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Undergraduate Course: ACE Combined Work Placement (HIAR10083)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe work placement is designed to give students experience of applying and developing their knowledge and skills on real projects for host organisations involved in the visual arts or built heritage in or near Edinburgh. The actual work may vary considerably from placement to placement and may range from intensive, workplace-based activity over semester one, followed by report-writing in semester 2, to research-based work paced over the academic year to suit both the host and the student
The specifics of any placement are based on a 'learning agreement' agreed by the student, the supervisor and the host organisation. This outlines the placement activity, it explains what is expected of all three parties and it defines an academically-related project that will form the core of the student's report.
The placement activity is supplemented by support from academic staff in a combination of class meetings and/or individual supervision as appropriate to the particular placement. An initial meeting explains the practical arrangements for the placement and the assessed work. It also includes a contribution from the University Careers Service. A second meeting is held to review progress and discuss problems and experiences. A final meeting provides guidance on the production of the report.
The assessed output is the work placement report. It consists of three elements: a discussion of the context of the work (c.1000 words); a self-appraisal, assessing what the student has learned on the placement (c.2000 words); and a report on the academically-related project (c.4000 words), totalling 7,000 words in length. In more research-orientated placements, this section will be the research report supplied to the host organisation.
Progress will be monitored via the second meeting and also by a series of deadlines for interim reports. The final report will be submitted by an agreed date in semester 2.
Two copies of the report must be handed in.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations It is RECOMMENDED that students do NOT also take History of Art Critical Portfolio (HIAR10025)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Placement Study Abroad Hours 176, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 213 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Work Placement report, 7,000 words
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
This course is designed to introduce students to a working environment related to the study of the history of art and architecture, visual culture and cultural heritage. The experience varies from placement to placement and each is individually negotiated. Students are encouraged to keep a record of their learning experience and to reflect on that as part of the assessment. In general , the student is expected to:
Gain knowledge and experience of the workings of an organisation active at the interface of the academic and professional worlds and will gain an insight into the applicability of their academic skills.

Develop practical skills and abilities in the organisation and management of their project, and the communication of its progress and results.

Develop analytical skills through the investigation, interpretation and evaluation of evidence that is required in the creation of the Work Placement report.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 16 hour(s) per week for 11 week(s). There are three class meetings and, in some placements, there are individual tutorials as appropriate. The student commitment may be concentrated in one semester or spread over two
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Claudia Hopkins
Tel: (0131 6)50 4118
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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