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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. Each internship lasts for 20 days overall and demands one full day per week from the student in Semester 2.
Course description The Internship in a Museum or Public Institution gives you the opportunity to work in an arts, heritage or cultural institution in Edinburgh as part of their academic curriculum at the University of Edinburgh. You 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 you at the outset of the course. You will have a nominated mentor within your host institution who will offer you advice and support throughout your time on the internship.

Internships will operate across Semester 1 and Semester 2 (the exact start date will depend on the particular internship). You will be spending 20 days on placement in total. In addition there will be five 2-hour lectures/workshops, spread across the two semesters. The lectures/workshops will involve staff from the Careers Service and other external bodies. In addition to these classes you will be offered three 2-hour slots, across Semester 2, in which you can drop in to consult the Course Organizer on the development of your written report.

The number of internships will vary each year, but typically around 35 will be available, which will be publicised to you in Week 1 of Semester 1. If you wish to do an internship, you will be asked to write an application, to be submitted in Week 4 of Semester 1, giving your three preferred placement options and a short statement detailing the reasoning behind your choices, and what you hope to gain from an internship. Allocations are based on a competitive process, that is you are not guaranteed a place. The Course Organiser, in consultation with host institutions, will allocate students across the available placements based on applications and in some cases a short interview with the host institution.
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.
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Course organiserDr Catriona Murray
Tel: (0131 6)51 5940
Course secretaryMiss Barbara Bianchi
Tel: (0131 6)51 5736
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