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Undergraduate Course: Design & Screen Cultures 1 (DESI07043)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to the defining characteristics and events of modernity and postmodernity and to the key critical concepts of modernism and postmodernism. It identifies and engages with the significant critical and aesthetic debates and creative practices that have shaped material and visual culture since the late nineteenth century. The specific aims of the Course are to enable you to acquire an understanding of the defining features of the evolution of material and visual culture since the late nineteenth century; to help you develop competence, imagination and understanding when applying key critical concepts relevant to the analysis and production of material and visual culture; and to support you in your investigation and analysis of some of the core issues that will establish a historical foundation for the development of your studio practice.
Course description Not Entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to ECA students on degree programmes belonging to Design
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. RESEARCH: Demonstrate broad knowledge of a range of debates on modernism and postmodernism in the context of visual and material culture.
  2. ANALYSE: Evaluate the key ideas and debates relating to modernist and postmodernist developments both in your field and in relation to their wider cultural influence.
  3. COMMUNICATE: Convey pertinent ideas using a range of forms of communication effectively in both familiar and new contexts
Reading List

Modernism with Ali Smith and Kevin Jackson (2012) BBC Radio 4. 22 October 2012, 21:30. available from [6 December 2012].
Barbican Art Gallery (2012) Bauhaus: Art as Life. Koln: Koenig in Association with Barbican Art Gallery.
Crouch, C. (1999) Modernism in Art, Design and Architecture. New York: St Martins Press.
Harrison, C. and Wood, P. (eds.) (1991) Art in Theory, 1900-1990: an Anthology of Changing Ideas. Oxford: Blackwell.
Howard, M. (2000) The Oxford History of the Twentieth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Lupton, E. (1996) Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
Osborne, P. (2010) The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.
Overy, P. (1991) De Stijl. London: Thames and Hudson.
Wilks, C. (2006) Modernism, Designing a New World. London, VandA Publications.

Appignanesi, R. (1995) Introducing Postmodernism. Thriplo: Icon.
Branxi, A. (1984) The Hot House: Italian New-Wave Design. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press.
Featherstone, M. (1993) Consumer Culture & Postmodernism. London, Sage.
Jencks, C. (1986) What is Post-modernism Academy.
Harvey, D. (1990) The Condition of Postmodernity. Oxford, Blackwell.
Harrison, C. and Wood, P. (eds.) (1991) Art in theory, 1900-1990: an Anthology of Changing Ideas. Oxford: Blackwell.
Howard, M. (2000) The Oxford History of the Twentieth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
McCracken, G. (2008) Transformations, Identity Construction in Contemporary Culture. Bloomington, Ind.: Indianna University Press.
Sardar, Z. (1997) Postmodernism and the Other: New Imperialism of Western Culture. London: Pluto Press.
Sparke, P. (2004) An Introduction to Design and Culture: 1900 to the Present. 2nd Edition, London: Routledge.
Thackara, J. (1988) Design After Modernism. London: Thames and Hudson.
Miller, D. (1998) Shopping, Place, and Identity. London: Routledge.
-- (1991) Material Culture and Mass Consumption. Oxford: Blackwell.
V&A (2011) Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970-1990. London: V&A Publishing.
Ward, G. (1997) Postmodernism. London, Hodder.
Watson, C . (2000) Multiculturalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Woods, T. (1999) Beginning Postmodernism. Manchester: MUP.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Explore various forms of researching, decision making, critical enquiry, communication.
KeywordsResearch,analyse,theory,enquiry,critique,written communication
Course organiserDr Rachel Harkness
Tel: (0131 6)51 5753
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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