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Postgraduate Course: Applied Exhibition and Curation (CLLC11184)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures 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
SummaryThis course requires the students to undertake a range of applied activities; these will include: creative collaboration & group work; research and analysis; continuous reflection; critical thinking, analysis and reflection and the pragmatics of delivery in the professional sphere. This course will develop the necessary skills both to plan effectively for the final project work and enhance students' understanding and observation of the professional sphere within the context of the application of academic scholarship.
Course description Applied learning is an important aspect of the MSc Film, Exhibition and Curation for a number of reasons which all have the same purpose: to enhance the academic study of a professional field. It is about providing students with the opportunity to acquire and apply knowledge, skills and understanding through tasks set in sector contexts that have many of the characteristics of real work or are set within the workplace and which relate to academic study. Most importantly, the purpose of the tasks must be relevant to real work in the sector. We want to develop student employability by providing an opportunity to experience the actuality of what we study academically at a professional level. Experience on its own, however, is not enough. What makes the applied learning on Film, Exhibition and Curation different from what students might gain by volunteering in various capacities, as individuals in their own time, is how we test ourselves through discussion, supplementary and supporting assignments, reading across Applied Learning and Mediating Film, and how we generate productive reflection. All this develops the key professional skills in this professional field - critical and higher-level thinking.

In addition to research, discussion, project work, and the formal written component of the course, the students must keep reflective logs as an aide to identifying continuing and developing learning. This is then used as reference for the Reflective Essay component which is used as a supporting document for second marking and is also marked as a piece of individual writing.

An important component of how applied learning functions successfully is the creative collaboration involved in the overall design of project work. This process begins as part of Exhibiting Film in semester one and further develops throughout this course.


There are two projects managed by the course organisers as these differ each year to consider and respond to the contemporary professional sphere in inventive ways. The first is a research project which considers new developments in methodologies and how they might be applied to deepen an understanding of the pivotal nature of such work to all aspects of exhibition and curation. And the second project builds on that research and is an opportunity for students to work collaboratively on an idea for a creative curatorial project which focuses on the creative process, idea development, presentation, delivery and management.

Project work is assessed by three different means - continually assessed coursework using the rubric students are familiar with from semester one, weekly reflective logs and a project-specific task.

These projects offer the opportunity to consider the process of curating and exhibiting film in practice through observation and research and in working out how difficulty is, and might be, managed. The project work brings to the foreground many necessary professional skills from communication and responsibility to collaboration, and the weekly discussion sessions are designed around these elements. In addition, students should use their reflective practice to consider the difficulties of collaboration and creative practice alongside their reading.


A range of weekly activities provides an opportunity to consider and discuss all aspects of project work, plan ideas and prepare collaborative presentations.


Students must keep a weekly individual reflective log which makes connections between their activity, their learning and their observations about the professional sphere and how they are managing to operate within group work. The final essay summarises these continuous reflective logs. In addition to being a supporting document for the second marker and external examiner in project work and workshop activity, these essays are marked in their own right. They are graded on how the student has observed their own learning through the range of opportunities available to them and how they make connections between the applied learning and their academic study.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on the MSc in Film, Exhibition and Curation. No outside subject enrolments or auditors are permitted.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  80
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 344 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The Course is graded in three parts as follows:
Project Work 50%;
Reflective Essay (2000 words) 50%
Feedback Coursework activity provides an opportunity to consider and discuss all aspects of project work and includes the screenings where films are viewed, discussed and selected. Feedback is offered via a mid semester self-assessment review and at the end of the course in writing along with the coursework grade and project work grades at the end of the course. This review of self-assessment includes reflective writing and project work.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. master the ability to comprehend the connections between their academic work and the professional spheres of film exhibition and curation
  2. formulate skills in reflection which can be carried into further academic study, including Final Project work, and into a variety of professional environments
  3. acquire the ability to articulate and apply critical thinking across a range of outcomes
  4. generate evidence of their ability to work at a professional level in the field of film exhibition and curation
  5. develop an understanding of how the group exercises in project work reflect and represent dominant practices in the professional sphere: including creative collaboration; managing multiple deadlines; the pragmatics of delivery
Reading List
The reading is designed and planned in relation to the project themes as they develop. Students will be provided with relevant reading in advance of the course beginning.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills In the field of film exhibition and curation a range of skills in understanding delivery and audience engagement, beyond the theoretical, are crucial and for good reason - the profession is itself a combination of scholarship, critical thinking and a capability for the pragmatics of delivery. The applied learning component of the programme promotes significant learning, including problem-solving skills, higher order reasoning, integrative thinking, goal clarification, openness to new ideas, ability to adopt new perspectives, and systemic thinking.
KeywordsFilm Exhibition Curation Applied Learning project Work Creative Collaboration
Course organiserMiss Susan Kemp
Tel: (0131 6)50 2945
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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