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Work Placement HISTART5072

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The purpose of the course is to provide valuable work experience in a museum, archive, auction house or other cultural institution, where you can explore a possible future career, while meeting professional practitioners and developing practical skills and experience.


20 days in Semester 2 by arrangement with placement provider

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level


■ Work Diary and Portfolio (75% of assessment).


■ Poster Presentation (25% of assessment). A1 poster and oral presentation summarising key points.

Course Aims

To provide high quality project-based work experience in a particular subject area within an arts-related organisation.
To promote the acquisition of specialist, conceptual and transferable skills.
To provide an opportunity to put into practice some of the knowledge and skills gained during the programme.
To develop skills that may be an advantage in preparing for a wide range of employment, for instance time management, independent learning and problem solving, project evaluation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

Apply relevant knowledge gained during the first semester of the programme to the practical aspects of the work of the placement organisation;
Demonstrate knowledge of the project field and the ability to analyse the material;
Evaluate the key aims, strategies and professional practices of the placement organisation;
Show ability to work effectively as an individual and as a team member, listening and responding perceptively to others;
Organise and evaluate acquired knowledge and skills;
Present in clear written form a project report, work diary and poster preparation in a particular subject area.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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