ARTH 3002 - Art History Research Project: Digital Curation

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

This capstone course provides students with an opportunity to consolidate and apply advanced art historical knowledge and skills in an independent research project that introduces fundamental methods and theories of art curatorship in a digital context. Students are equipped to research and interpret (old master and new media) works of art held in local museum and gallery collections or examine public art and street art encountered in Adelaide. The research project is developed throughout semester with a combination of on campus seminars, individual supervision, structured learning modules on Canvas, and culminates in an online exhibition and accompanying catalogue essay. The course enables students to apply art historical skills and use appropriate technological tools in the context of real world visual arts vocations.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTH 3002
    Course Art History Research Project: Digital Curation
    Coordinating Unit History
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Art History at undergraduate level.
    Assumed Knowledge The course is designed as the capstone for the new art history major. Students are expected to have sufficient skills and knowledge developed in the level I, III, and III courses.
    Course Description This capstone course provides students with an opportunity to consolidate and apply advanced art historical knowledge and skills in an independent research project that introduces fundamental methods and theories of art curatorship in a digital context. Students are equipped to research and interpret (old master and new media) works of art held in local museum and gallery collections or examine public art and street art encountered in Adelaide. The research project is developed throughout semester with a combination of on campus seminars, individual supervision, structured learning modules on Canvas, and culminates in an online exhibition and accompanying catalogue essay. The course enables students to apply art historical skills and use appropriate technological tools in the context of real world visual arts vocations.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Lisa Mansfield

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    This blended learning course combines face-to-face seminars with structured online learning activities and pre-recorded lectures.

    Please consult MyUni Canvas for additional information concerning the timetable.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Demonstrate understanding of the various contexts informing works of art.
    2 Identify, analyse, and interpret past and present works of art. 
    3 Critically evaluate and synthesise art historical research.
    4 Communicate knowledge intelligbly and argue persuasively in writing and oral discussion.
    5 Conceptualise theoretical problems creatively and independently in assignments. 
    6 Curate an online exhibition from conception to completion using appropriate digital technologies.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4, 6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 2
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    4, 5 , 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prescribed readings:

    Available electronically on MyUni Canvas or accessible via the Barr Smith Library (BSL) catalogue.
    Recommended Resources
    Barr Smith Library Resource Guide:

    http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/arth 

    Chicago Style Manual (electronic 2017):

    Sign-in via the Barr Smith Library (BSL) catalogue



    Online Learning
    Resources & Guides available on MyUni Canvas:

    Announcements 

    Discussion board (Q&A)

    Pre-recorded lectures (released each week)

    Structured (formative) learning activities designed to support (summative) assessment tasks

    Wix Guide

    Digitial Image Manipulation Guide

    Shared Curatorial Resources (student submissions) 



  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This blended learning course combines face-to-face seminars and workshops on campus with pre-recorded lectures and formative structured learning activities online that support the summative assignments and culminate in the development of a curatorial research project. Emphasis is placed on consolidating and extending foundation art historical skills in reading comprehension, visual literacy, independent thinking, creative problem solving, and critical writing.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    7 x 2 hour face-to-face seminars 24 hours 
    8-10 hours reading and formative online learning activities 120 hours
    12 hours independent research 144 hours 
    12 hours assignment preparation  144 hours 
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 312 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 0 Pre-course preparation Online resource toolkit 
    Week 1 Course induction  Online activities 
    Week 2 The digital curatorial Face-to-face seminar  (technology workshop)
    Week 3 What's your exhibition concept? Face-to-face seminar 
    Week 4 Methods and theories of curatorship  Online activities 
    Week 5 Developing your exhibition proposal  Face-to-face seminar (panel discussion and peer review workshop)
    Week 6 Curatorial research skills  Face-to-face seminar (research workshop) 
    Week 7 How to write like a curator  Face-to-face seminar (writing workshop)
    Week 8 The art of argument  Face-to-face seminar 
    Week 9 Independent research  Online activities 
    Week 10 Independent research  Online activities 
    Week 11 Independent research  Face-to-face seminar  
    Week 12 Independent research Online or on campus  (individual consultations)
    Specific Course Requirements
    This is the capstone level III (third-year) course for the Art History and Visual Culture Major.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small Group Discovery Experiences are delivered in face-to-face seminars in problem-solving activities, peer-review exercises, and panel discussions.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Concept proposal Formative and summative

    Week 4

    10% 1, 4
    Exhibition proposal Formative and summative Week 8 20% 3, 4, 5 
    Catalogue entries  Summative Week 10 20% 1, 2, 4
    Catalogue essay  Summative Week 13 50% 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Completion of the four summative assessment tasks (assignments) is required to the pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Concept proposal 500 words  To stimulate your creative thinking and curatorial imagination, this assignment requires you to write short responses to four prescribed questions (available on MyUni Canvas) as an overview for your online exhibition. 
    Exhibition proposal 1000 words A crucial step in developing an exhibition is a formal proposal. This assignment extends your concept proposal into a viable plan by providing: a description of your exhibition; an overview of the imagined target audience; a draft image checklist; and a draft bibliography. 
    Catalogue entries  1000 words A catalogue entry is a short essay that describes and analyses selected works of art in a collection or exhibition. This assignment requires you to write two (500 word) catalogue entries for two images or objects in your online exhibition. [Footnotes excluded in the word count].
    Catalogue essay 3000 words The catalogue essay is the major textual component that will accompany your online exhibition (digital images and catalogue entries displayed on Wix). This assignment will require to use advanced art historical research skills (evaluation and synthesis of academic sources) and critical writing skills to develop an informed and indepedent argument related to your exhibition concept and themes. [Footnotes included in the word count].
    Submission
    The four summative assessment tasks (assignments) must be submitted via Turnitin on MyUni Canvas (by midnight of the due date).
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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