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Undergraduate Course: Fine Art Dissertation (HIAR10005)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaHistory of Art Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionIn their final year Fine Art students write a dissertation of between 8,000 and 10,000 words on a subject agreed between the student by or on behalf of the head of History of Art. Students attend a general meeting on the writing of dissertations in Semester 2 of their fourth year. Following discussion with a potential supervisor, each student selects a provisional topic, which must be submitted, with the name of the potential supervisor, to the History of Art office by a set date in Semester 2. Each topic is approved or, if necessary and following discussion with the student, amended and is allocated a supervisor. Fourth-year Fine Art students then attend a general meeting on dissertation research and writing. Following this and before the end of Semester 2 of their fourth year, they must make contact with their supervisor to discuss preliminary reading and research for their topic. Students attend a second general meeting early in Semester 1 of their final year to discuss the writing up and presentation of dissertations. Students are encouraged to submit a 1,000-word outline of their dissertation to the History of Art office by a set date in Semester 1 for discussion with their supervisor. Students are entitled to three meetings with their supervisor during the course of Semester 1 of their final year. The first meeting is to discuss progress and to review a written plan of the dissertation. The second meeting is to discuss writing up and may include a review of the 1,000-word outline. The third meeting is to discuss the final stages of writing up. Students are responsible for arranging these meetings with their supervisor. Two copies of the dissertation must be submitted to the History of Art office not later than the end of week 2 of Semester 2 of the student's final year.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Full Year, Not available to visiting students (SS1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class First class information not currently available
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The final year dissertation provides students with an opportunity for sustained independent work on a topic of their own choosing. This allows them to look more deeply into an aspect of a topic studied in their taught courses or to investigate a suitable subject not covered in formal teaching, providing that supervision can be provided. General meetings and individual meetings with the supervisor provide advice on independent research and the collection, assessment, organisation and presentation of material. Work on the dissertation encourages students to develop their skills in the independent use of published material, libraries and bibliographical resources. They are also likely to be working with visual evidence in the original and may well have to learn how to make effective use of the resources of galleries or museums. Supervised dissertation work provides experience in finding, selecting and analysing various types of sources and encourages students to develop a more critical approach to both primary and secondary sources. The selection and refinement of the dissertation topic provides useful experience in independent thinking. The dissertation is the longest piece of assessed writing that students are called on to prepare for their degree and, as such, gives them experience in the structuring of a sustained argument and in the assessment and effective deployment of evidence. A history of art dissertation normally requires the use of visual evidence, which provides students with an opportunity to develop their skills in the selection and use of illustrations. Students also gain experience in the presenting text and illustrations neatly, accurately and in accordance with a set of guidelines. The skills gained in successful work on a history of art dissertation are generally applicable but they are also a useful preparation for postgraduate work in the field.
Assessment Information
1 Dissertation of between 8000 and 10000 words
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Course organiserMr Michael Bury
Tel: (0131 6)50 4113
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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