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Undergraduate Course: Scottish Art in the Age of Change 1945-2000 (HIAR10035)

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
SummaryThe central purpose of this course will be to examine the complex and shifting relationship between the work of the major post-war Scottish artists (Eduardo Paolozzi, Boyle Family, Hamilton Finlay, Alison Watt, Douglas Gordon, etc.) and the wider developments of modern and postmodern art. The structure of the course will be broadly chronological. It will examine the development of the post-war Scottish and international art scenes, concentrating on the dominant characteristics and themes in the art of this period. This will require the students to focus their critical attention on how Scottish artists have responded and contributed to such aspects of modern and contemporary art as - realism, expressionism, abstraction, constructivism, conceptionalism, feminism, etc. These topics will not only be examined in terms of their stylistic features, but also within the context of socio-historical study and visual critical theory. The course is designed so that lectures, seminars and essay topics complement one another. Some of the seminars will take place outside the University, in locations such as the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. A special site visit will also be arranged to Little Sparta, the garden of In Hamilton Finlay.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: History of Art 2 (HIAR08012) OR Architectural History 2A (ARHI08002) AND Architectural History 2B (ARHI08003)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above, and we will only consider University/College level courses. **Please note that 3rd year History of Art courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  21
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 24, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 24 hour online examination paper (50%) and 1 x 2,000 word extended essay (50%)
Feedback Constructive feedback accelerates learning and improves the quality of your work. For this course, there is one piece of formative assessment.

You are asked to write summary reports of seminar discussions. These are exercises in learning how to summarise important scholarly findings succinctly and accurately.

Every student is expected to contribute at least one ┐write-up┐, jointly with one other student. This must be submitted by the beginning of Week 7 at the very latest. At the beginning of the course students commit themselves to the write-ups they will work on by signing up on a sheet provided by the course organiser listing all topics to be covered. These will mainly be in two parts - a write-up of the focused discussion on one artist and the artistic/cultural/social/political contextual discussion around that artist.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)24 hour online examination paper0:05
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the historical and artistic development of modern and contemporary Scottish art from 1945 to 2000.
  2. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the broader contextual dimensions of post-war Western art.
  3. Seek out and study a range of textual commentaries as well as critically examine the visual nature of the art itself.
  4. Acquire a secure understanding of the critical theoretical writing on modern and contemporary art which has been produced during the last five decades.
  5. Discuss in the seminars and write in their essays about difficult and demanding art historical and theoretical concepts, which need to be mastered for a fuller aesthetic appreciation and critical understanding of the course material.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Andrew Patrizio
Tel: (0131 6)51 1782
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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