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Undergraduate Course: The Model - Making & Meaning (ARTX08070)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe model is long standing trope within art history and has become, in more recent years, a device or visual and intellectual metaphor that has informed contemporary art practice.

Students will consider technical & conceptual strategies in the development of 3D model making.
Course description This research and practice based course involves the study of historical and contemporary model making in both artistic and wider spheres, and the ways and means, both technical and intellectual, of evolving strategies in the proposition and construction of models as individual responses to the world.
Students will explore model making as a form of representation, of instruction, as pragmatic proposition (maquette) or as an articulation of the impossible. Students will build on their understanding of existing phenomena and generate creative and analytical responses to the idea of the model.

In this course students will be encouraged to explore the idea of the model as:

A representation of time: past (model as memory) present (model as ideal) and future (model as proposition)
Readings of the real and imagined, the literal and the metaphorical.

Students will be expected to evolve personal strategies and concepts alongside the development of appropriate technical knowledge in the construction of three-dimensional hand-crafted representations of ideas.

The course is structured by the following key theoretical and practical elements :

Lectures on the conceptual concerns of the model in the context of Visual Culture / Art / Design / Cinema / Education.

Lecture on full scale architectural microcosms - for example, the caravan / the kiosk / the allotment.

Independent research relevant to individual student responses.

Online Tutorials with instruction on materials, methods and processes, focusing on the design, reasoning and construction of model making, from initial proposition through to final realisation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on a the following programmes: Art, Fine Art, Intermedia, Painting, Photography or Sculpture
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 24, External Visit Hours 6, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 154 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback At each tutorial & group discussion you will receive verbal feedback.
In week 7 you will have a tutorial where you will be required to show 2 examples of preliminary 3D constructions and associated research, plus one example of plans / propositions for future development supported by a 250 word outline. You will receive formative written feedback following these tutorials.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Present evidence of research & investigation of the model through the theory and practice of historical and contemporary contexts.
  2. Present evidence of identifying methods of recording & the development of a personal language in relation to 2D design & 3D construction.
  3. Present a body of work that articulates a focused response to the thematic.
  4. Demonstrate engagement through group discourse & individual strategies & outputs.
Reading List
THOMAS DEMAND: Fondation Cartier, New York. Thames & Hudson 2000.

RACHEL WHITEREAD DRAWINGS: Tate Britain 2010

CHRIS BURDEN: Author┐Fred Hoffman, Thames & Hudson 2007

A BOTTLE OF NOTES & SOME VOYAGES: CLAES OLDENBERG & COOSIE VAN BRUGGEN
Rizzoli International Publications 1988

THE BUILT, THE UNBUILT, & THE UNBUILDABLE: Robert Harbison, Mit Press 1991

ECCENTRIC SPACES: Robert Harbison, MIT Press; New edition 2000.

JEAN PROUVE: PRE-FABRICATION, STRUCTURES AND ELEMENTS: Benedikt Huber, Pall Mall Press, 1971.

HOBBIES MAGAZINE.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills An ability to structure research ; An ability to work independently ; Development of practical skills and material use ; Development of analytical & reflective skills.
KeywordsModel making,miniature,scale,investigation,drawing,photography,3D,Construction,Art
Contacts
Course organiserMr Charles Stiven
Tel: 0131 221 6063
Email: c.stiven@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryDr Eadaoin Lynch
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
Email: eadaoin.lynch@ed.ac.uk
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