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Course Overview

Your dissertation is intended to give you the opportunity to carry out a piece of sustained research on a topic of your own choice and to demonstrate to the examiners your ability to present the results of such research in a proper, scholarly manner. Your research may be of various kinds.  It may address works of art (or a single work of art) directly, through first-hand study in galleries, museums, or private collections, or it may be of a more literary kind, addressing critical or theoretical problems. Or it might involve both.  Download Course Guide

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mr John Gash

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • History Of Art (HA) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • HA4500 History of Art Dissertation (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course requires 8,000-10,000-word dissertation on an art-historical topic of the student's choice, selected after discussion with the course convener and with the student's allocated supervisor. The topic may deal with painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, and the decorative or applied arts. It need not necessarily be restricted to the areas taught within History of Art.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One 8,000/10,000 word dissertation (100%).

Normally no resit is available.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Feedback takes the form of :

  1. Regular supervision meetings with a supervisor, at which the student is given oral feedback on their developing ideas.
  2. Comments by the supervisor and other students in response to a seminar presentation given by the candidates at the beginning of the second half-session of their fourth year.
  3. Written and oral comments by the supervisor on a critical bibliography submitted by students before the end of February in their final year.
  4. Written comments on a specimen piece of dissertation writing submitted by the student in the first eight weeks of teaching in the second half-session of their final year.
  5. Feedback on the dissertation will be issued to students.

Course Learning Outcomes


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