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

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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
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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 Yuthika Sharma
Course secretaryMiss Barbara Bianchi
Tel: (0131 6)51 5736
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