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Postgraduate Course: Rome across Time and Space. Visual Culture and Cultural exchanges, c. 300-1300 (HIAR11044)

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
SummaryBetween 312 when the pagan Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity and 1305 when Pope Clement V left for Avignon, the City of Rome was one of the leading centres of the world. The former imperial capital was transformed into the administrative seat of the papacy and, later, of the Roman Commune too, being admired, often revered and sometimes even 'feared' for its influence as the political and intellectual centre of all Christendom. Rome thus became one of the most important goals of pilgrimage, and a vibrant centre of cultural exchange where unrivalled expressions of art and architecture were constantly being commissioned. Whilst the rulers of the City preserved the essential legacy of the Ancient World by turning antique buildings into churches, they quickly learned to 'manipulate' this legacy and, in so doing, transformed its original meaning. Rome's imperial heritage, ritual and public space, religious and secular architecture, mosaics, frescoes, icons and sculpture will be examined in their historical and intellectual context.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 1
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 All students submit an outline of the essay in progress, in week seven of the semester. You will be given a ten-minute oral individual feedback on this within few days of the hand-in date.

Marked and monitored essays are also returned to students in ten-minute individual feedback sessions before the end of the teaching period
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. gain knowledge of art and architecture produced in Rome over a thousand years, and an understanding of the role played by cultural exchanges both in both shaping and transforming art
  2. gain understanding of the interplay between archaeological, art-historical and written evidence, and will learn to make critical use of both textual and visual evidence
  3. learn to engage critically with modern scholarship and with different methodological approaches
  4. gain understanding of the role of modern copies in the study of medieval works of art (in particular on the basis of the first-hand analysis of copies of medieval Roman mosaics at the National Galleries of Scotland)
  5. develop a connoisseurship, that is you will develop the visual and analytical skills required to provide an approximate date for an early medieval work of art and to understand its original function and context (in case of a loose fragment), and to date and attribute a late medieval work to an artist/workshop.
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KeywordsThis course brings students to a real awareness of Rome over a thousand-year period and develops the
Course organiserDr Amelia Hope Jones
Course secretaryMrs Anna Johns
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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