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Undergraduate Course: History of Art Analytical Project B (HIAR10141)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe Analytical Project is researched and written in one semester, normally in the third year. It provides students with an opportunity to develop their own art historical interests and independent research skills, to explore different modes of writing about art, and to think critically about practices of making, displaying and writing about the visual arts. It is also designed to help students prepare for the dissertation.

There are three variants of the Analytical Project: Object, Text, Display. In all cases the outcome is a 4000-word text, due at the end of the Semester.

Object - a detailed study of a single work of visual art (painting, sculpture, monument, building, illustrated manuscript or book, suite of prints or drawings, applied arts object) from any period or geographical region. The object should normally be on permanent display in, or in the care of, a local or national collection, and public sculptures, monuments and buildings ideally located in the local area and accessible to students during the semester.

Text ¿ a detailed study of a major theoretical or art-historical text, with broad methodological interest and implications for the history of art.

Display ¿ a detailed study of the overall display of the permanent collection of a museum or gallery in Edinburgh or Glasgow.

NB. Single Honours History of Art students are permitted to do TWO Analytical Projects instead of a Critical Portfolio or Work Placement. 3rd year Fine Art students are required to do the Analytical Project in Semester 2, but may start the work for this project in Semester 1. Students who are doing 2 Analytical Projects during the year cannot choose the same variant for both pieces of work (e.g. it is not possible to do both projects on the variant called ¿Objects¿).
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 4000 word project - 100%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Compiling the Analytical Project will equip students with the scholarly and practical skills associated with more independent forms of study than is characteristic of the first two years of their degrees, such as time management, compiling bibliography, the effective use of library and visual resources, and the process of selecting and evaluating sources in order to construct a coherent, rigorous, and clearly presented original analysis.
  2. The exercise provides a valuable foundation for dissertation work in the fourth year.
  3. The different variants of the project (Object; Text; Display) also enhance distinct and varied skills. For instance, the detailed study of a single work (the Object variant) challenges students to confront divergent traditions of art-historical interpretation, and the controversies that arise concerning issues such as dating, attribution, identification, iconographic interpretation, and conservation, and strongly reinforces skills of visual analysis.
  4. The Text option supports students in developing a more sophisticated understanding of methodological and theoretical issues as they inform art-historical writing, issues to which they will have been introduced at a more basic level in first and second year.
  5. The Display variant encourages an informed and multi-faceted awareness of the element of institutional interpretation that necessarily informs viewers' encounters with works of art.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills ¿ Independent research

¿ Close visual and textual analysis

¿ Detailed understanding of museology and cultures of curating and display
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Course organiserDr Fiona Anderson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3120
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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