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Postgraduate Course: Collections: Theories, Practices and Methods (HIAR11093)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course combines advanced research training and practical skills development relating to the field of curatorship and collections.
Course description Aligned with the MSc by Research in Collections and Curating Practices, this course is designed to prepare you for independent research, enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of the critical issues, debates and histories that shape the field of curatorship, and offer introductory practical training in skills relevant to the pursuit of a career in the museums and galleries sector. Each seminar is led by academics drawn from across the University as well as professionals from our partner institutions; National Museums Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, Talbot Rice Gallery, The Fruitmarket Gallery, and the University of Edinburgh's own Special Collections. This rich pool of expertise enables us to cover a range of topics from Curating Research and Developing Collections through to Writing Interpretation and Digital Futures.

The course runs across Semesters 1 and 2, interleaving theoretical seminars with more practical sessions. While based in the University┐s Centre for Research Collections, many activities will take place across different institutional sites giving you the opportunity to work behind the scenes in archives, storage facilities and conservation studios. All seminars will encourage active participation and a range of formats will be employed including roundtable discussions, debates, site visits and workshops. Semester 2 will conclude with a student-led public conference examining recent developments in the field.

┐Collections: Theories, Practices, Methods┐ is open to all postgraduate research students and can be taken for credit as a research methods course. As places are limited please contact the Course Organiser for approval. It is not possible to audit this course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of curatorial practices, concepts, research paradigms and research findings
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the applications and implications of curatorial theories and research
  3. Identify, conceptualise and offer creative insights into key issues in the field of collections and curatorial practices, including the future shape of the field
  4. Plan and manage a programme of research
  5. Communicate with peers and with professionals in the same and other disciplines about your research in both written and verbal forms and using IT as appropriate
Reading List
Terry Smith, Thinking Contemporary Curating, New York, 2012
Stephen Rand and Heather Kouris, Cautionary Tales: Critical Curating, New York, 2007
Thea Carolee, On Curating: Interviews with Ten International Curators, New York, 2009
Paul O'Neill and Mick Wilson, Curating Research, London 2015
Susan M Pearce, On Collecting: an investigation into collecting in the European Tradition, London, 1995
Jas Elsner and Roger Cardinal, The Cultures of Collecting, London, 1994
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course will offer valuable opportunities to build transferable professional knowledge and skills, including advanced critical and analytical skills. Peer-to-peer communication, including working closely and creatively to deliver a project, is a key skill. Graduates will have a strong sense of autonomy and be prepared to establish or focus their careers in the creative, cultural and heritage industries. They will also be equipped to undertake further postgraduate research, such as a PhD, which is now essential to many curatorial and collections management career pathways.
Course organiserDr Kirsten Lloyd
Tel: (0131 6)51 5799
Course secretaryMrs Anna Johns
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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