ARTH 3002 - Art History Research Project: Digital Curation
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018
General Course Information
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 Coordinator: Dr Lisa Mansfield
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.
Course Learning OutcomesOn 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
Required ResourcesPrescribed readings:
Available electronically on MyUni Canvas or accessible via the Barr Smith Library (BSL) catalogue.
Recommended ResourcesBarr Smith Library Resource Guide:
Chicago Style Manual (electronic 2017):
Sign-in via the Barr Smith Library (BSL) catalogue
Online LearningResources & Guides available on MyUni Canvas:
Discussion board (Q&A)
Pre-recorded lectures (released each week)
Structured (formative) learning activities designed to support (summative) assessment tasks
Digitial Image Manipulation Guide
Shared Curatorial Resources (student submissions)
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis 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.
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 RequirementsThis is the capstone level III (third-year) course for the Art History and Visual Culture Major.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSmall Group Discovery Experiences are delivered in face-to-face seminars in problem-solving activities, peer-review exercises, and panel discussions.
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Concept proposal Formative and summative
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 RequirementsCompletion of the four summative assessment tasks (assignments) is required to the pass the course.
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].
SubmissionThe four summative assessment tasks (assignments) must be submitted via Turnitin on MyUni Canvas (by midnight of the due date).
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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
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