| None
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 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Formative Assessment Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1. Formative: Ongoing active participation in the seminar portions of the course/oral presentations in seminars.
2. Formative: 800 word image analysis. Indicative Deadline: Week 5
3. Summative: 2000 word essay (100%). Indicative Deadline: Semester 2 exam period (April)
||All learning outcomes equally weighted and applicable to all components of assessment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Evidence academic skills and judgement in identifying, collating and synthesising sources.
- Demonstrate independent and creative thinking.
- Evidence written and presentation skills in line with academic requirements.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of concepts pertaining to visual culture.
|John Berger. Ways of Seeing. Penguin 2008|
Guy Debord. The Society of the Spectacle. Rebel 1992
Simon During (ed.) The Cultural Studies Reader. Routledge 2007.
James Elkins. Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction. Routledge 2003
Nicholas Mirzoeff. How To See The World: An Introduction to Images, from Self-Portraits to Selfies, Maps to Movies, and More. Basic Books 2016.
Nicholas Mirzoeff. An Introduction to Visual Culture. Routledge 1999.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Research skills, criticality, reflection
|Keywords||visual culture,contemporary art,image
|Course organiser||Dr Kamini Vellodi
Tel: (0131 6)51 5800
|Course secretary||Miss Clara Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)51 5763