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Undergraduate Course: Fine Art Printmaking: An introduction to multiples as artistic expression and strategy (ARTX08082)

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
SummaryPrinted images are ubiquitous even in a century that invites us to go paperless, digital and ephemeral. We continue to print posters and leaflets, information and art.

Fine art prints are original works of art that are made in multiple: they are not reproductions of works in other media, but images where meaning is invested through the media of woodcut, screen print, lithography etc. Reproduction may be used as a means of dissemination and communication, but may also be an extension of the creative process: a means of creating variations on a theme, or of producing large installations through repetition of a small number of modules.

This course asks you to explore your ideas through printmaking. You will be introduced to basic printing techniques that allow you to be creative and make images that are both original and unique as well as in multiple.
Course description This course will be launched with a lecture about the use of print in contemporary art so that students have an immediate insight into the possibilities created by print technology for their artistic practice. There will be a field trip to visits archives of prints and workshops out with ECA to see a wide variety of printed material from different eras.

There will be introductions to printing techniques in the print workshops at ECA that will allow them to experience the possibilities inherent in different mediums and prepare them to make work independently in the workshops. They will then be asked to plan individual suites of prints. To assist them in planning their individual projects they will be asked to present their work in a group critique and demonstrate how they plan to use print. Workshop sessions with the support of the tutor will allow for individual and group discussions to continue as they develop their work and a final group critique will allow them to present their work to the group and discuss their completed suite of prints.
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 Students are expected to pay for Art Materials and Equipment. Specific materials and equipment costs will vary depending on students individual choice of method of production.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  1
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 1, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 26, External Visit Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 153 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Final Submission - 100% Coursework (Learning Outcomes are equally weighted).

1) Evidence of a series of proof prints and sketchbook that clearly demonstrate research methods.

2) A reflective document of 500 words illustrated with proof prints and finished printed material.

3) A digital folio that documents finished prints in an appropriate context.

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:

LO1 A series of proof prints and sketchbook.
LO2 A reflective document illustrated with proof prints and finished printed material.
LO3 A body of finished prints.

Each component of assessment is equally weighted.
Feedback Formative written feedback will be given following their PowerPoint presentations at the mid point of the course. The PowerPoint should be a maximum of 15 slides, outlining work up to date and detailing the type of approach to be taken for the final suite of prints.

Summative feedback will be given after final submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Investigate and demonstrate a range of print methods and an ability to develop your subject matter through them.
  2. Show evidence of an ability to utilise multiple and reproductive techniques that are appropriate and enhance for your ideas.
  3. Produce a body of finished prints that display your control of technique and imagery working together.
Reading List
Installations and Experimental Printmaking, Alexia Tala London: A&C Black 2009
Richard Hamilton: new technology and printmaking Alan Cristea Gallery 1998
Printmaking at the Edge, Richard Noyce London: A&C Black 2006
Printmaking: Traditional and Contemporary Techniques, Ann d'Arcy Hughes, RotoVision 2008
Printmaking: a complete guide to materials & processes, Bill Fick, Beth Grabowski, London: Laurence King, 2015
Ana Maria Pacheco: Twenty years of printmaking, Pratt Contemporary Art 1994
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will gain knowledge of contemporary art and how artists define multiples, reproductions, unique and original images; the course demands that these terms are considered critically and supports the analysis of image-making through printmaking.
KeywordsPrintmaking,Multiples,Reproduction,Screen-print,Relief printing
Course organiserMr John Brown
Tel: 0131 221 6063
Course secretaryDr Eadaoin Lynch
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
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