Undergraduate Course: History of Art Work Placement (HIAR10157)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The History of Art Work Placement gives students experience of applying and developing their art-historical knowledge and skills in contexts beyond the University. Students will be placed with host institutions across the visual arts, heritage and cultural sectors in Edinburgh, and will contribute to the education and community outreach activities of these institutions. Students will receive regular one-on-one supervision from the Course Organiser, alongside class meetings with a representative of the University Careers Service.
The History of Art Work Placement gives students the opportunity to work in an arts, heritage or cultural institution in Edinburgh as part of their academic curriculum at the University of Edinburgh. Students will contribute to the education and community outreach work of their host institution. This work will vary considerably from place to place, depending on the type of institution hosting the placement, as well as the interests and skills of the student. Responsibilities may include organizing events, producing learning materials, leading tours and education sessions and writing exhibition interpretation. The details of the work to be undertaken on placement will be agreed by the Course Organiser, the host institution and the student at the outset of the course. Students will have a nominated mentor within their host institution who will offer the student advice and support throughout their time on placement.
Placements will operate in Semester 2, with students spending between 10 and 12 days (2 days per week) at their host institution. The placement activity will be supplemented by two hour-long class meetings in Weeks 1 and 9, run in collaboration with the Careers Service. The first of these meetings will introduce the Work Placements, and Careers Service will offer advice on making the most of students' time on placement. In the second meeting Careers Service will advise on students' future work plans, their CVs, how to continue developing their professional skills etc.
Alongside seminars, three meetings with the Course Organiser will be arranged, each lasting up to 30 minutes. The first, at the start of the semester, will introduce the student to their host institution, and will provide an opportunity to agree the content of the placement. Midway through the semester, a feedforward meeting will focus on the progress of the placement, and planning for the summative assessment essay. A final meeting at the end of the semester (around Week 10) with the host institution, the student and the Course Organiser, will provide an opportunity to reflect upon the placement.
The number of placements will vary each year, but typically around 10 will be available, which will be publicised to students in Week 1 of Semester 1. Students wishing to do a work placement will be asked to write an application, to be submitted in Week 4 of Semester 1, giving their three preferred placement options and a short statement detailing the reasoning behind their choices, and what they hope to gain from a work placement. The Course Organiser, in consultation with host institutions, will then allocate students across the available placements based on applications and in some cases a short interview with the host institution. Should demand be too high for the number of placements available, students will be selected based on their applications and the availability of their preferred placements, with those not selected instead taking Art History: Texts, Objects, Institutions, Part Two.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
History of Art 2 (HIAR08012)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Students will produce a 4,000-word essay for submission at the end of Semester 2. «br /»
Students should formulate a research question in consultation with the Course Organiser during the Week 5 feed-forward meeting. 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. «br /»
Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:«br /»
The summative assessment will ascertain the extent to which students have comprehended the institutional structure and function of their host institution, as well as the institution's position within the wider arts and culture landscape. It will test the ability of the student to use their art-historical knowledge to write a piece of academic writing outside the traditional parameters of the discipline. The formative assessment will take place soon after students have begun their placements, thus encouraging students to understand their host institution and its practices quickly.
||a) Students will produce a 500-word Work Placement Report to be brought to the meeting with the Course Organiser in Week Five. In this the student will outline their role within their host institution, skills practiced through the placement, the organisational structure of the host institution, and the host institution's position within the wider landscape of the sector. Feedback on this will be provided verbally in the Week 5 one-on-one feed-forward meeting with the CO.
b) Summative assessment essays will be marked via TurnItIn by the CO, and monitored by another HoA staff member. Summative feedback will be provided in the form of written comments on the Work Placement Report.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding and critical awareness of the institutional landscape of the cultural sector.
- Apply academic knowledge of art history to projects in a professional cultural sector work environment.
- Take initiative and work effectively, under guidance, in a professional cultural sector organisation.
- Effectively communicate information about art to diverse audiences, both in writing and verbally.
- Critically reflect on your own professional skills and aptitudes, and understand how best to further develop these.
|Baverstock, A., How to Get a Job in a Museum or Art Gallery (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2010) |
Bennett, T., 'The Exhibitionary Complex', New Formations no.4 (Spring 1988)
Duncan, C., Civilizing Rituals: Inside Public Art Museums (London: Routledge, 1995)
Thornton, S., Seven Days in the Art World (London: Granta, 2008)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
Independent learning and development
Commercial / Professional / Situational awareness
Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
|Course organiser||Dr Lucy Weir
Tel: (0131 6)51 8500
|Course secretary||Mrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460