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Undergraduate Course: Contemporary Sculpture (LLLA07048)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5

Introducing the core concepts of 3D fine art, this course aims to develop an understanding of contemporary sculptural practices. Referencing sculptural techniques from the 1960's to the present day, students will investigate the use of materials and examine ideas of form and space. Students will be encouraged to explore relationships between a wide range of found, recycled or other materials to conceive, create and present a range of sculptural forms.
Course description Outline of Content
The course teaching is typically delivered over weekly class sessions of around 3 hours each and totaling 30 hours. Alternatively, the course can be delivered more intensely or as a block if required.
Over the class sessions the course will cover:
- Introduction to key concepts within contemporary sculpture.
- Introduction to basic materials, experimenting with paper, card and recycled sculptural 'ingredients'
- Considering form and space, introduction to plaster and clay techniques.
- Combines and assemblages. Working with found, ready-made and recovered objects;
- Looking at place, in relation to the gallery.
- Looking at place, in relation to the outdoor context.
- Experimenting with personal ideas and materials.
- Creating a personal project including contextual references.
- Looking at how to present work.
- Develop and create an Individual Project.

The Learning Experience
The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, students' progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a 'directed study plan' which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.

Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness. Students are expected to demonstrate how their research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks, a visual digital journal and practical outcomes.
The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Unless otherwise stated, all students on this short course pay a published course fee per enrolment.
Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:

- Plaster
- Card
- Wire
- Hand tools

Materials and equipment available for purchase during the course:
(Estimated cost: 5-50 depending of usage and prices)

- A limited supply of clay
- A limited supply of basic paper.

In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicate tools, materials and equipment:
(Estimated cost: 10 - 30 depending on usage and prices)

- Sketch books; essential
- Later in the course you will need to provide the materials you choose to use (except the above).
- Cameras to document work and sites. These can be phone cameras. There will be a camera at times to borrow but it is much easier for students to document their own work and keep a record of images.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  10
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 3
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment (required for all credit courses).
(Occurs in weeks 6 or 7 of the 10 week course)

A formative assessment session will occur in week 6 or 7 of the taught element of the course. Each student will undertake a 5 minute verbally presentation with their practical work in progress to other members of the class group followed by a 5 minute group critique supported by the course tutor. Each student will also electronically submit their work in progress digital journal to the course tutor.

Indicative and supportive feedback will be summarised in written form on the digital journal which will give an indication of what areas requires to be address in order to meet the published learning outcomes. This will comprise of short written summary of action points.

Summative Assessment
(Occurs at least 2 weeks after the last taught class)

Two weeks after the end of the class teaching, this course will be assessed by the submission of:

A digital journal documenting a summary of the learning journey as evidenced in the portfolio
(Indicate time spent: 20 hours)
This will include a summary of idea development, media exploration, contextual research, critical reflection and outcomes through notes, annotation, illustration and photography.

A portfolio of visual art/design works
(Indicate time spent: 80 hours)
This will include a selection of resolved design works, sketchbook works, preparatory studies, visual research and evidence of a contextual awareness.

The Digital Journal and Portfolio must be presented in a clear and professional manner appropriate to the discipline. The submission should include work undertaken within the class as well as directed and independent study out with the class.

The combined Digital Journal and Portfolio submission will be assessed against the three learning outcomes for this course. These are equally weighted (33.3% each) and each will be given a percentage grade. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 30% in each learning outcome and an overall combined mark of 40% minimum.
Feedback Formative Assessments
This will comprise of short written summary of action points of areas requiring addressing to meet the learning outcomes, but no indicative grades will be given.

Summative Assessments
On completion the assessment - each student will receive a % mark for each learning outcome along with written feedback putting in context the % mark and outlines areas for development.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, context and ideas: Demonstrate an enquiring and experimental approach for a range of materials to explore form and space, supported by contextual research and references.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques: Demonstrate an informed understanding and an appropriate use of materials to create a range of personal responses.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection: Evidence appropriate judgement to document, select, edit and present a range of personal sculptural forms, supported by accompanying sketchbooks, journal and photographic images.
Reading List

PATRIZO, A. 1999 Contemporary Sculpture in Scotland. Craftsman House
HOLSWORTH, H W. (Ed) 2012, Art Now Vol 3. Taschen
BANN, K. 2003, Jannis Kounellis. Reaktion Books London
HOBBS. R., 1982, Robert Smithson: a retrospective view. Ithica NY: Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art,
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to deploy sculpture construction techniques.
Working creatively in 3D.
Ability to demonstrate the use of composition and design in 3D.
An understanding of contemporary sculpture.
Ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of contemporary sculpture within visual culture.
KeywordsSculpture,Recycled,Materials,3D,Clay,Plaster of Paris,Contemporary
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMr Benjamin McNab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832
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