Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Research Project
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Reading List

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Outcome report 2,500 words  20%
Semester Assessment Project proposal 2,500 words  20%
Semester Assessment Research output  60%
Supplementary Assessment Resit outcome report  20%
Supplementary Assessment Resit project proposal  20%
Supplementary Assessment Resit research output  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

1) explore a chosen research project in its (art) historical contexts and within a theoretical framework

2) conduct primary research using the School of Art collection (or equivalent)

3) contribute to the research and curatorial programme at the School of Art

4) demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the literature in a chosen field

5) establish, sustain and support a clear and focused argument

6) prepare a research proposal and an aural/audio-visual presentations of their project for review

7) respond effectively to staff and peer feedback

Brief description

This module provides students with the opportunity to undertake applied, tutor-negotiated art historical research on a subject related to the School of Art collection and/or the research focus of School of Art staff.
Students become actively involved in the School of Art's collection, its curatorial programme and the development/maintenance of its public database.
The finalised project is to be made available to the public. Publication may take the form of a database, website, exhibition and accompanying catalogue, a study-pack for use by students or school pupils, or a short course in gallery education.


Early in the semester, students deliver a proposal of their project to peers and staff. This presentation is designed to help students define the scope, clarify the objectives and practical uses of their proposed study, as well as to provide them with informed feedback in a supportive atmosphere.
At the end of the semester, students present a paper summarising the outcome of their project.
Students are encouraged to audit and contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate modules including AH11220 Exploring the School of Art Collections, AH32720 Curating an Exhibition, and AH20920 Dissertation Preparation and Professional Practice.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Present a paper to peers and academic staff. Sustaining and negotiating a research project and responding to staff feedback. Informing, enlightening and inspiring the public though applying research.
Improving own Learning and Performance Effective note-taking, debating issues, asking questions and responding to feedback.
Information Technology Making effective use of IT for research and the dissemination of its findings.
Personal Development and Career planning Demonstrating professionalism, diligence and commitment while carrying out independent research, as well as an ability to negotiate a project, meet deadlines and respond effectively to feedback.
Problem solving Working out strategies of dealing effectively with unfamiliar, current and emerging practices in museums and galleries. Negotiating the research project with the supervisor.
Research skills Accessing, assessing and documenting sources relevant to a chosen project. Understanding and using museum databases.
Subject Specific Skills Observing, describing, analysing, interpreting and contextualising primary sources (works of art, archives, databases) using subject-specific secondary sources (theory, criticism, art history) to underpin research project.
Team work Working with academic, curatorial and technical colleagues.


This module is at CQFW Level 7