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Postgraduate Course: Scottish Art Since the 1960s: Practice and Debate (HIAR11066)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryYou have come to the University of Edinburgh to study art history. Have you ever considered the significance of Scotland's own recent art?

Starting with the turbulent 1960s, going right up to the present, this course will help you explore the theoretical dimensions of a phenomenally exciting period of art that exists right in front of you. Boyle Family and Ian Hamilton Finlay speak to the counter culture generation and conceptualism; John Bellany, Steven Campbell and Alison Watt in neo-figuration; or the 1990s wave of successful installation, environmental and post-conceptual artists such as Christine Borland, Douglas Gordon and Martin Creed; finishing with the most recent practices available.

We use critical theory as a powerful lens to assess their work. The result is a dual approach of on-the- ground encounters with art alongside theories of identity politics, psychology, deconstruction, nationalism and globalisation. In the end, you may even think that some of the best modern and contemporary art is right on your doorstep.
Course description Most classes are seminar-based, in the classroom. However, there are also plenty of opportunities to visit sites of artistic interest. A popular feature are the seminars held in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and other cutting-edge galleries and public spaces in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Primary material and curatorial practices come alive in these sessions. Such visits encourage an appreciation of the cultural ecologies that have shaped Scottish art over the last fifty years. The course even allows you to design some of the final classes yourself.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 21/09/2020
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) 4000 word essay
Feedback Formative Feedback:

Students will produce a three-page outline of their intended art historical essay topic, with either a short free-text introduction followed by section headings and themes or a single sustained piece of writing on a key artwork that will be discussed in the final course essay. This formative work will be submitted in Week 5. By Week 7 this will be returned to the student by the Course Organiser, with specific comments and a one-to-one meeting to explain the feedback personally and to discuss future assignments.

Summative Feedback:

Students will have a one-to- one meeting with the Course Organiser to discuss the course essay and the written feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a number of artists, exhibitions and/or forms of post-war Scottish visual art within the context of their historical and cultural period.
  2. Be confident in using a full range of key critical theories and themes from the 20th Century to the present of relevance to Scottish post-war art.
  3. Think independently and self-reflectively, making original connections between familiar and new ideas or material.
  4. Develop a number of skills, particularly visual (including observation, description, interpretation, and presentation), research (including use of appropriate methods to locate primary and secondary sources and works of visual art, but also forming research.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills In-Depth Knowledge of the Field of Study:

- A comprehensive and well-founded knowledge of Scottish art after 1960.
- An understanding of how other critical theory relates to Scottish art after 1960.
- An international perspective on Scottish art after 1960.

Effective Communication:

- The ability to collect, analyse, and organise information and ideas, and to convey those ideas clearly and fluently, in speech and writing .
- The ability to interact effectively with others in order to work towards a common outcome.

Independence and Creativity:

- The ability to work and learn independently.

Critical Judgement:

- The ability to define and theorise art historical problems.
- The ability to apply critical reasoning to issues through independent thought and informed judgement.
- The ability to evaluate opinions, make decisions and to reflect critically.

Ethical and Social Understanding:

- An appreciation of the philosophical and social contexts of a Scottish art after 1960.
- A knowledge of Scottish culture and the contemporary period and an appreciation of cultural diversity.
Special Arrangements None
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Andrew Patrizio
Tel: (0131 6)51 1782
Course secretaryMrs Anna Johns
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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