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Undergraduate Course: Temporary Contemporary: Artistic Programming in Partnership (ARTX10063)

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
SummaryTemporary Contemporary allows you to interact with contemporary art as it happens in ways that are both relational and responsive. To enable this, the course critically shadows the programmes of two Edinburgh College of Art partner institutions. This means that the thematic focus will change every year, and within the duration of the course, as it forms a discursive core for learning about, and taking part in, contemporary art practice.
Course description The course practises 'authentic learning', placing you at the very heart of contemporary art in the making.

You will learn:
- how contemporary art is produced (programmed), distributed and 'prosumed'
- how such programming integrates transdisciplinary research through different methodological lenses
- about the many forms of knowledge that contemporary art produces and makes openly available and how these knowledges are openly contested by art (dissensus)
- how contemporary art organisations facilitate creative practice, widen cultural participation and support open learning across a wide range of communities
- how contemporary artists, critics, curators and programmers contribute collectively to the organisation and development of art
- how they can directly contribute to, and be supported by, the programmes of contemporary art organisations

The thematic approach enables the course to integrate with the School of Art's staff research and with our research groups (see It will allow you to fully engage with in the artistic development and programming practices of our partner institutions. The course forms a common purpose around which we can join forces to conduct research, enabling us to pool and share our educational resources with wider audiences.

By taking part in this course, equally, you be empowered through being given direct access to contemporary art in the making and will gain a greater understanding of art's importance in the wider world beyond the art school.

The curriculum design is based on a model of 'collaborative inquiry' (Heron and Reason, 1997). As part of a unique staff-student cohort, you will form a community of practice that establishes and completes an ambitious programme of propositional, practical, experiential and presentational collaborative inquiry. The process of collaborative inquiry may be integrated around any pressing theme; Temporary Contemporary will find its themes in the open learning resources accessible via the art programmes our local partners.
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
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. critically and creatively contribute to collaborative inquiry into contemporary artistic programmes
  2. provide constructive feedback that supports peer learning and research
  3. research, design and propose an artistic programme that enables innovative forms of collaborative inquiry
Reading List
The resource list will be @Resource Lists (Talis Aspire). The following is indicative reading only:

Coles, A. (2012). The Transdisciplinary Studio. Berlin, Sternberg Press.

Dombois, F. (2012). Intellectual Birdhouse : Artistic Practice as Research. London, Koenig Books.

Helguera, P. (2012). Art Scenes: The Social Scripts of the Artworld. New York, Jorge Pinto Books.

Heron, J. and P. Reason (1997). "A Participatory Inquiry Paradigm." Qualitative Inquiry 3(3): 274-294.

ICA. (2009). Nought to Sixty : 60 projects, 6 months. London, Institute of Contemporary Art.

Smith, T. (2012). Thinking Contemporary Curating. New York, Independent Curators International.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills By gaining a greater understanding of the multifaceted nature of how contemporary art is programmed, distributed and consumed, you will develop the following University of Edinburgh Graduate Attributes:

* curiosity for forms of artistic learning that make a positive difference in society
* professional readiness and courage to engage with arts programming locally and globally
* creative problem solving through autonomous and collaborative research
* critical and reflective thinking
* skilled communication and presentation of complex ideas to a range of audiences
Keywordscontemporary art,art programming,curating,art criticism,collaborative inquiry,art education,ICM
Course organiserProf Neil Mulholland
Tel: (0131 6)51 5881
Course secretaryDr Eadaoin Lynch
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
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