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Undergraduate Course: MA FINE ART 4 STUDIO AND RESEARCH (ARTX10054)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course will ask you to consider the relationship between your studio practice and the research you engage in to support and create it. Research may be contextual: what you read and study about your subject matter. It may be technical: how materials behave to produce specific results. It may relate to the presentation of the work and how you want it to engage the spectator. This course will support you in the development of critical thinking and synthesis of your research towards solutions for presentation.
Course description Through self-initiation and a motivated approach to your work, supported by critiques and tutorials, you will generate a critically informed body of work. You will learn to be analytical of the production and context of your work in relation to current fine art practice.

The course supports you as you define your personal area of research and encourages you to be experimental and ambitious. Through research it enables you to produce a body of work that is resolved and communicates your personal vision. Individual tutorials and group critiques help you critically analyse your methods of investigation and making, and their relationship to the resolved artworks.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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:  None
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 21/09/2020
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 3, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 19, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Other Study Hours 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 356 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) 12 hours allocated to Other Study Hours
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There will be one point of formative assessment at the end of semester one and summative assessment will take place at the end of semester two.
For both formative and summative assessments students should present a PDF document uploaded to Learn containing documentation of work made since the last summative assessment. It should include:
- evidence of a project space or work presented (using a maximum of 20 images clearly annotated. You may also use video or sound to evidence the work (maximum 10 minutes)
- A statement that outlines the relationship between your practice and research: what informs your work and its context, how you assimilate the things you look at, listen to and read (word count: minimum 500, maximum 1000)

All components of assessment are equally weighted and assessed against all learning outcomes.
Feedback Students will be given written feedback at both formative and summative assessment points within 15 working days. Students will receive verbal feedback during individual tutorials and group critiques.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop a cohesive body of work that is underpinned by appropriate research contextualised within the scope of current fine art practices.
  2. Demonstrate a high level of criticality in the application of methods, processes and materials essential to the realization of your ideas.
  3. Identify appropriate methods of presentation for your practice.
Reading List
Art Practice as Research: inquiry in visual arts Graeme Sullivan 2010

Method Meets Art, Second Edition Arts-Based Research Practice, Patricia Leavy 2015

Practice-led research, research-led practice in the creative arts, edited by Hazel Smith and Roger T. Dean, 2009 Edinburgh University Press

Art and Research: A Journal of Ideas, Contexts and Methods
Catch Me if You Can: Chances and Challenges of Artistic Research, Mike Hannula, Volume 2 No. 2 Spring 2009 ISSN 1752-6388

Framed Spaces: Photography and Memory in Contemporary Installation Art, Monica E. McTighe
Routledge ISSN: 0197-3762

Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture; 10 curators, 100 contemporary artists, 10 sources
Phaidon 2010
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Graduates will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the ways in which Contemporary Fine Art practice is developed, using a range of techniques and research methods.
Graduates will be able to create a defined project of research, development and investigation, identifying and implementing relevant outcomes.
Critically identify, define, conceptualise and analyse their personal practices in relation to contemporary Fine Art Practice.
Graduates will be able to exercise autonomy initiative and a professional approach to Art Practice.
KeywordsStudio Research,Contemporary Practice,Criticality,Methods,Making,Materials.
Course organiserMr Kenneth Hunter
Course secretaryDr Eadaoin Lynch
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
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