Postgraduate taught 

Art History MLitt

Making Time: performing and thinking temporalities in the creative arts HISTART5122

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Time is a common denominator in the creative arts, and most particularly in music, film and television, theatre and in forms of performance art and artist's film. This course offers students interested in any of these disciplines a detailed critical account of how specific exemplary practices (whether artistic or theoretical, and drawn from across the subject specialisms of SCCA) have shaped and delineated different temporalities. The course will demonstrate that although the creative arts have time in common, that time is far from homogenous.


10 x Lecture (1hr) / 10 x seminar (1hr), taught weekly

Excluded Courses





Two submissions are required and will be summatively assessed: a written assignment (80%) of 4,000 words, and a short class presentation (12-15 minutes) weighted at 20%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ introduce key critical concepts pertinent to the understanding of time and temporality in creative arts

■ consider detailed case studies which demonstrate how time is performed or theorised

■ consider the historical transformations affecting a contemporary understanding of temporality in relation to culture

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ use key critical concepts and frameworks in the study of time and temporality

■ advance individual research informed by models of in-depth knowledge of specific case studies of cultural, creative and critical practices pertaining to time

■ conceptualise and critically discuss shifting historical conceptions of time in cultural contexts

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.