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Postgraduate Course: Internship in a Museum or Public Institution (HIAR11004)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe internship is a work placement, with a final report and a presentation. Each internship lasts for two semesters overall and demands one full day per week from the student.
Course description The internship has three main elements:

1. A plan of work drawn up between the host institution, the student, and the course organiser.

2. The work itself.

3. A final report and poster presentation that are assessed.

The work itself will depend on what can be provided by the host organisation, but will be appropriate and sustaining for a student at this level: archival work, curatorial work, collection research, work in public relations, arts management and art publishing are possible.

Placements are arranged in appropriate organisations (public and commercial galleries, museums, archives, libraries, conservation
trusts, publishers and other cultural organisations) in and near Edinburgh, Stirling and Glasgow.

The internship will enable students to explore a possible future career path, while developing skills and experience and meeting professional practitioners.

Participating organisations are likely to include the National Museums of Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the Talbot Rice Gallery, the City Art Centre (Edinburgh), and
the special collections of Edinburgh University.

Students will be supported throughout the internship by a series of class meetings.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  55
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Placement Study Abroad Hours 160, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 228 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A) 3500 Word Internship Research Project:

Students should formulate a research question in consultation with the Course Organiser via email and in drop-in sessions during Semester 1. This question will relate to an issue pertinent to the host institution and the activities undertaken on the placement (e.g. Should galleries and museums charge for entry? How can a museum collect New Media and performance art? What ethical questions arise from the conservation of artworks?).

This essay is an academic piece of writing, but it is not strictly art-historical and will allow students the opportunity to develop their essay-writing into new areas. Your analysis should show evidence of wider reading on relevant curatorial, museological, and/or cultural policy issues, or relevant issues related to the art market or art publishing. It should demonstrate a developed understanding of institutional issues in the wider professional art world.

B) Poster Presentation:

Students will create a poster (A1-size) in order to present their internship to a group of staff and peers. The presentation should demonstrate an informed
understanding of the host organisation and a reflection on the internship experience.
Feedback Formative Assessment:

Students submit an outline of their essay at the beginning of semester 2. Students will be given written feedback on this within 15 days. Students are expected to reflect on the given feedback and submit a paragraph with a list of intended action points.

Students submit a draft poster at the end of a poster design workshop early in semester 2. They will be given verbal feedback at the end of the session and written feedback within the following 15 days of the workshop.

Feedback on assessment:

Students will give a poster presentation and submit an essay in April. They will be given written feedback on both components of the assessment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of working with art and artefacts in local collections
  2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the creative sector industry and related issues.
  3. Apply academic knowledge of art history and art-historical methods to specific work projects and tasks in a professional work environment.
  4. Use specific practical skills as required by the work (e.g. handling skills, database skills , archival skills and others).
  5. Communicate at an appropriate level with the staff and the audience of the organisation.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills By the end of the project, students should have acquired a set of transferable skills, and in particular be able to:

- Develop and define a research project in a professional and academic context.

- Research and analyse a large volume of primary and
secondary material.

- Produce a substantial and coherent piece of writing
to a set deadline.

- Communicate at an appropriate level with professionals in the creative sector.
Additional Class Delivery Information One day a week.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Harry Weeks
Tel: (0131 6)51 5450
Course secretaryMiss Jennifer Watson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5743
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