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Undergraduate Course: Ordinary Artefacts: Transforming the found object (ARTX08080)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to particular aspects of the discipline of sculpture, in particular creating sculpture through the reproductive process of mould making and casting. As part of this course students will examine and question the transformative journey of a found object to an artwork; through studying historic and contemporary examples as well through experiential learning through making.
Course description Students will start with a non-art/found object and by employing the process of casting, in particular flexible mold-making, take it on a transformative journey over the semester questioning and examining how and why it becomes an art work in their eyes. This approach simultaneously encourages process and conceptual development from the offset while learning many of the skills associated with casting throughout the course.

Physical outcomes may be in wax, plaster, rubber, porcelain, gelatin, ice, cement, chocolate, etc. anything that is safe to use and can be poured then set.
The course will also contextualize studio activity with presentations about personal and individual practice, current internationally known artists who use casting as part of their practice and alongside this will include visits to relevant local exhibitions and offer guided tours of Edinburgh's professional foundries.
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 12). 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 15 towards casting materials, cost may vary depending students choice of material.
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. Evaluate and respond to the subject and formulate appropriate approaches through an understanding of current and historical sculptural methodologies.
  2. Develop and apply fundamental and conceptual skills in by creating artworks through casting and the production of multiples.
  3. Realise effective and inventive sculptural solutions.
Reading List
Sculpture Toda.: Collins, Judith. Phaidon. October 2007
Vitamin 3-D New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation. Phaidon.2014
The Art of Rachel Whiteread. Jennifer Cross, Thames and Hudson 2004
Katharina Fritsch, Iwona Blazwick,Tate, 2002
Dieter Roth, Books and Multiples, Dirk Dobke, Mayer 2004
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to work collaboratively and independently. Critical and reflective analysis of process, transformation and materiality.
KeywordsArtefact,Material,Reproduction as art practice,Casting
Course organiserMr Gordon Munro
Course secretaryMiss Clara Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)51 4164
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