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Postgraduate Course: Themes in Contemporary Art (ARTX11044)

This course will be closed from 17 January 2019

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course enables you to reconsider your contribution to the field of contemporary art. Each academic year, themes in contemporary theory and practice are identified for individual and group research through course seminars and lectures. The themes are chosen to focus your consideration of contemporary art's increasingly diverse subject-matter.
Course description Group seminars, crits and tutorials will help you to critically re-assess your understanding of the field of contemproary art, to re-conceptualise and present your work in relation to this rapidly expanding field. In the research you will carry out for the seminars you will work collaboratively with studio students on researching and presenting your responses to the chosen themes, as well as working independently in theory only groups. Some teaching will be jointly delivered with the TPG Methods course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research: Demonstrate and present evidence of a high level of scholarly and independent research into the identified themes of contemporary art, in group seminar presentations and in your written essay submission.
  2. Analyse: Critically analyse a range of textual and non-textual discourses concerning current themes within contemporary art, demonstrating a creative and original response to new problems and issues within the discipline in your seminar presentations and essay submission.
  3. Communicate : Demonstrate the ability to write, talk and visualise responses to the identified themes in contemporary art, in oral and written formats. Present this research in forms that are imaginative, original and creative in your presentations in the group seminars and in your essay submission.
Reading List
Kalb, P, Art Since 1980: Charting the Contemporary, Pearson, 2014.

Kocur, Zoya. and Leung, Simon. Theory in Contemporary Art: From 1985 to the Present, Blackwell Publishing, 2004.

Kholeif, O et al (2014) You are Here Art after the Internet, Cornerhouse publication.

Cornell, Lauren and Halter, Ed, Mass Effect Art and internet in the twenty first century, MIT Press 2015.

Bishop, Claire, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship, Verso, 2013.

Steyerl, H, (2009), The Wretched of the Screen, Sternberg Press.

Turkle, S (2011). Alone Together. Basic Books.

Briadotti, R, The Posthuman Paperback 2013

Lovink, G, (2011), Networks without a Cause : A Critique of Social Media, Polity.

Krauss, C, I Love Dick, 2014, Serpent's Tail; Main edition (5 May 2016)

Krauss, C, Where Art Belongs, Semiotext, Feb 2011

Fisher, M (2009). Capitalist Realism. London: Zero Books.

Beradi, F (2009) The Soul at Work. MIT Press

Castells, M. (2000) The Rise of the Network Society, Blackwell

Klein, Naomi. (2008) The shock doctrine : the rise of disaster capitalism. London : Penguin, 2008.

Davis, Mike. (2006). Planet of slums. London : Verso, 2006.

Harvey, D. A Brief History of Neoliberalism 2008.

Preciado, B, Testo Junkie : Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic 2013.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge that covers many of the main areas of contemporary practice, including their features, boundaries, terminology and conventions.

A critical, detailed and often leading knowledge and understanding at the forefront of contemporary art practice.

Knowledge and understanding that is generated through personal research or equivalent work that makes a significant contribution to the development of the contemporary art practice.

The ability to apply knowledge, skills and understanding in applying a range of standard and specialised research and/or equivalent instruments and techniques of enquiry.

The ability to apply knowledge, skills and understanding in using a significant range of the principal professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with contemporary art practice.

The ability to apply knowledge, skills and understanding in using and enhancing a range of complex skills, techniques, practices and/or materials that are at the forefront of contemporary art practice.

The ability to apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to forefront issues, or issues that are informed by forefront developments in contemporary art practice.

The ability to critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in contemporary art practice.
KeywordsContemporary art
Course organiserDr Deborah Jackson
Course secretaryMs Jennifer Watson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5335
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