The artist: rebel, mystic and social conscience ADED11784

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course investigates the changing role of the artist in the modern age, beginning with Courbet's creation of a distinct identity of the independent artist in the middle of the 19th century. The course continues with the artist as rebel in the early 20th century and finishes with the artist as the social conscience in a fragmented contemporary society. We will explore the myth of the artist from a maker to a thinker, from a performer to a mystic. We will also investigate the relationship between artist, model and muse, and for whom or what the artist produces art.


Block 3

Tuesday, 13.00-15.00 

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to: 

■ Introduce the different roles that artists have had from 1850 to the present day

■ Explore the roles of artist, model and muse

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Display a holistic knowledge of contexts and processes that have led artists to adopt the roles of maker, thinker, performer, mystic and social conscience of a society in this period.

■ Analyse the relationship between artist, model and muse

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits