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Undergraduate Course: Art Now: Practices, Theories and Institutions (ARTX08077)

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 insights into major aspects of contemporary art. It considers how contextual and historical factors inform contemporary art practices and how art in turn affects and shapes culture and society. Practices, theories and institutions of contemporary art are approached from the perspective of artist-practitioners.
Course description Art Now: Practices, theories and institutions takes contemporary art practices as its starting point. The course aims to expand your understanding of the contemporary context in which artists are working by examining the historical, philosophical, aesthetic and institutional developments within society, culture and art after 1945. The course also touches on the legacies that earlier developments in modern art - such as the notion of the avant-garde - have had on contemporary art practices. You will learn how these historical and philosophical-theoretical transformations intersect with the creation and dissemination of art and how art in turn advances the development and understanding of culture and society. In this way, Art Now complements your studies in the studio or in another field of study.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking History of Art 2 (HIAR08012)
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 126). 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 All reading material will be available in the library.
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. Undertake appropriate research and show knowledge of historical and theoretical themes relating to contemporary art practices, using a variety of critical, historical and visual sources.
  2. Demonstrate their knowledge of historical and theoretical developments as they apply to an analysis of contemporary art practices, art works or exhibitions.
  3. Convey their research and knowledge in a range of formats including a cohesively structured essay with relevant visual sources.
Reading List
Bishop, C. (ed.) (2006) Participation: Documents of contemporary art; Ed. By Claire Bishop. 3rd edn. LONDON: Whitechapel Art Gallery.
Foster, H., Krauss, R.E., Bois, Y.-A., Buchloh, B.H.D. and Joselit, D. (2011) Art since 1900: Modernism, antimodernist, postmodernism. 2nd edn. New York: Thames & Hudson.
Harrison, C., Wood, P. and Gaiger, J. (eds.) (2002) Art in theory 1900-2000: An anthology of changing ideas. 2nd edn. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.
Hopkins, D. (2002) After modern art 1945-2000 (Oxford history of art). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, USA.
Robinson, H. (ed.) (2001) Feminism-art-theory: An anthology, 1968-2000. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.
Smith, T. (2009) What is contemporary art? Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research, reflective-analytical, communication skills, criticality.
KeywordsContemporary art practices,artistic and critical theories,culture and society.
Course organiserDr Rebecca Collins
Tel: (0131 6)51 5875
Course secretaryMiss Clara Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)51 4164
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