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Undergraduate Course: Sinners, Saints and Seers: Scottish, Irish and English art from 600-900 (HIAR10068)

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
SummaryUmberto Eco has described the Book of Kells as 'the product of a cold-blooded hallucination' while James Joyce advised aspiring writers to pour over the intricacies of its pages. This course explores Insular artworks such as the Book of Kells, Lindisfarne Gospels, Ruthwell Cross, Pictish Symbol Stones and the great Irish High Crosses. Made in the isles of Britain and Ireland between 600-900, these objects reflect the merging of Celtic, Germanic and Mediterranean cultures. We will visit a number of nearby collections of monumental stone sculpture, metalwork and manuscripts, discussing materiality, performance and iconography as well as aspects of heritage management such as questions of display, conservation and relations with local communities. The course focuses upon the role of vision: metaphorical, mystical and actual.
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 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
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 In week 5, students will be asked to submit a short-writing sample (300-500), plan and bibliography for their essay. Feedback will be given in 1:1 meetings held in week 6.

Around mid-semester, there will be individual meetings to discuss submission and performance to date as well as any concerns or suggestions students may have about the course. These meetings and the portfolio feed forward to the essay submission. In addition to the written feedback on the essay, we will have a second meeting at the end of the semester to discuss essay and performance to date, looking forward to the exam.
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. Analyse artworks in terms of their iconographic programmes, structure, and style.
  2. Discuss artworks in terms of their historical context.
  3. Appraise Insular works from multiple approaches such as: word-image relationships; materiality; gender; cultural appropriation; secular and religious agendas; epistomology; performance, etc.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Megan Boulton
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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