Textile Conservation Placement HISTART5048
- Academic Session: 2019-20
- School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
- Credits: 60
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Summer
- Available to Visiting Students: No
- Available to Erasmus Students: No
Students undertake a full-time 6-8 week work placement in the textile conservation department of a major museum or other cultural institution, at the end of the first year of study.
Full-time for 6-8 weeks, at the end of the first year. There are two preparatory taught sessions and individual tutorials with the placement tutor.
Requirements of Entry
Standard entry to College at Masters level.
ePortfolio - 80%. Students compile the portfolio through the course of the placement. It serves as a record of and reflection on learning, and should provide evidence of attainment of the learning outcomes of the course. The portfolio will be developed under the guidance of the placement tutor. Word count: maximum 8000 words.
Presentation - 20%. Students will give a presentation, focused on their individual placement goals, at the beginning of the second year to an audience of first year students, staff and invited guests.
The placement performance also has to be deemed satisfactory by the supervisor at the host institution.
This course aims to:
■ Provide the opportunity to gain an insight into the 'world of work' through experiencing at first-hand how a conservation institution operates in order to implement its policies and deliver its services
■ Provide the opportunity to understand differences in approach between institutions and to put the learning on the programme in context
■ Consolidate and develop knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of textile conservation through work-based learning
■ Offer opportunities to make contact with colleagues in the field, to explore potential future career paths and to begin to establish a profile within the profession
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ Reflect upon and critically evaluate the role of conservators within a range of cultural heritage organisations
■ Consolidate skills in carrying out preventive and interventive conservation treatments
■ Apply approaches sympathetic to the needs of the host organisation
■ Work effectively and professionally, both independently and as part of a team
■ Apply problem solving to conservation tasks
■ Communicate effectively with a range of specialist and general audiences and using appropriate terminology, both orally, visually, and in writing
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.
Completion of work placement and submission of all assessments as required by placement provider.