Exhibition Catalogue Dissertation HISTART5139P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The Exhibition Catalogue Dissertation offers PGT students in History of Art an opportunity to develop their research and practical skills on a project which takes the format of an exhibition catalogue. It encourages independent work around an exhibition plan, resulting in a critical introduction to the theme of the exhibition as well as cataloguing of the objects according to prevailing professional practices.


Meetings with supervisor on a regular basis.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to College and Masters level.

A candidate will be permitted to progress to preparation of the dissertation, or other substantial independent work required by the degree, only if he or she has obtained an average aggregation score of 12 (equivalent to C3) or above in the taught courses with at least 75% of the credits at Grade D3 or better and all credits at Grade F or above.

Excluded Courses

HISTART5018P - Dissertation


Object Biographies HISTART5124

Collecting and Display HISTART5125


10% - oral presentation at the Postgraduate Symposium

90% - 15,000 word dissertation

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Facilitate the exploration of the students' personal research interests in the field of non-Western art.

■ Promote an engagement with other scholarly, critical, or theoretical arguments relevant to that area;

■ Encourage the application of acquired research skills to a supervised project;

■ Develop skills in exhibition planning and cataloguing.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: 

■ Define, plan and execute a sustained, focused, coherent and original research project, based on exhibition planning and cataloguing;

■ Source, select and critically evaluate appropriate primary and secondary material for their chosen subject area and use this material effectively in the final dissertation;

■ Work independently and maintain professional conduct in relation to any internal or external institutions or partners involved in the project (if relevant);

■ Apply appropriate academic conventions with regard to referencing and provision of bibliographic information;

■ Execute a substantial piece of written work in clear and appropriate academic English, and which demonstrates detailed first-hand knowledge of their chosen area of investigation;

■ Formulate their research ideas through oral presentation

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.