ARTH 7003 - Art History Research Project: Digital Curation

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

This core 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/online 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 7003
    Course Art History Research Project: Digital Curation
    Coordinating Unit History
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites Completion of 18 units of GDipArtHIst courses including ARTH 7001 or 7001OL
    Restrictions Available to GCertArtHist, GDipArtHist, MA(StArtHist) & MA(CuratMuseumSt) only
    Course Description This core 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/online 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.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate understanding of the various historical and curatorial contexts informing works of art.
    2 Identify, analyse, and intepret past and present works of art.
    3 Critically evaluate and synthesise scholarly arguments in art historical research. 
    4 Communicate knowledge cogently using discipline specific terminology in both art historical and curatorial writing. 
    5 Conceptualise theoretical problems in curatorial practice for application in an online exhibition. 
    6 Work constructively and productively in both independent and cooperative learning activities. 
    7 Curate an online exhibition from conception to completion using appropriate research tools and 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, 2, 3, 4
    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
    3, 5, 6
    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, 6, 7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1-7
    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, 6
    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, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prescribed readings will be available on MyUni as an electronic reading list.
    Recommended Resources
    D'Alleva, Anne. How to Write Art History. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2006.

    Barnet, Sylvan. A Short Guide to Writing About Art. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2010.

    Greenberg, Reesa, Bruce W. Ferguson, Sandy Nairne, Thinking About Exhibitions. London; New York: Routledge, 1996.

    Kalfatovic, Martin R. Creating a Winning Online Exhibition: A Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2001. [BSL E-book]

    Marincola, Paula. What Makes a Great Exhibition? Philadelphia: Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, 2006.
    Online Learning
    MyUni

    Announcements

    Discussion forum

    Structured (formative) learning tasks (in seminars and online) designed to support (summative) assessment tasks

    Wix Guide / PowerPoint presentation tips

    Digitial Image Manipulation Guide

    Shared Curatorial Resources (student submissions)

    External internet resources (museum and gallery websites; image databases)

    BSL (Barr Smith Library) Art History Subject Guide: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/ArtHistory
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course is composed of six face-to-face seminars or workshops on campus and six weeks of independent research (no seminars or workshops on campus) that are supported by structured online learning activities and regular discussions on MyUni, including formal peer review.

    This blended mode of study supports the completion of the (summative) assessment tasks, which collectively build an independent research project that draws on art historical skills and knowledge gained during the Major in Art History and Visual Culture and introduces new practical skills and theoretical knowledge related to curatorial practice for the development of an online exhibition.
    Workload

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

    STRUCTURED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS
    8 x 3-hour weekly seminars 24 hours per semester
    6 hours structured online learning activities per week 72 hours per semester
    96 hours per semester
    SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS
    6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
    6 hours research per week 72 hours per semester
    6 hours assignment preparation per week 72 hours per semester
    TOTAL HOURS = 312 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 0 Pre-course preparation Online resource kit
    Week 1 Course induction Online learning activities
    Week 2 The digital curatorial Technology workshop on campus
    Week 3 Curatorship and exhibition development Online learning activities
    Week 4 What makes an effective exhibition? Seminar on campus
    Week 5 What's your exhibition concept? Seminar on campus
    Week 6 Curatorial research and writing Seminar on campus
    Week 7 The art of argument Seminar on campus
    Week 8 Independent research and writing Online learning activities
    Week 9 Independent research and writing Online learning activities
    Week 10 Independent research and writing Online learning activities
    Week 11 Exhibition showcase Seminar on campus
    Week 12 Independent research and writing Online learning activities
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students in the Graduate Diploma in Art History who are unable to attend the seminars on campus must enrol in the ARTH 7003OL online course.
  • 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

    During semester (before the mid-semester break)

    25% 1, 2, 4, 6
    Online exhibition review Formative and summative During semester 25% 1, 3, 4, 6
    Online exhibition project (research essay and image entries) Formative and summative End of semester 50% 1-7
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must submit all assessment tasks to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment task Description Word count
    Concept proposal Students will be required to write a concept proposal for their online exhibition project. 1,000 words
    Online exhibition review Students will be required to search for an online (art) exhibition (in negotiation with the course coordinator) and write a critical review for peer review and publication on MyUni. 1,000 words
    Online exhibition project (research essay and image entries) Students will be required to write a thematic research essay and image entries for selected works of art featured in their online exhibition using professional standards of curatorial writing. 5,000 words
    Submission
    The Concept Proposal, Online Exhibition Review, and Research Essay assessment task components must be submitted on Turnitin via MyUni 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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