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Postgraduate Course: Work-Based Dissertation in History of Art (Level 11) (HIAR11130)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe work-based dissertation offers students the opportunity to develop their dissertation within a professional working environment related to the study of art history. Projects are arranged with appropriate host organisations (museums, galleries, libraries, conservation trusts, or other appropriate cultural organisations).
Course description Working on specific projects identified by the University and the host organisation, students gain valuable work experience but also carry out academic work that is useful to the host. The project may be a research project that is designed specifically for the student, or the student may contribute to a larger ongoing project involving one or several staff in the organisation. Depending on the nature of the project, students may not be based within the host organisation during the entire period of the project.

Students should develop their proposals for work-based projects in consultation with staff in the proposed host institution, usually between January and March. Students will be allocated an academic supervisor, within History of Art, who will provide student support and academic supervision. In addition, whilst on placement, students work under the supervision of a member of staff of the organisation.

Teaching is by individual supervision. You will work one-on-one with a member of staff, usually in History of Art, whose research specialism, as far as possible, corresponds with the topic you are focusing on for your dissertation. The pattern of 3-4 supervision meetings takes place largely April-June and is outlined in the course syllabus. In addition, there are three group workshops, usually held Jan-March, to address common issues including planning, structure and time management.
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. produce an extended piece of original research in history of art.
  2. structure a sophisticated intellectual argument across 15,000 words
  3. use evidence appropriately to support claims
  4. devise and demonstrate an appropriate methodology, through which to frame your questions and articulate your findings
  5. present your work correctly and in line with appropriate academic conventions, including bibliography, footnotes, and illustrations where necessary
Reading List
Umberto Eco, How to Write a Thesis. Cambridge, Mass, and London: MIT Press, 2015. This is available as an e-book on the library website.

Anne d'Alleva, How to Write Art History. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2010
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Visual and critical analysis; Clear thinking and the development of an argument; Independent research; The ability to articulate ideas clearly in writing; Organisation and planning.

KeywordsWork Placement; Vocational; Museums; Galleries; Archives
Course organiserDr Maryam Ohadi-Hamadani
Tel: (0131 6)51 5800
Course secretaryMrs Anna Johns
Tel: (0131 6)51 5740
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