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Undergraduate Course: Drawing Practices: Contemporary Approaches (LLLA07228)

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
SummaryThis course challenges perception of what drawing can be, exploring the potential of materials, considering three dimensions and exploring the use of digital technologies, crossing boundaries between drawing and other fine art disciplines.
Course description Academic Description
This course is aimed as extending the students awareness and possibilities for contemporary approaches within drawing. Explored through a series of personal and directed projects, considering and exploring drawing in three-dimensions and employing digital technologies, such as smartphone and tablet drawing applications. Students shall look to other disciplines to evolve and develop personal ideas, pushing their own boundaries to explore the fringes for what drawing can be.

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:

- Employing the use of the sketchbook for recording, researching and evidencing work.
- Develop a series of works, based on directed and personal references themes and subjects.
- Engaging in independent research and projects.
- Employ a range of drawing materials and approaches.
- Consider drawing with iPad and tables and other digital formats.
- Consider the edge of drawing such as drawing as installation, as sculpture and as land art.
- Make site-specific observational drawings (as required).
- Use photographic references to support developing ideas and themes.
- A series of discussions and group critiques based on each project theme.
- Introduction to a range of relevant artists.
- Keep a log/blog during the period of the course to record learning, achievements and challenges.

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
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, context and ideas: Demonstrate an enquiring work ethic and range of personal strategies for recording and developing visual ideas and concepts, integrated with a range of relevant contextual research.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques: Demonstrate a range of imaginative and inventive approaches to explore the possibilities within drawing, to create a range of focused and coherent visual studies and resolved works.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection: Evidence independent and appropriate judgement in the documentation, selection, editing and presentation of a body of coherent artworks.
Reading List
Bradley, F. 2005. Louise Hopkins, Freedom of Information The Fruitmarket Gallery.
BRADLEY, F. 2008. Lucy Skaer. The Fruitmarket Gallery.
ELLIOTT, P. 2007. Richard Long. Walking and Marking. National Galleries of Scotland.
TRACEY. 2015. Drawing Ambiguity: Beside the Lines of Contemporary Art. I.B.Tauris
MARSHALL. R. & SAWDON. P. 2012. Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art. I.B.Tauris
KOVATS, T. 2014. Drawing Water. Drawing as a mechanism for exploration. The Fruitmarket Gallery.
DEXTER, E. 2010. Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing. Phaidon Press.
DAVIDSON, M., 2011, Contemporary Drawing, Watson-Guptill.
DOWNS, et al. 2007. Drawing Now: Between the lines of Contemporary Art. I.B.Tauris.
KOVATS, T. 2005. The Drawing Book, a survey of drawing: the primary means of expression. Black Dogs Publishing.

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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The ability to employ the use of the sketchbook to explore and develop lines of visual enquiry.
The ability to explore visual ideas through various practical drawing and painting techniques, methods and approaches.
The ability to make independent judgments on the selecting, editing and documentation of their work, showing an insight into critical context and reflective practice.
KeywordsDrawing,boundaries,technology,smartphones,tablets,other disciplines,mark-making,sketchbook
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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