Postgraduate taught 

Art History: Collecting & Provenance in an International Context MSc

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.

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.