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Postgraduate Course: Curating (ARTX11047)

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 Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryYou will commission, produce, disseminate and archive art practices, locating your approach in relation to the expanded field of curatorial theory and practice.

This course supports curatorial praxis in the broadest - anthropological - sense of the curatorial and encourages you consider curating to be something that we all do. It facilitates you in generating your own organisational structures as a group; to design ways of working collectively that generate a cultural scene wherein others may join you.

We will begin by engaging with some of the conventional locations and settings wherein artworks continue to be displayed and consumed: professional institutions such as museums, galleries, festivals, biennale and art fairs. We will, equally engage with challenges to the professionalisation and institutionalisation of curating that have emerged from grassroots, artist-run and citizen-led cultures, learning from open, public, socially engaged organisations. Additionally, we will work with the ever growing body of cultural and epistemological practices that are described as the 'curatorial turn.'

As a cohort, you will work toward the realisation of a major group curatorial project. Supported by your tutors, you will collectively determine the direction and focus of the project. The project will take place towards the very end of Semester 2.
Course description In this course, through a series of site visits, workshops, e-tivities and production meetings you will examine a range of key developments in contemporary curatorial practice and theory. Working as a cohort, you will develop a curatorial programme by commissioning, producing, disseminating and archiving cultural practices.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 30, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 14, Fieldwork Hours 16, Online Activities 25, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 303 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will be based on the following components:

A Portfolio that documents and clearly visualises how you researched and contributed to the evolution of your group Curatorial Programme.

Critical Reflection on your Portfolio and that accounts for your own curatorial journey towards the realisation of your group Curatorial Programme. The Critical Reflection text cannot exceed 2,500 words. The word limit does not include footnotes, bibliography or Figs.

Peer Review Having contributed towards the realisation of your group Curatorial Programme, you will review the curatorial contributions made by at least one of your peers by examining and critically responding to their: a) Portfolio b) Critical Reflection.

All three learning outcomes are equally weighted to derive the overall mark for the course.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research: Identify, engage with and apply with a range of contemporary curatorial methods, practices and theories relevant to the commissioning, production, dissemination and archiving of cultural practices.
  2. Practice: Working with your peers, commission, produce, disseminate and archive cultural practices, locating your approach in relation to the expanded field of contemporary curatorial theory and practice.
  3. Review & Reflect: Critically analyse a) your own curatorial practices, and b) your peers' curatorial practices curatorial practices in relation to a range of contemporary curatorial practices and theories.
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Course organiserProf Neil Mulholland
Tel: (0131 6)51 5881
Course secretaryDr Eadaoin Lynch
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
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