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Undergraduate Course: Romantics, Rebels and Revivalists: From Highland Glen to Scotland's Shrine, Scottish Art 1850-1927 (HIAR10169)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers students an insight to the changes in Scottish art from the period 1850 to 1927 and how the movements and developments in Scottish art relate to a wider European context. The course is structured as a series of two-hour seminars, focusing on a theme or movement each week while following a chronological pattern.
Course description The course explores the developments in Scottish art from the period 1850 to 1927. Working chronologically through different themes and movements, the course investigates how Scottish artists responded and contributed to changes in modern art. Beginning with Highland Romanticism in the 1850s, the course looks at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Glasgow School, Scottish Symbolists, the Celtic Revival, the Scottish Colourists and First World War art and memorials. Central themes focus on national identity, the spiritual and supernatural, and links between Scottish artists and the rest of Europe. Students will use visual analysis to critically examine painting, prints and sculpture. Course readings consisting of primary and secondary sources will allow students to discuss artworks in relation to their socio-historic context. The course is designed so that students will have the opportunity to study key works from the rich collections of Scottish art in local galleries and a site visit will be arranged to the National War Memorial.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: History of Art 2 (HIAR08012) OR Architectural History 2a: Order & the City (ARHI08006) AND Architectural History 2b: Culture & the City (ARHI08007)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 2
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) Formative assessment:
presentation on an allocated topic.

Summative assessment:
1 x 2000 word essay 50% - submitted weeks 8-10
1 24 hour online exam 50%
Feedback Students will receive written and verbal formative feedback on their formative assessment. The formative assessment will be a presentation on an allocated topic and the feedback will be provided in a one-to-one meeting with the lecturer.

Written feedback on your summative assessment (your coursework essay) will be provided within 15 days, with further one-to-one discussion with the lecturer.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)24 hour online examination paper0:05
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Acquire a detailed knowledge and understanding of the developments in Scottish art from 1850-1927.
  2. Develop scholarly and practical skills, such as visual analysis, critical reflection and evaluation; time management, organisation and teamwork.
  3. Engage critically with both primary and secondary source materials.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to both discuss and write about complex ideas examined in the course material.
  5. Demonstrate independent thought and enquiry.
Reading List
Roger Billcliffe, The Glasgow Boys: The Glasgow School of Painting, 1875-1895. London: revised edition 2008.
Jude Burkhauser, Glasgow Girls: Women in Art and Design, 1880-1920. Edinburgh: 2001.
Philip Long and Elizabeth Cumming, The Scottish Colourists: 1900-1930. Edinburgh: 2000.
Murdo Macdonald, Scottish Art (World of Art). London, 2000.
Duncan Macmillan, Scotland's Shrine: The Scottish National War Memorial. London, 2014.
John Morrison, Painting the Nation: Identity and Nationalism in Scottish Painting, 1800-1920. Edinburgh, 2003.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Visual and critical analysis
Organisation and planning
Verbal and written communication skills
Independent thought and research

KeywordsScottish Art,Painting,Sculpture,Memorials,Glasgow,Edinburgh,Romanticism,Revival
Course organiserMiss Michelle Foot
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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