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Student Exhibition Design ARCH5090

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Final MLitt assessment option to be taken in conjunction with the Work Placement.


Independent study and regular supervision meetings

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Student has completed credits for progression to final assessment

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses

Research Report ARCH5035


Work Placement ARCH5048



6000-8000 word exhibition design but dependent on the medium adopted



In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Course Aims

■ to develop understanding of the range of issues involved in designing an exhibition for a specific venue and context;

■ to provide a rationale for the display and presentation of items of material culture;

■ to introduce students to the various stages in the planning of an exhibition;

■ to promote the acquisition of object-based specialist, conceptual and transferable skills

■  to develop writing skills appropriate to exhibition display, interpretation and design such as the preparation of labels, catalogue entries, text panels and press releases

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Students will be able to:

■ demonstrate a familiarity with the various stages and requirements in the planning and installation of an exhibition;

■ produce research and prepare exhibition texts appropriate to specific objects and show awareness of the target audience;

■ apply an awareness of how objects may be exhibited effectively, appropriate to the space and context of the venue and the character of the objects;

■ Present cogently and coherently the results of their research in an appropriate fashion employing a range of media as necessary;

■ show an awareness of how complex intellectual ideas may be communicated in visual terms

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment.