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Postgraduate Course: Work-based Dissertation in History of Art (MSc in History of Art, Theory and Display) (HIAR11071)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe work-based dissertation offers students the opportunity to develop their dissertation within a professional working environment related to the study of art history. Placements are arranged in appropriate host organizations (museums, galleries, libraries, conservation trusts, or other appropriate cultural organizations). Using projects identified by the University and the host institution, students gain valuable work experience but also carry out academic work that is useful to the host. The project may be a research project that is designed specifically for the student, or the student may contribute to a larger ongoing project involving one or several staff in the organization. Depending on the nature of the project, students may not be based within the institution during the entire period of the placement. Students are selected for placements on the basis of their interest, their general capability for the work (knowledge, ability to work independently, etc.), and also their preferred type of work environment. Subject to availability, and the appropriateness of the project, students will be allocated an academic supervisor who will provide student support and academic supervision. Whilst on placement, students work under the supervision of a member of staff of the institution.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Course Start Date 20/04/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment
The work-based dissertation consists of two elements: a discussion of the context of the work and an academic piece of research:
a) Context (a maximum of 2,000 words worth 15 % of the final mark).
This should include a description of the principal tasks carried out during the placement and an account of their relation to the main work of the host institution. Issues that may be discussed here include: the institution's structure, staffing, policy, funding, local and national context and recent history. This part should also reflect on the skills acquired during the placement, and include an evaluation of the general experience.

b) Academic Research Output (a maximum of 13,000 words worth 85% of the final mark).
This will vary depending on the nature of the placement undertaken. It can be a straightforward piece of research, based on archival and other sources; it may focus on a topic deriving from the activities undertaken within an organization and might have a curatorial focus (e.g. an exhibition proposal). This part takes the form of a conventional dissertation and should open with a clear definition of the topic and of the main issues to be addressed.
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Learning Outcomes
Learning Outcomes:
gain knowledge and experience of the workings of an organisation active at the interface of the academic and professional world of History of Art.
gain an insight into the applicability of academic skills within the professional world, and develop practical skills and abilities in the organization and management of their project, and the communication of its progress and results.
acquire important experience of using research resources, devising a methodology, and academic writing. This provides training for research at PhD level in the humanities.
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Course organiserDr Claudia Hopkins
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