Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Professional Practice for Students of Art History
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture Part 1: 8 x 1 hour, 1 x 2 hour
Seminars / Tutorials Part 1: 1 x 15 minute PDP tutorial per student Part 2, Routes A & B: 5 x 2 hours workshop/seminars + 1 x 15 minute tutorial per student


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

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


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.

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.


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


This module is at CQFW Level 5