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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Community Arts Practice: Modes, Methods and Meanings (MUSI11053)

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
SummaryCommunity Arts is a fast evolving and developing discipline which at its core is 'engagement for all', and the opportunity to participate in and benefit from a practical exploration of the Arts in environments often marginalised and without access. This course will explore the many forms of community arts; how to get involved professionally, safely, practically and authentically.
Course description The act of being creative together can give opportunities for change, impacting on the individual, their community and the artists involved. The practice of community arts is ever changing and evolving. This cross-disciplinary activity is embraced in many sectors of ECA's pedagogy and research. The open borders of collaborative approaches connect people, disciplines, methods and genres, increasing our cognitive capacity, giving us new points of comparison and departure.
You will be encouraged to discuss the ways in which your practice maps onto the wider discourse, politics, history and practices of community arts. The course will also impart information from the latest research that shows awareness of the history of community arts practice.
There will be several presentations by visiting specialists who will demonstrate their practice and methods used in community arts. This will be followed by Q&A sessions. There is a range of teaching approaches across the course (lectures, tutorials and seminars) depending upon the content of each session.
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:  42
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 24, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) From the outset students will be working in small groups of 4 either in physical space or online.

Submission 1: Project pitch (10%) - Week 5. You will be presenting a short video on Padlet that demonstrates theoretical and creative components of your project. You will be asked to identify a context for your project, for example: working with a young offenders' institution, working within a refugee community. The project can be modelled on an existing project, for example, you can research an organisation, its ethos, and develop a rationale that guides the structure of your project. You will have small group tutorials to support the process.

Submission 2: Final portfolio (50%) - Week 9. Students will be assessed as a group. The portfolio can contain recorded video, online/live performance, presentation, or a combination of the above.
You will also submit 2 pages of A4 which outlines the group project rationale and overview
You will have the opportunity to demonstrate the different elements of your artistic practice and how they intersect.

Submission 3: Individual Reflective Essay (40%) - Week 11. You will write a reflective essay of 2500 words documenting your experience of the group project and examining issues in creative practice looking at the context for your work; organisation, structure, and ethos with an emphasis on the potential engagement. You could include a memory stick with additional digital content.

Submission 1 (10%)
Submission 2 (50%)
Submission 3 (40%)
Feedback Feedback: formative feedback will be given via group tutorials and ongoing Q and A sessions
Summative feedback will be given on your pitch presentation in week 5 by CO, tutor and your peers (Padlet), group project, and final essay submission in accordance with university guidelines.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Learn how their own artistic practice intersects with the needs of community arts clients and learn about the role community arts plays in wider culture (Knowledge and Understanding).
  2. Be informed of current approaches to community arts in the context of government, policy, artist careers, and the communities that benefit (Generic Cognitive Skills).
  3. Develop skills in devising materials suitable for a range of community arts contexts and develop detailed knowledge of the way different practitioners approach community arts work (Practice / Communication).
  4. Develop a better understanding of funding processes , fund-raising and producing collaborative community arts projects.
Reading List
Regular marvels : a handbook for animateurs, practitioners and development workers in dance, mime, music and literature /
Published: Leicester : Community Dance & Mime Foundation, 1994.

eds. Mark Webster and Glen Buglass, Finding Voices, Making choices: creativity for Social Change, Educational Heretics Press, 2004

Ken Robinson, Out of our Minds: Learning to be Creative, Capstone, 2011

Claire Doherty, Art in the Public Realm in London 1995-2005. Arts Council England, 2007.

Claire Doherty, Situation, London : Whitechapel Gallery ; Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2009.

Tim Ingold, Lines: A Brief History , 2007

Arcade : Artists and Place-making, London : Black Dog, 2006.

Mapping the Terrain : New Genre Public Art, Seattle, Wash. : Bay Press, 1995

Public Art Dialogue (Journal) Routledge

Art & The Public Sphere (Journal) Intellect

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course is available to practitioners from across ECA; designers, digitalists, architects, experimenters, musicians, animators, film makers, artists, sound designers, theorists and historians. As such, it will enable you to develop your accountability, participatory and collaborative skills. It will help to broaden your artistic vision and leadership skills and in particular the necessity to communicate effectively between and across different art forms.
KeywordsCreativity,Inter-disciplinary,arts,creativity,community,public art,outreach
Course organiserMs Dee Isaacs
Tel: (0131 6)51 4097
Course secretaryMiss Laura Varga
Tel: (0131 6)50 2430
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