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Undergraduate Course: Contemporary Art in Digital Culture (ARTX10046)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
The expansion of digital media in recent years has resulted in seismic transformation of our culture. We now have access to a level of visual and auditory material unheard of in the history of human civilisation. This course explores a range of responses to the impact of these developments on contemporary art and film.

Course description
The series of lectures, screenings and seminars will be split into two sections. In the first part of the course we will explore some of the more theoretical and conceptual responses to, and analysis of, digital culture. In the second part of the course we will examine a range of artistic practices that have attempted to respond to these changes. A wide variety of contemporary practice will be discussed (painting, sculpture, video, installation, performance photography, cinema and television).

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 17/09/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20, External Visit Hours 2, Online Activities 8, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 4000 word essay (100%)
Feedback Formative assessment (feed forward) will be given in relation to the written assessment at the mid-point of semester. Students will be asked to prepare an outline or draft proposal of their written assessment task and will receive verbal or written feed forward / feedback on this in advance of the final submission date. Students will receive full written feedback on completion of the summative assessment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research: Research and show a critical understanding and autonomy in identifying several principal methods of enquiry relating to and knowledge of practices in contemporary art and digital culture
  2. Analyse: Demonstrate a critical understanding of complex issues relating to histories, theories and practices of digital cultures as they relate to contemporary art.
  3. Communicate: Successfully communicate your original research, analysis and professional initiative in a well-structured, coherent and creative form.
Reading List
Blaxter, L. et al (2001) How to Research. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Booth, W. et al (1995) The Craft of Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Cottrell, S (2005) Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Rampley, M. (ed) (2001) Exploring Visual Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Rose, G (2001) Visual Methodologies. London: Sage.

Sturken M & Cartwright L (2001) Practices of Looking. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research methods, self motivated practice, collaboration, negotiation, critical evaluation
Keywordsvisual culture,critical evaluation,presentation,research
Course organiserDr Rebecca Collins
Tel: (0131 6)51 5875
Course secretaryMiss Ellie McCartney
Tel: (0131 6)51 5879
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