Module Information

Module Identifier
AH20410
Module Title
Professional Practice for Students of Art History
Academic Year
2015/2016
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
External Examiners
  • Professor Christiana Payne (Professor - Oxford Brookes University)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 1 Hour Lectures
Lecture 11 x 2 Hour Lectures
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment (semester 1) Group and powerpoint presentation  (Semester 1) Group and PowerPoint Presentation (30%) and CV/Career Profile (20%) (Semester 2: Route A) Electronic Portfolio, Artist Statement (Semester 2: Route B) Dissertation Proposal with Literature Review and Bibliography  30%
Semester Assessment (semester 2) Dissertation proposal  to include literature review and bibliography  50%
Semester Assessment (semester 1) CV/Career Profile  20%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able
to demonstrate:

a broad and comparative knowledge and understanding of the visual
and material culture of more than one geographical region and/or
chronological period.

a more concentrated and systematic knowledge of one or more of the above.

a knowledge and understanding of the processes through which artifacts are
constructed in the cultures studied.

a familiarity with some substantive areas of current research in the field addressed
by the degree programme.

an ability to engage with the concepts, values and debates that inform study and
research in the subject area, including an awareness of the limited and partial
nature of all historical knowledge.

an understanding of the development of the subject, and of its key
intellectual tools.


Subject-specific skills and abilities (threshold level)

the ability to use basic skills of visual observation, description and analysis.

some ability to locate artifacts within appropriate historical or cultural contexts.

the ability to locate evidence from primary and secondary sources (visual, oral or
textual) and use it in relation to relevant issues and enquiries.

an awareness of a range of different methodologies and approaches within
the subject.

the ability to produce relevant arguments supported by evidence.

the ability to present alternative points of view held within the subject.


Generic intellectual skills (threshold level)

skills of analysis, synthesis and summary.

critical judgement: awareness of the difference between alternative arguments
and approaches.

problem-solving: the ability to apply knowledge and experience to
address problems.

research: ability to locate and record information relevant to a given task.

open-mindedness: some ability to be receptive to unfamiliar artefacts,
issues and ideas.


Transferable skills (typical level of achievement)

On completion of this module, students should be capable
of demonstrating:

the ability to communicate ideas and arguments cogently and effectively in
written, spoken or other form, with appropriate use of visual aids.

the ability to listen effectively and so to learn from and participate constructively
in discussion.

the ability to work constructively and productively in groups.

the ability to work diligently, to fulfill briefs and deadlines, and to take
responsibility for one's own work.

the ability to make effective use of IT for research and communication.

the ability to update knowledge and skills, seek and use feedback, reflect on,
and improve performance.

  1. a broad and comparative knowledge and understanding of the visual and material culture of more than one geographical region and/or chronological period
  2. a more concentrated and systematic knowledge of one or more of the above
  3. a knowledge and understanding of the processes through which artifacts are constructed in the cultures studied
  4. a familiarity with some substantive areas of current research in the field addressed by the degree programme
  5. an ability to engage with the concepts, values and debates that inform study and research in the subject area, including an awareness of the limited and partial nature of all historical knowledge
  6. an understanding of the development of the subject, and of its key intellectual tools.

  1. the ability to use basic skills of visual observation, description and analysis
  2. some ability to locate artifacts within appropriate historical or cultural contexts
  3. the ability to locate evidence from primary and secondary sources (visual, oral or textual) and use it in relation to relevant issues and enquiries
  4. an awareness of a range of different methodologies and approaches within the subject
  5. the ability to produce relevant arguments supported by evidence
  6. the ability to present alternative points of view held within the subject

  1. skills of analysis, synthesis and summary
  2. critical judgement: awareness of the difference between alternative arguments and approaches
  3. problem-solving: the ability to apply knowledge and experience to address problems
  4. research: ability to locate and record information relevant to a given task
  5. open-mindedness: some ability to be receptive to unfamiliar artefacts, issues and ideas
  6. the ability to communicate ideas and arguments cogently and effectively in written, spoken or other form, with appropriate use of visual aids
  7. the ability to listen effectively and so to learn from and participate constructively in discussion
  8. the ability to work constructively and productively in groups
  9. the ability to work diligently, to fulfill briefs and deadlines, and to take responsibility for one's own work
  10. the ability to make effective use of IT for research and communication
  11. the ability to update knowledge and skills, seek and use feedback, reflect on, and improve performance

Brief description

Part 1: Presentation, Communication and Methodology, Career Awareness, Preparing for a Vocation in the Art World.
In Semester 1 students are taught the principles and develop skills associated with effective communication and presentation. These will have an application for 2nd and 3rd year studies and also for employment. The module introduces information technology and writing skills and will encourage students to articulate and present ideas clearly and persuasively (both orally and visually) individually and in a group context. Students are enabled to identify job aspirations and strategic career goals. In respect of the latter, the module builds on the PDP program introduced in Year 1.
After Part 1, students split into groups for specialized seminars, workshops and demonstrations.

Part 2, Route B (Art History): Aspects of Research Methodology, Writing and Skills.
Route B introduces skills relevant to conducting academic study and research for essay and dissertation writing in Art History and Museum and Gallery Studies. It introduces students to sources of information, generally and at the Hugh Owen and National Libraries. Various research strategies are explained. The mechanics and techniques of good writing, scholarly presentation and the use of appropriate resources, methodologies and patterns of organization for learning are introduced through class-based exercises, projects and group activities. By the end of the module, students will have an awareness of the roles, responsibilities and relationship of student/supervisor, defined a dissertation topic and begun an initial draft in consultation with their elected supervisor. The module provides a forum to discuss problems and share solutions that are common to all students regardless of their dissertation subject.

Aims

This module, designed to help students develop an ethos of professionalism as artists, art historians and museum curators, is in two parts, one per semester. It teaches skills fundamental to communication in an academic and vocational context, introducing skills that will be developed and applied in the context of fine art and art history modules. This is a core module for students of Single Honours Fine Art, Single Honours Art History, Single Honours Museum & Gallery Studies, Joint Honours Fine Art and Art History, Joint Honours Fine Art and Museum & Gallery Studies. Semester 1 covers generic skills and knowledge, whilst in Semester 2, students select specialist pathways: Route A for SH Fine Art, Route B for SH Art History and SH Museum & Gallery Studies. JH students select ONE pathway.

Content

Semester 1: Career Awareness and Skills Development (10 hours)

1. Introduction and Module Rationale
2. Writing Workshop: Catalogue Introductions and Entries, Artist Statements, Biographies
3. Oral Presentations: Presenting a Paper as a Group or Individually
4. Pictures and Pixels: Using and Evaluating Electronic Resources
5. Planning and Designing a PowerPoint Presentation (2 hours)
6. The Gallery: A Curator'r Experience
7. Career Awareness: Careers in the Art World
8. Skills Assessment and CV Writing (followed by PDP tutorial)
9. Introduction to Postgraduate Study (includes forum with current PG students)Semester 2 (10 hours)

Route A: Planning an Exhibition
1. The Artist'r Experience: Making a Living as an Artist
2. Artist Groups, Print Workshops, Studios, Residencies and Funding Opportunities
3. Staging an Exhibition: Practical Considerations
4. Photographing of Works of Art for Record and Print or Electronic Publication
5. Presentation and Display: Mounting, Framing and Hanging an Exhibition

Route B: Dissertation Proposal
1. Finding and Deciding upon a Subject
2. Research Resources at UWA and the National Library of Wales
3. Literature Review
4. Tutorials with Dissertation Supervisors
5. Effective Academic Writing

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Oral discussion and presentation individually and in a group.
Improving own Learning and Performance Self management, meeting deadlines, self directed project work
Information Technology IT and information handling, bibliographic searches for literature review, word processing, PowerPoint presentation, digital imaging
Personal Development and Career planning Development of a career profile. The module is specifically designed to highlight career awareness, transferable skills
Problem solving Conceiving a research project or exhibition proposal
Research skills IT bibliographic searches, conceiving a research project, literature review, exhibition proposal
Team work Group activities, preparation and presentation

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5