Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Modern and contemporary Scottish art ADED11466E

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Art has changed enormously since the late 1890s and Scotland has increasingly played an important part in the development of modern and contemporary art. This course starting in the late Victorian era and finishing in the present day is intended to be a guide to the wide range of movements and artists found during this period and includes artists such as J. D. Fergusson, Joan Eardley, Eduardo Paolozzi and Steven Campbell.


Block 2

2 hours per week for 10 weeks



Requirements of Entry

None. Some previous knowledge of art history is desirable but not essential.

Excluded Courses

20th century Scottish art (ADED11466E)




Essay (approximately 2000 words) from a choice of titles (70%); visual test in class: identification, comparison and written discussion of slides (30%). Alternative assessment can be arranged for students whose disabilities would prevent them performing satisfactorily in the visual test.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Extend and develop students' basic knowledge of art history through the focussed analysis of Scottish art from the late 1890s to the present day.

■ Develop students' critical awareness of the subject by identifying the stylistic and cultural components of Scottish art and its place within the context of broader British and international artistic developments.

■ Introduce students to some of the issues of methodology, historiography and context which are associated with this area of study.

■ Foster further transferable skills such as visual skills, independent learning and written presentation skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Articulate, verbally and in writing, a comprehensive knowledge of Scottish art from late 1890s to the present day. 

■ Critically analyse Scottish 20th century works of art in terms of their imagery, function, methods of production, stylistic and cultural components and how they relate to other contemporary artistic developments, British and international.

■ Identify and evaluate art historical approaches to, and interpretations of, individual Scottish works of art. 

■ Demonstrate personal study skills in art-historical research and the ability to pursue investigation of a painting or a theme using library, museum and gallery resources.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.