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Undergraduate Course: History of Art and Architectural History Combined Work Placement (HIAR10150)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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, heritage or the built environment in and around Edinburgh.
Course description The placement takes place on two days per week during Semester 1. In Semester 2, students will produce a work placement report, which acts as the assessed output for the course. 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.

The work will vary considerably from placement to placement, depending on the type of institution hosting the placement, its needs, and the interests and skills of 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 regular class meetings and individual feedback sessions. An initial meeting explains the practical arrangements for the placement and the assessed work. It also includes a contribution from the University Careers Service. Subsequent meetings will focus on writing and research skills, the sharing of work placement experiences with peers, and introductions to the institutional landscape of culture in Edinburgh, Scotland and further afield. Guest lecturers from within the University of Edinbugh, as well as from host organisations will contribute to these meetings.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Architectural History 1 (ARHI08005) OR Architectural History 1A: From Antiquity to Enlightenment (ARHI08001) AND Architectural History 1B: Revivalism to Modernism (ARHI08004) OR Architectural History: Introduction to World Architecture (ARCH08003) AND Architectural History: Revivalism to Modernism (ARCH08005) OR Architectural History 1A: Introduction to World Architecture (ARHI08009) AND Architectural History 1B: Revivalism to Modernism (ARHI08004)) AND ( Architectural History 2a: Order & the City (ARHI08006) OR Architectural History 2b: Culture & the City (ARHI08007))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements If the pre-requisites cannot be met, entry to this course can be negotiated in consultation with either the Course Organiser or Programme Director (Architectural History).
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding and critical awareness of the institutional landscape of the cultural sector.
  2. Demonstrate specific professional skills through working in an organization in the cultural sector.
  3. Apply academic knowledge of art / architectural history to projects in a professional work environment.
  4. Take initiative and work effectively, under guidance, in a professional organisation.
  5. Produce information about art and architecture for different audiences as required by the host organisation.
Reading List
Thornton, S., Seven Days in the Art World (London: Granta, 2008)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Time management; independent work; experience in a professional environment; practical skills (vary depending on placement)
KeywordsPlacement,Internship,Cultural Sector,Museums,Galleries
Course organiserMr John Lowrey
Tel: (0131 6)50 2314
Course secretaryMs Ellie Wallace
Tel: (0131 6)50 2309
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