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Undergraduate Course: Approaches to Visual Culture (ARTX08086)

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 uses notable historical and contemporary case studies from art schools as the basis for a series of lectures, seminars and group work. During the course you will work with peers to collectively investigate what you learn in art school and how you learn it. You will be asked to critically reflect on your own experiences in art school in relation to the educational turn in art practice and the contemporary visual culture theories that have supported it. The course will culminate in you proposing your own new art education models.
Course description This course will include weekly pre-recorded lectures, online seminars with assigned weekly readings and group work. The course readings will encourage you to analyse and question the forms of learning that art schools accommodate and encourage. The lectures and readings will be based on notable approaches to learning from both historical and contemporary art schools and modes of self-organising, from Black Mountain College to School of the Dammed. These sessions along with online group work will help you to understand and research your own education within the theoretical context of the educational turn that has occurred within artistic practice. The readings will be drawn from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to provide you with a holistic understanding and contextualisation of the visual culture of art schools. You do not need to have an artistic practice or previous experience of learning in an art school context to be a part of this course. This course is about how artistic processes can inform how we critically and creatively learn.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking History of Art 1 (HIAR08009)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  124
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Online Activities 2, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 171 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Formative Essay - submitted mid semester approx. week 6 via Learn Written/verbal feedback/forward via Learn in 15 working days of submission

Summative Essay - submitted approx. week 12 via Learn
Grades and written feedback via Learn in 15 working days of submission

Formative assessment (feed forward) will be given in relation to the written assessment at the mid-point of semester. Students will receive verbal or written feed forward / feedback on this in advance of the summative submission date. Summative assessment: Grades and written feedback via Learn in 15 working days of submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop and present evidence of independent scholarly research into approaches to visual culture.
  2. Critically analyse and synthesise ideas, concepts, information, and issues concerning approaches to visual culture and contemporary art practices.
  3. Structure and convey complex information and knowledge of approaches to visual culture and contemporary art practices.
Reading List
Barnard, M (2001) Approaches to Understanding Visual Culture, Basingstoke: Palgrave
Rose, G. (2001) Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to the Interpretation of Visual Materials, London: Sage
Mirzoeff, N (2016) How to See the World: An Introduction to Images, from Self-Portraits to Selfies, Maps to Movies, and More, New York: Basic Books
Brisbin, C. & Thiessen, M. (2011) The Routledge Companion to Criticality in Art, Architecture, and Design, London: Routledge Heywood, I. & Sandywell, B. (2011) The Handbook of Visual Culture, London: Bloomsburry
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Demonstrate an understanding of theories, concepts, principles, and terminology within the discipline of Visual Culture and their relationship to the production and reception of contemporary art practices.

Apply knowledge and understanding that is generated through research that makes a significant contribution to the development of the students Visual Culture work.

Undertake critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of practices and thinking in Visual Culture to consolidate and extend knowledge of contemporary art theory and practice.
KeywordsVisual Culture,Criticality,Cultural Theory
Course organiserMr Jake Watts
Course secretaryMiss Hannah Morrison
Tel: (0131 6)51 5763
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