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Undergraduate Course: Art in Practice 1 (ARTX08090)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryArt in Practice 1 is a studio-based course which will introduce students to art practices in a contemporary, multi-media context. Through a series of thematic projects, students will learn a range of approaches to the research, development and translation of their ideas through experimenting with various materials and processes to resolve and present work for an audience. Students will be supported through regular tutorials with experienced artists and practitioners and through practical introductions to technical facilities across ECA. Students will be encouraged to form a vibrant studio culture with their peers, to experiment, critically reflect, and question what their own art practice might be.
Course description Art in Practice 1 introduces ways to research, explore, and resolve practices of contemporary art.

Over two semesters, students will undertake a series of themed projects, each one introduced with a lecture presenting and articulating diverse, relevant examples from recent and contemporary art practices. Making art is fundamentally a social activity allowing students to meet their peers and tutors, to share ideas and make work together. Each project brief will set certain tasks, remaining open enough to allow unique, personal responses. This will enable- students to develop their ideas in unexpected and ambitious ways.

The studio will be an important focal point of this course as a place for the production and critical discussion of work. To support students' studio work, the course will include practical introductions to a broad range of technical facilities and skills available across ECA. Throughout the course students will discuss their work with a range of tutors, all of whom offer different expertise and a wealth of theoretical and practical knowledge. This teaching contact will occur over one and a half days per week and consist of hour-long small group tutorials, hour-long whole cohort lectures, and whole morning small group workshop inductions and activities; there will also be two external gallery visits lasting two hours each and opportunities for students to exhibit their practice in ECA. These points of engagement will be split evenly across both semesters with the period of assessment at the beginning at the end of semester 2.

Through these activities students will be introduced to practice-based and practice-led research methods, relevant contemporary artistic practices, reflective practice methods, and strategies for developing their individual art practice. Students will also consider and explore methods for engaging with audiences.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Art in Context 1 (ARTX08091)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on a Degree Programme in the School of Art.

*Please note that Art in Context is only a Co-Requisite for students on the BA Fine Art (Hons). Students on the MA Fine Art (Hons) do not take Art in Practice.
Additional Costs Material costs related to the course will vary from student to student but amount spent by an individual student will not impact their ability to meet the criteria of assessment.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  50
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 12, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 36, External Visit Hours 4, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 312 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative Assessment Studio Portfolio Review, 70%, Week 11 of Semester 2.

Summative Assessment Reflective Blog, 30%, Week 11 of Semester 2.

Summative Assessment Component 1 - Studio Portfolio Review
This summative assessment component will be based on a body of work produced for course projects.

This will take the form of an in-person review of students' work where students will physically and verbally present their practice in the studio. This should include notebook material, drawings, objects, photography, documentation of resolved work accessible in the studio or via student's personal blog.

Work submitted for the Studio Portfolio Assessment summative assessment component will be assessed against Learning Outcomes 2 and 3

Summative Assessment Component 2 - Reflective Blog

Students will also be required to submit a link to their blog via LEARN, which will include a reflective report (300 words or 3 mins audio/video essay and transcript) summarising their primary and secondary research, production and presentation of their practice highlighting 5-10 selected images.

Work submitted for the reflective blog summative assessment component will be assessed against Learning Outcome 1.
Feedback Students will submit a formative Studio Portfolio Review in semester 2, weeks 1-3. This task will be based on a body of work produced in response to course projects. The portfolio review will take the form of an in-person review of students' work and will take place in the studio environment. This should include preparation of notebook material, drawings, objects, photography, documentation of work resolved, or in-progress, accessible in the studio or via student's personal blog. The portfolio review will take the form of an in-person review of students' work and will take place in the studio environment. Verbal feedback will be provided to the student during the studio review by a tutor and peers in a group setting. This feedback will aid the student to feed forward in developing towards their individual summative Studio Portfolio assessment.

Summative Feedback
Written feedback on both components of the student's summative assessment submission will be provided to the student via LEARN in line with current University regulations. This feedback is intended to support the student in progressing to the next stage of their studies within the programme.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research: Evidence an understanding of artistic research methods by employing primary and secondary research approaches to the given project themes.
  2. Explore: Utilise a range of processes and technical skills to investigate creative ideas.
  3. Resolve: Produce and document bodies of resolved work, experimenting with a range of approaches to physical and verbal presentation of their practice.
Reading List
Boon, M. & Levine, G. (2018) PRACTICE (eds.) Marcus Boon and Gabriel Levine. London: Whitechapel Gallery.
Hoffmann, J. (2012) THE STUDIO (ed.) Jens Hoffmann. London: Whitechapel Gallery.
Noe, A. (2016) Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature. New York: Hill and Wang.
Steeds, L. (2014) EXHIBITION (ed.) Lucy Steeds. London: Whitechapel Gallery.
Stiles, K. & Selz, P. (2012) Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A sourcebook of artists writings (ed.) by Kristine Stiles 2nd ed., revised and expanded. Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Research & Enquiry

Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in undertaking independent research that investigates and articulates ideas emerging within contemporary art practices. This will necessitate that our graduates can handle and navigate the complexity of sources, information and issues contemporary art practices engage with.

Within Art in Practice 1 research and enquiry will involve our students' employing materials, media, techniques, methods, technologies, and tools associated with contemporary art practices to evaluate the concerns of the discipline and create ways of imaginatively and skillfully responding to them through art making.

2. Personal and Intellectual Autonomy

Graduates will develop awareness of and connect between the intentions, processes, outcomes, contexts, and methods of dissemination within contemporary art practice.

Graduates will need to seek and value open feedback and the personal resilience necessary to deal with the setbacks and failures inherent in contemporary art practices.

This course will entail enhancing their capacity to be critically self-aware and self-reflective to aid them in recognise and address ethical dilemmas and social responsibilities associated with the field of contemporary art practice.

3. Personal Effectiveness

On this course graduates will learn to work independently to meet course deadlines while developing their knowledge of technical processes relevant to contemporary art practice to meet said deadlines.

This course will necessitate that they develop skills in planning, organisation and time management related to the development and resolution of outcomes. This planning will include managing workloads while accommodating the change and uncertainty inherent in creative processes of making and developing the capacity to adapt emotions, thoughts and behaviours to these unfamiliar, uncertain, and diverse contexts and obstacles.

Crucial to this development will be the graduate's ability to select and use materials, processes, and environments pertinent to the practice of contemporary art. This may include applying interpersonal social skills to work collaboratively and collectively with peers.

4. Communication

Graduates of Art in Practice 1 will learn to use communication styles and approaches appropriate to contemporary art practice to present their work physically and verbally to others within the professional discipline.

They will articulate their ideas to audiences using visual, oral, and written forms which connect the conception of their ideas to the processes of making and the subsequent outcomes.

Students will develop interpersonal listening and questioning skills that allow them to be both sensitive and persuasive cross-cultural communicators who can empathise with others while hosting complex and difficult discussions in a range of public contexts relevant to the practice and dissemination of contemporary art practice.
Keywordsart,art practice,contemporary art,making,exhibition,exhibiting
Course organiserMr Torsten Lauschmann
Course secretary Yijia Chen
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