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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.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Helen Pierce

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Art History (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 Art History.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Project Report/Dissertation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback from the supervisor takes the form of:
Regular meetings at which the student is given oral feedback on their developing ideas. Comments by the supervisor and other students in response to a seminar presentation at the beginning of the second half-session. Written and oral comments on a critical bibliography. Written comments on a specimen piece of dissertation writing submitted in the second half session. Feedback on the dissertation will be issued to students.

Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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