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Postgraduate Course: TPG Visual Cultures (ARTX11037)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis module investigates methods and theories involved in the analysis of contemporary art and visual culture.
Course description This course is designed for both theory and studio students.

The aim is to provide them with a selection of the necessary analytical and research skills for study of visual culture at postgraduate and doctorate study. It is concerned with the analysis both of general methodological issues and also of specific texts representative of current discourses of analysis.

Aims of the Course:

1. To encourage critical reflection on the process of research in general and on particular research in the field of visual culture.

2. To assist you in the articulation of academic discourses appropriate to the development of your practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research - Identify and justify an aspect of Visual Culture for discussion.
  2. Analyse - Nurture visual and written communication skills that enable you to critically articulate your analytical and creative processes.
  3. Communicate - Write an essay applying appropriate research and analytical tools for the study of Visual Culture.
Reading List
ARANDA, J. et al. (eds) (2011) Are You Working Too Much? Post-Fordism, Precarity, and the Labor of Art. UK: e-flux Course Handbook: ARTX07046 Introduction to Visual Culture

BARNARD, M. (2001) Approaches to Understanding Visual Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

BERGER, J. (1972) Ways of Seeing.

CAVALLARO, Dani. (2001) Critical and Cultural Theory. UK: The Athlone Press.

ELKINS, J. (2003) Visual Studies: a skeptical introduction. New York: Routledge.

ELKINS, J. (2001) Why Art Cannot Be Taught: A Handbook for Art Students. USA: University of Illinois Press.

FISHER, M. 2009 Capitalist Realism. Washington: Zero Books.

FUERY, P. & FUERY, K. (2003) Visual Cultures and Critical Theory. UK: Arnold Publishers.

HALL, S. (1973) Encoding and Decoding in the Television Discourse. UK: University of Birmingham.

HARRISON, C & WOOD, P. ed. (2003) Art in Theory. Oxford: Blackwell.

HEBDIGE, D. (1979) Subculture: The Meaning of Style. UK: Routledge.

KAPROW, A. Essays on the blurring of Art and Life, University of California Press, 2003.

KOCUR, S. and LEUNG, S. 2012 Theory in Art since 1985. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

MCCRACKEN, G (2005) Culture and Consumption II, Markets Meaning and Brand Managament. USA: Indianna University Press.

LEROI-GOURHAN, A. (1966), Gesture and Speech. Cambridge: MIT/ October Books.

MCROBBIE, A. (2005) The Uses of Cultural Studies. UK: Sage Publications.

MIRZOEFF, N. (1999) An Introduction to Visual Culture. London: Routledge.

NOCHLIN, L. (1971) Why have there been no great women artists? ARTnews. January: 22-39, 67-71.

RAMPLEY, M. (ed.)(2005) Exploring Visual Culture: Definitions, Concepts, Contexts. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

RELYEA, Lane. (2013) Your Everyday Art World. UK: The MIT Press.

SONTAG, S. 1979 On Photography. Penguin Classics.

STURKEN, M. (2001) Practices of Looking: an introduction to visual culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

WALKER, J. & CHAPLIN, S. (1997) Visual Culture: An Introduction. UK: Manchester University Press.

WILLIAMS, G. (2014) How to write about contemporary art. UK: Thames & Hudson.

WILLIAMS, R. (1983) Keywords: A vocabulary of culture and society. London: Fontana.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge that covers and integrates most, if not all, of the main areas of realting to the study of visual culture, including their features, boundaries, terminology and conventions.

A critical, detailed and often leading knowledge and understanding at the forefront of the study of visual culture.

The ability to plan and execute a significant project of research, investigation or development.

The ability to apply knowledge, skills and understanding in applying a range of standard and specialised research and/or equivalent instruments and techniques of enquiry.

The ability to apply knowledge, skills and understanding in using a significant range of the principal professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with the study of visual culture.

The ability to apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to forefront issues, or issues that are informed by forefront developments in the study of visual culture.

The ability to communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise and to communicate with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists.
Special Arrangements N/A
Study Abroad N/A
Additional Class Delivery Information Seminar-based teaching.
KeywordsVisual Culture,Aesthetics,Visual Theory,Representation,Visual Anthropology,Historiography,Lite
Course organiserProf Neil Mulholland
Tel: (0131 6)51 5881
Course secretaryDr Eadaoin Lynch
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
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