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Postgraduate Course: Contemporary Artistic Research Project (ARTX11050)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryArtistic Research advances artistic knowledge, makes a valuable contribution to the discipline of contemporary art and offers new insights within a broader context of research. The course aims to help you determine, master, synthesise and apply a range of innovative methods that will support the production, distribution and consumption of your own artistic research project.
Course description This course provides MA Contemporary Art Theory students (CATs) with the invaluable experience of designing, conducting, analysing and disseminating your own artistic research project, consolidating the knowledge and understanding gained during the taught stages of your programme. It will support you to become an effective research project manager, able to draw on and design a range of project management techniques and tools. It will help you to become an insightful, responsive, ethical and highly capable, independent researcher who can identify and tackle intellectual risk.

Webinars are designed to scaffold, develop and align your artistic research skills with the Vitae Researcher Development Framework. We place a particular emphasis on designing interdisciplinary methods and developing innovative forms of 'research creation'. The researcher's journey can be lonely one: CATs will continue to work and play-test in their small supportive groups (basho of 3-4 peers) when developing their individual research projects.

Indicative Course outline:

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available for students on the MA Contemporary Art Theory programme.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  24
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 4, Online Activities 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 572 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) You will submit one of the following:

An Artistic Research Project Book. Your Project Book must comprise a i) Portfolio and a ii) Reflective Analysis of no more than 5,000 words in total.


A body of artwriting of no more than 9,000 words in total.

The learning outcomes for both submission options are identical.

Each learning outcome is equally weighted for the purposes of determining the final course grade band.
Feedback You will be given formative feedback from your tutor on your work in progress and your diagnostic assignments in each of your 1:1 tutorials.

You will be given formative feedback from your peers and your tutor on your drafts.

Your summative submission be given written feedback from your tutor and a second examiner.

Your summative submission will be graded holistically using the course Learning Outcomes.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Review, design and justify a range of appropriate research methods that allow you to apply the knowledge, intellectual abilities, ethics and techniques required to conduct artistic research.
  2. Effectively plan, organise, develop and complete a professionally resolved artistic research project that offers insights within a broader context of research.
  3. Understand, interpret, create and communicate appropriately within academic and artistic contexts, carefully and clearly evidencing, analysing, evaluating, synthesising and presenting your research.
Reading List
A full Resource List is published for this course.

Indicative Reading:

Lury, Celia & Wakeford, Nina, 2012. Inventive Methods, London: Routledge.

Margolis, Eric M & Pauwels, Luc, 2011. The SAGE Handbook of Visual Research Methods, London: SAGE Publications.

Schrofer, J., 2018. Plan and play, play and plan : defining your art practice, Amsterdam: Valiz.

Borgdorff, H., 2012. The conflict of the faculties : perspectives on artistic research and academia, Amsterdam: Leiden University Press.

Nelson, R., 2013. Practice As Research in the Arts, London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Mäkelä, M., 2007. Knowing Through Making: The Role of the Artefact in Practice-led Research. Knowledge, Technology & Policy, 20(3), pp.157-163.

Knowles, J.G. & Cole, A.L., 2008. Handbook of the arts in qualitative research : perspectives, methodologies, examples, and issues, Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

Warr, Deborah et al., 2016. Ethics and Visual Research Methods, New York: Palgrave Macmillan US.

Johnston, P., Where You End and I Begin: The Multiple Ethics of Contemporary Art Practice. In Intercultural Aesthetics. Einstein Meets Margritte: An Interdisciplinary Reflection on Science, Nature, Art, Human Action and Society. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, pp. 177-189.

Francis, P., 2009. Inspiring writing in art and design : taking a line for a write, Intellect.

Alex Wilkie et al., 2010. Creative Assemblages: Organisation and Outputs of Practice-Led Research. Leonardo (Oxford), 43(1), pp.98-99.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This SCQF Level 11 course is aims to support the research skills and attributes delineated within the UK's Vitae Researcher Development Framework, the European Higher Education Area's Salzburg Principals (2010) on researcher development. Additionally, we have drawn upon the (subject specific) ELIA 'Florence Principals' on Artistic Research (2016) and its 2013 SHARE Handbook. Following these frameworks will prepare CATs to continue to work as researchers both in the professional contemporary artworld and in higher education (SCQF Level 12).

Key Graduate Attributes and Skills. Abilty to:

- develop peer support networks to support individual research projects.
- offer new insights within a of broader context of research.
- determine, master, synthesise and apply a range of research methods
- understand and apply the ethical frameworks of research to become an insightful, responsive, ethical researcher
- understand and engage with impact and knowledge exchange
- become an effective project manager able to draw on and design a range of project management techniques and tools.
- tackle and manage intellectual risk
- learn how to analyse, evaluate, problem solve and synthesise your own research with that of others.
- foreground self-reflection and carefully evidenced argument construction.
- see beyond immediate questions to unexplored areas that anticipate cutting-edge research questions
- develop and execute a professionally resolved research project and subject this to public scrutiny/peer review
- understand, interpret, create and communicate appropriately within an academic context and an artistic context.
- use visual communication media in ways that are appropriate, clear and consummately designed.
Study Abroad Since this course is delivered online, it is available to and supports students while they are studying abroad and away from the University.
Keywordscapstone,contemporary art,art theory,artwriting,artistic research,research project,research creation
Course organiserProf Neil Mulholland
Tel: (0131 6)51 5881
Course secretaryMiss Hannah Morrison
Tel: (0131 6)51 5763
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