Undergraduate Course: Research Writing Studio (ARTX10053)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Research Writing Studio emphasises student writing as 'practice' as indicated in the use of 'Studio' in the course title, providing students with examples of excellent interdisciplinary practice (such as dramaturgy, experimental fiction, performative writing, site-writing etc.), the technical skills with which to develop their original writing projects and the relevant theoretical frameworks to reflect critically. This course will advance a useful link between studio and critical studies.
Research Writing Studio emphasises student writing as 'practice' as indicated in the use of 'Studio' in the course title, providing students with examples of excellent interdisciplinary practice (such as dramaturgy, experimental fiction, performative writing, site-writing etc.), the technical skills with which to develop their original writing projects and the relevant theoretical frameworks to reflect critically. This course will advance a useful link between studio and critical studies.
This course is designed to recruit students from across the five schools of ECA, and in addition to students outwith of ECA (such as from Languages, Literatures and Cultures).
The course will be delivered across ten weeks, with six lectures each outlining a key methodological approach, six seminars, and eight hours worth of fieldwork, four sessions @ two-hours each (site-writing etc.) which will put this method into practice: student fieldwork activity will be presented and discussed in the last four seminars.
Students will work in seminar groups of no more than 12 students, as this is the maximium number for the effective teaching of writing.
This is a SCQF Level 10, 20 credit course. With one summative assessment of a portfolio of research writing totalling 3,000 words: there would be two main components to the summative assessment, 2,000 word of 'research writing' utilising one of the methodologies outlined in the course (70% weighting) and 1,000 word critical reflection on the chosen methodology in an analytical and theoretically appropriate manner (30% weighting).
Ideally, this course should run in Semester One, so that students have the opportunity to advance their writing skills as early in the academic year as possible.
This course proposal has been designed in response to student demand. The proposer has taught writing across all five ECA schools (at UG, PRT and PGR level) and seen the need to develop a new course, which will examine and test more experimental methods of writing within the academic framework.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of research writing
- Apply specialist knowledge and skill within the broader theoretical framework pertaining to research writing
- Critically identify, conceptualise and execute a defined research writing project
- Engage and present methods appropriate to research writing
|Fusco, M. Give Up Art: Collected Writings. LA/Vancouver: New Documents, 2017|
Hilevaara, K. & Orley, E. (eds). The Creative Critic: Writing as/about Practice. London: Routledge, 2017
Kraus. C. Video Green. Cambridge MA: The MIT Press, 2004
LeGuin. U.K. Steering the Craft. NY: Bloomberg, 1998
Queneau, R. Exercises in Style. London: Oneworld Classics, 2008 
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course will provide the following Graduate Attributes and Skills:
To be able to make critically identifications and analysis
To be able to interpret and offer professional level solutions to problems
To be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of originality and creativity in relevant issues
To be able to critically review and apply knowledge, skills, practices and thinking across disciplines
|Keywords||experimental writing,interdisciplinary writing,dramaturgy,research writing
|Course organiser||Ms Maria Fusco
|Course secretary||Miss Ellie McCartney
Tel: (0131 6)51 5879