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Undergraduate Course: Gendered Soundings? Sound art & feminism (ARTX10059)

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
SummarySound art, a term used to describe works which merge music and visual art has evolved in various formats since the 1980s. This course makes use of critical feminist theory to explore contemporary sound-related practices.
Course description Visual Culture, by the nature of its very name tends to favour an occularcentric appreciation of contemporary art and culture. Since the 1980s, the term sound art has been used to describe works which merge music and visual art. This has been driven in part by developments in sound reproduction technology as well as experimental composition, interdisciplinary practices and installation formats. Whilst often considered in relation to how it differs from traditional music practices, the development of sound art as a dematerialised practice, shares many parallels with visual art. Rather than think through the fields of music, art and sound separately this course considers each in conjunction with each other. In doing so the course provokes questions about how we read and make contemporary work. Further to this, the course places gendered readings and theories at the centre of its concerns. Female practitioners in the relatively new field of sound art are underrepresented and often ignored in the dominant literature. This course will be motivated by a mobilisation of critical feminist theory to evidence the contribution of women working across the mediums of painting, performance, sound objects and sound montages to the scholarship of visual culture.
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 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, External Visit Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x essay plan 1,000 words (formative)
1 x 4,000-word essay or audio essay (summative)
Feedback Formative Essay Plan - 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 be asked to prepare an Essay Plan 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. Present evidence of a high level of independent, scholarly research via group seminars and your written submission.
  2. Critically analyse a range of textual and non-textual discourses concerning gender and sound art, demonstrating a creative and original response to new problems and issues with regards to visual culture.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to write, talk and visualise responses to gender and sound art in visual culture, in oral and written formats. Present this research in forms that are imaginative, original and creative.
Reading List
Campt, Tina. (2017) Listening to Images. USA: Duke University Press
Carson, Fiona and Claire Pajaczkowska. (2000) Feminist Visual Culture. UK: Edinburgh Uni Press
Hemmings, Clare. (2011) Why Stories Matter: The Political Grammar of Feminist Theory. USA: Duke Uni Press Nicholson, Linda. (1990) Feminism/Postmodernism. UK: Routledge
Noy, Irene. (2017) Emergency Noises Sound Art and Gender. Germany: Peter Lang Publishing
Thompson, Marie. (2017) Beyond Unwanted Sound: Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism. Bloomsbury
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING :
Demonstrating a critical, detailed and knowledge and understanding of sound art and its relationship to gender and contemporary art practice.

Knowledge and understanding that is generated through research that makes a signifcant contribution to the development of the students Visual Culture and studio-based work.

The ability to critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in gender theory and practices of sound art to contemporary art practice.
KeywordsSound,Feminism,Visual Culture
Course organiserDr Rebecca Collins
Tel: (0131 6)51 5875
Course secretaryDr Eadaoin Lynch
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
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