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Undergraduate Course: Art as Process: Ways of Learning, Making, Working Together (ARTX10055)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 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 workshops and seminars. 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 is a workshop-based course, each session will consist of 1 hour of a practice-led workshop followed by 1 hour of critical reflection and discussion related to the activity and assigned weekly readings.

The course readings will encourage you to analyse and question the forms of learning that art schools accommodate and encourage. Helping 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.

The workshops 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. This will involve engaging in group activities that reenact and/or sample processes of learning, making, and working together. You will work with peers in groups to perform activities related to the approaches, ideologies, and teachings espoused and embodied by the case studies presented on the course. The course is intended to give you an experiential understanding of what and how art schools produce art education and contribute to visual culture discourses. These sessions are also intended to demonstrate how practice-led research into these subjects can be conducted, providing you with the experience and critical tools necessary to tackle your course assignments and develop future independent research proposals.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, External Visit Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment: Essay 1000 words
Submitted mid-semester, approx. week 6
(0%) - feedback/feedforward will be given based on Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3.

Summative Assessment: Research Proposal
4000 words
Submitted approx. week 11/12
(100%) - assessment will be based on Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3.
Feedback Formative Essay - submitted mid semester approx. week 6 via Learn Written/verbal feedback/forward via Learn in 15 working days of submission Summative Research Proposal - 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 be asked to prepare 1000 word excerpt for their written assessment task and will receive verbal or written feed forward / feedback on this in advance of the final submission date. Summative assessment: 4000 word essay. 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. Undertake a high level of independent scholarly research that concerns problems and issues regarding the visual culture of art education.
  2. Critically analyse a range of textual and non-textual discourses concerning art school, art education, and theories of learning.
  3. Articulate research into the visual culture of art education in ways that are imaginative, rigorous and creative.
Reading List
Madoff, S.H. (2009) Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century), London: MIT Press
Beck, J. & Cornford, M. (2014) The Art School and The Culture Shed. London: The Centre for Useless Splendour
Reardon, J. & Mollin, D. (2009) Ch-ch-ch-changes: Artists Talk About Teaching. London: Ridinghouse
Thorne, S. (2017) School: A Recent History of Self-Organised Art Education, Berlin: Sternberg Press
Bergman, A., Salinas, A. and Boric, I. (2016) Forms of Education: Couldn't Get A Sense of It, Berlin: INCA Press
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Demonstrating a critical, detailed knowledge and understanding of learning theories, educational practices and key examples from the forefront of the field of art education and their relationship to contemporary art practice).

Acquiring critical techniques and approaches that will help the student execute a defined project of research, development and investigation. From which the student will gain knowledge and understanding that makes a significant contribution to the development of the student's Visual Culture and studio-based work).

The ability to critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in art education & learning theories to contemporary art practice).
KeywordsArt schools,Visual Culture,Collaboration
Course organiserMr Jake Watts
Course secretaryDr Eadaoin Lynch
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
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