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Postgraduate Course: Contemporary Art Theory (ARTX11040)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course enables you to consider your contribution to the field of contemporary art. Each year, three themes in contemporary art practice and theory are identified for group research. The themes focus your consideration of contemporary art's increasingly diverse subject-matter, geographies, ecologies and processes. Crits and tutorials help you to critically re-assess current issues in contemporary art and to re-conceptualise and present your relationship with this rapidly expanding field in action-research.

Course description Aims of the Course:
1.To generate an action-based research environment that enables staff and students to learn together.
2. To enable you to undertake a systematic analysis of three themes emerging in the practices and discourses of contemporary art.
3. To enable you to engage with and make a contribution to the field of contemporary art.

- Lecture Programme on Issues in Contemporary Art
- Three workshops in which students engage in action-research.

Indicative subjects:

1. Education: Art School
2. Education: Unlearning
3. Education: Workshop
4. Artwriting: Artists' Writing
5. Artwriting: After Art Criticism
6. Artwriting: Workshop
7. Artworlds: Ontologies
8. Artworlds: Hypereconomics
9. Artworlds: Workshop
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. Demonstrate a highly developed command of visual and material literacy and an imaginative critical faculty.
  2. Successfully engage your peers in discussions that articulate the relationships between contemporary art practices and related theories and discourses.
  3. Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to principle theories and discourses at the forefront of contemporary art.
Reading List
- ELKINS, James. Why Art Cannot Be
Taught, University of Illinois Press,2001.
- MADOFF,Steven Henry,Art School:
(Propositions for the 21st Century}, MIT Press,2009.
Theory in Contemporary Art: From 1985
to the Present, Blackwell Publishing,
- THORNTON, Sarah,Seven Days in Art
World, Granta,2008.
- TAYLOR, BRANDON. Art Today, Laurence
King Publishing, 2004.
- FOWLE, KATE To Be Continued»:
Contemporary Art Practice in Public
Places, B.T. Batsford Ltd,2003.
- RANCIERE,Jacques,The Future of the
Image, Verso,2009.
- VIRILLIO, Paul,Art and Fear, Continuum,
- JULIAN.Art Incorporated: The Story of Contemporary Art, Oxford University Press,2004.
- DOHERTY, CLAIRE. Contemporary Art: From Studio to Situation, London: Black Dog,2004.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - By researching in groups and working towards common goals you will learn social skills and negotiating skills, understand accountability and appreciate alterity.

- You will learn extradisciplinary skills, an understanding how to gain an applied knowledge of disciplines that are relevant to your research by engaging with case studies.

- You will learn a range of artwriting and publishing skills; working with IT, social and print media. These skills relate to the distribution of their work.

- You will learn pedagogical and mentoring skills; how to write workshops in relation to your own practice and to the practices of contemporary art.
Keywordscontemporary art; art theory; aesthetics; art market; artist-led
Course organiserMr John Beagles
Tel: (0131 6)51 5909
Course secretaryMiss Jennifer Watson
Tel: (0131 6)50 2010
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