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Undergraduate Course: Presentation: methods & contexts 3a (ARTX10065)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will expand your knowledge and understanding of the impact of placing work in the public domain through presentations to internal and external audiences.
You will be encouraged to consider the interaction between artists and social situations, and to identify and use appropriate methods and strategies in the presentation, documentation and dissemination of your work.
Course description This course will refine your understanding of how context is critical to the development, presentation and reading of an artwork. Through self-initiated study and an externally focused project you will be encouraged to engage in a range of professional contexts.
Through a series of tutorials, group crits, gallery visits, the Friday Lecture series and engagement with an external project, the course will enable you to articulate issues within contemporary art practice and help you to define the context you are working within.
You will produce a critically reflective body of work that draws upon historical and contemporary references evident in current practice.


1. To refine your understanding of effective methods of contextual and visual presentation.

2. To enable exploration of appropriate methods of recording, documenting and disseminating art work in a variety of contexts.

3. To enable critical engagement with contextual and visual presentation strategies and social situations.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  2
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 5, Fieldwork Hours 4, External Visit Hours 4, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 167 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment is formative mid way through the semester and summative at end of the semester.

The 3 summative assessment components are submitted together on a single PDF document:

1. One public presentation of your work in a format that is appropriate for your practice. It is important that this presentation of work is outside of the context of Edinburgh College of Art (its studios, project spaces etc.) This is likely to be from a third year external project that you have participated in this year but equally it could be a self-initiated group or solo exhibition that you organise. It could take place in a flat, a disused shop or building, a forest, a street or a suitcase, for example. This is really open to you.

The work needs to be clearly explained in the documentation and appropriately presented for assessment. The documentation should include at least one image with explanatory text (no more than 300 words). Please include relevant information such as the context you were working within, title, materials, dimensions and date, and in the case of an exhibition give the title, the exhibition space and list other exhibitors. In the case of group work your individual role should be articulated.

For formative assessment this will take the form of a proposal.
For summative assessment this could also take the form of an advanced proposal. This body of work will be assessed against Learning Outcome 1.

2. One critical review of a recent exhibition that you have visited. The review should find a relationship between the work or exhibition discussed and your own developing practice. The writing should be accompanied by images that document the exhibition and there is a maximum word count of 600 words.

For formative assessment this review should be completed.
This body of work will be assessed against Learning Outcome 2.

3. Six additional images of work installed and documented. This could be work that was installed in a Project Space or in other bookable spaces in college. Equally the installation of work could have taken place in spaces external to ECA. It could be work that was installed on an individual basis or as part of a group show. Please include relevant information such as title, materials, dimensions, date and where the work was installed.

For formative assessment , three images should be uploaded to Learn.
This body of work will be assessed against Learning Outcome 3.

All learning outcomes are equally weighted and applied to all components of assessment.
Feedback Written formative feedback will be provided midway through the semester.
Written summative feedback will be provided within 15 working days of summative hand in.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to make and present work in different contexts both as an individual practitioner and as part of a group.
  2. Contextualise and critically evaluate individual practice in relation to peer group and wider contemporary art situation.
  3. Critically apply appropriate solutions to the documentation and dissemination of artwork.
Reading List
Doherty, Claire, Contemporary art: from studio to situation, Black Dog 2004

Putman, James. Art and Artifact: The Museum as Medium, Thames & Hudson 2001

Obrist, Hans Ulrich. Ways of Curating, Penguin 2015

City Racing : the life and times of an artist-run gallery, 1988-1998, Black Dog, 2002.

Lippard, Lucy, Six years: the dematerialization of the art object 1966-1972, University of California Press, 1997

O'Doherty, Brian - Inside the White Cube- the ideology of the gallery space, University of California Press, 2000

Bishop, Claire, Installation Art: A Critical History, Routledge, 2005

Montmann, Nina, Art & its Institutions, Black Dog Publishing, 2006

Barker, Emma, Contemporary Cultures of Display, Yale University Press 1999

Transmission, Committee for the Visual Arts, published by Black Dog, 2001

Tacita Dean and Jeremy Millar, PLACE, Thames and Hudson, 2005

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Communication, autonomous practice, presentation, collaboration, critical judgement, practical and technical skills.
Course organiserDr Sophia Lycouris
Tel: 0131 221 6291
Course secretaryMiss Hannah Morrison
Tel: (0131 6)51 5763
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