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Undergraduate Course: Visual Research 4 (20 credit) (ARTX10035)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will consolidate an enhanced understanding of critical reflection in relation to methods of information gathering and editing of resources appropriate to your specialism.

Course description Drawing on a focused body of resources and visual material you will define a personal perspective in relation to your work.

1. To engage critically in specialist visual research in relation to art practice.
2. To build on and enhance an understanding of research that underpins a self-motivated approach to studio practice.
3. To identify appropriate materials, methods and processes of research within the context of your own work and current practice.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Artistic Research - Themes and Methods (ARTX10048) AND Contemporary Artistic Research (ARTX10051)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Art Practice 4 (ARTX10038) AND Presentation: Methods & Context 4 (ARTX10037) AND Visual Culture Research Project (40 credit) (ARTX10040)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on a Degree Programme in the School of Art.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 178 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment is formative at end of Semester 1 and summative at end of Semester 2.

1. A hard-copy of your research report (1500 words).
2. A statement (300 words) and any digital files (Audio or Video) or web links should be uploaded to LEARN.

All components are equally weighted and compulsory.

The research report, which should be included as hard copy with your portfolio, should detail your years' body of work.

- It should articulate how an artwork has been arrived at.
- How did you start?
- What did you look at?
- What processes did you use?
- What context are you working in?
- What are your methods?

The word count is 1500 words.

The report is therefore a synthesis of what you looked at. This could include sections from notebooks, your own writing (descriptive and reflective) as well references to other outside influences such as other artists or institutions like galleries or museums. The format should be chosen to reflect your working processes and should include visual and other material that was instrumental in the development of your work throughout the year.

- Drawings and Collage (including digitally manipulated material)
- Sketchbooks and Notebooks
- Models and Maquettes
- Any other material you utilised to feed and inform your work.

This should not be everything you have produced or looked at over the year, but a carefully selected range of material that became significant in the development and realisation of your art Practice.

The research statement that outlines your approach to your research should be uploaded onto LEARN. This piece of writing outlines what informs your work, what is its context? This should not just be a list of books or articles that you have read but should be concerned with how you have assimilated things looked at, listened to, and read. The word count is 300.
You may also upload any digital files (Audio or Video) and web links.

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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Investigate: Present evidence of a critical understanding of key practices and methods that underpin a substantial project(s).
  2. Reflect: Demonstrate an ability to reflect on the impact of visual research on a considered body of work.
  3. Apply: Demonstrate a professional ability to apply a sophisticated clearly defined body of research in the support of studio practice.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Self Directed Study, Collaboration, Negotiation, Technical methods, Critical evaluation.
KeywordsResearch,Historic and current art practice,visual documentation,critical evaluation,proposals
Course organiserMr David Moore
Tel: (0131 6)51 5883
Course secretaryMiss Ellie McCartney
Tel: (0131 6)51 5879
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