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Undergraduate Course: Making Animal Studies (ARTX08069)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers a diverse structure of visits, workshops, reading sessions and practical instruction which will introduce students to contemporary thinking about animals. The intention is to stimulate dialogue and produce artworks which explore our complex relationship with and dependency on animals. This will be achieved through direct observation, anatomy class demonstrations and through discussions in response to written material from the expanding inter-disciplinary field of Animal Studies.

Planned visits may include Edinburgh Zoo, Summerhall, Anatomical Museum, a cat café, National Museums of Scotland (Granton store) and The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.
Course description The course will offer students an introduction to the expanding field of Animal Studies. Throughout the course students will be asked to read texts for seminar discussion, join organized trips to view city-wide collections, and participate in practice-based workshops. Students will receive an introduction to working with art materials including demonstrations of welding and casting processes. This course will inform and encourage new ways of thinking about animals and support the student to develop ideas and produce personal visual responses to the subject.

Wks 1, 4, 5, 8,10 11 studio based instruction and formative feedback
Wks 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, study visits, talks and reading groups

Texts will cover these subject areas: Comparative Anatomy & Comparative Psychology, Pets and Pet keeping, Animal Ethics, Animal Death, Animal Resurrection ¿ Taxidermy. Texts may take the form of academic journal papers/chapters, other prose or poems.

Observation and training will take place at ECA, NMS, R(D)SVS and include art material inductions, drawing from live and dead animals, and an opportunity to practice and learn suturing techniques.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is open to any student with enrolments managed on a first come first served basis until the course is full (quota is 15). To allow students to attend the academic fair and consider their options note that this course will remain closed until Wednesday 12th September. If you wish to enrol please sign up for the course after this time. Do this via your your own School (they will advise if this is done your Personal Tutor, SSO or Teaching Office). Please note that we do not keep a waiting list.

Additional Costs Bus fares for study trips and all art materials will be covered by the student
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Interpret texts and research visual ideas in relation to current Animal Studies
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of current Animal Studies and communicate the development of ideas through visual media
  3. Show engagement through group discourse & individual strategies & outputs
Reading List
Donna Haraway- Companion Species Manifesto, Paradigm, 2003
J.R Ackerley- My Dog Tulip, NYRB Classics, 1965
John Berger- About Looking, Vintage Books, 1980
Steve Baker- The Postmodern Animal, Reaktion Books Ltd, 2000
Konrad Lorenz- King Soloman¿s Ring, Routledge, 2002
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On completion of this course the students will have:
* Worked independently and within groups
* Developed technical making skills
* Applied analytical thinking to translate ideas from texts and practical sessions into visual outcomes
KeywordsContemporary Animal Studies,Comparative Anatomy in Edinburgh,Educational Tools,Animal Ethics
Course organiserMs Andrea Roe
Course secretaryMiss Clara Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)51 4164
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