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Undergraduate Course: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy: The Elite World of China (HIAR10106)

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
SummaryThe course will introduce the visual examples in chronological order, from the ideology of the three perfections: painting, calligraphy and poetry, system of writing, connoisseurship, the Antiquarian Studies, to modern Chinese painting debates. Course participant would study in depth the selected groups of calligraphers and painters from the early Imperial China (8th century) to the Republican Era (20th century). In addition to stylistic analysis on painting and calligraphy, the discussion will include ancient aesthetics and theories, script styles, and the art of seal carving.
Course description Sinology or Art History? (Chinese script and pictorial systems).
Didactic Teaching and Politics in Painting (Early figure painting).
Connoisseurship and Authenticity (Tang and Five Dynasties painting).
Chan Buddhism and Ink Play (Five Dynasty to Northern Song painting).
Monumentality and Landscape Painting (Northern Song painting).
Three Perfections (Southern Song).
Elite Writing and Lost Identity (Yuan).
Mountains into Gardens (Ming painting).
Orthodox School to the Eccentrics (Qing painting).
Nationalism and New Urban Painting (19th century painting).
From Social Realism to Lyrical Abstract (20th century painting).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: History of Art 2A Reason, Romance, Revolution: Art from 1700 to 1900 (HIAR08027) AND History of Art 2B From Modernism and the Avant-Gardes to Postmodernism and Globalisation (HIAR08028)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students who have passed at least 60 credits of Architectural History at Level 8 can also take these courses. If the pre-requisites cannot be met, entry to this course can be negotiated in consultation with either the Course Organiser or Programme Director (History of Art).
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, 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 2, Revision Session Hours 1, 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) 1 x 3 hour online examination paper (50%) and 1 x 2,500 word extended essay (50%)
Feedback In week 4, each student will submit their 1-page outline of essay plan; the written feedback on the outline will be provided in week 5, distributed to students in class.
In weeks 5-7, students will have a one-on-one meeting for their essay problems by appointment.
The final written feedback on their essay will be provided within 15 days of the essay submission. I will return the feedback through one-on-one meeting with each individual, to make sure that students understand the marks given.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
Students have gained advanced knowledge and understanding of the themes, issues and debates of Chinese art relating to: social contexts; processes of representation; and ways in which meaning is constituted, through in depth examples.

Students are able to compare and evaluate different approaches to understanding art traditions in China.

Students are able to assess critically the materials and themes explored in the course through the use of particular examples from China.

Students have gained knowledge and understanding of the range of skills used in art history and to have developed independent study and research and presentation skills.

Students are able to provide a basis for further study at a PG research level for advanced students.
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Course organiserDr Chia-Ling Yang
Tel: (0131 6)51 1370
Course secretaryMr Nathan Ross-Hammond
Tel: (0131 6)51 5880
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