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Postgraduate Course: The Celtic Question : Art in early Britain and Ireland (HIAR11043)

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 explores the art and spirituality of Britain and Ireland from the time before the Romans until the arrival and eventual occupation by the Vikings.
Course description You will study a wide range of media including illuminated manuscripts (such as the Lindisfarne Gospels, Celtic Psalter and Book of Kells), metalwork (liturgical objects, reliquaries, jewellery and armour) and stone sculpture (Northumbrian and Irish high crosses as well as Pictish cross-slabs and standing stones). We will visit a number of nearby collections of Pictish and Anglo-Saxon monuments, metalwork and manuscripts, discussing display strategies and conservation issues as well as the objects forms, materials and meaning. More specifically, the course focuses on the role of sight and perception in pre-Christian and Christian culture, where both saints and heroes were frequently described as gifted with special vision.
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
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 4,000 word essay
Feedback Students create a portfolio of reading responses throughout the semester. These will be collected mid-semester. Students then have a one-to-one meeting with the instructor discussing these, the upcoming essay and their performance to date. Additionally, students are given written feedback and an individual feedback meeting on their essays.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. analyse insular objects in terms of their historical and art historical contexts. Students will also be expected to consider the various questions and issues of this field of study, especially the nineteenth and twentieth-century debates concerning the term "Celtic".
  2. illustrate the extent to which immigration and conversion impacted the beliefs and artistic practices of the various Insular cultures and peoples.
  3. assess the impact of the physical environs and landscape upon our perception and experience of monumental works.
  4. appraise different responses to the controversial question of diplay and to what extent these objects should be restored and/or conserved.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Location will be confirmed in Handbook
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Megan Boulton
Course secretaryMrs Anna Johns
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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