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Undergraduate Course: Textiles in Contemporary Art Practice: making and thinking (ARTX08079)

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
SummaryThis practice-based course will provide students with an overview of the use of the textile in contemporary art practice. Through a series of lectures, external visits, practical workshops and independent learning through making and thinking, students will consider how and why textiles in their broadest sense are used in artworks and gain an understanding of the currency of these languages within current art practice.
Course description Throughout the course students will be introduced to artists who have utilised textiles in their practice and will consider both the historical and contemporary contexts in which they have operated. It will provide students with a framework for exploring the textile from a creative and critical perspective. Students will look at the readymade and handmade, the constructed and found object as well as mechanical and digital production. There will be external visits to the National Museum of Scotland textile collection at Granton and to the Dovecot, as well as practical workshops and artist's talks. The focus will be on individual learning through making and students will be encouraged to experiment with various processes and techniques, whilst considering the implications of the materials and tools employed in the production of artworks.
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
Additional Costs Materials for individual use. (approx. 20.00) Bus journeys in Edinburgh (approx. 10.00)
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, investigate and understand the use of textiles in contemporary art practice.
  2. Develop a self-initiated approach to textiles in art practice through the exploration and application of appropriate textile methods and processes.
  3. Demonstrate criticality and reflection through the production of a resolved work or series of art works.
Reading List
Parker, Roszika . The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine. The Women's Press, London 1984
Art Textiles. Corner house Publications
Hemmings, Jessica. The Textile Reader. Bloomsbury Academic 2012
Ingold, Tim. Lines: A Brief History. Routledge 2007
Sennet, Richard. The Craftsman. Allen Lane 2008
Adamson, Glenn. Thinking Through Craft. Bloomsbury Academic 2007
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Developing and structuring research and knowledge of the scope and defining features of textiles in the context of art production.
Developing practical, analytical and reflective skills
Working independently on generating a self initiated art practice.
KeywordsTextiles,making,process,contemporary art,performance
Course organiserMs Susan Mowatt
Course secretaryMiss Hannah Morrison
Tel: (0131 6)51 5763
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