Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Museum Placement 2

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will involve students directly in the Museum's operations, working alongside Museum workers for sessions during which they will be expected to observe, research and analyse various areas that reflect Museum practice.

The study-unit will be structured as follows:

- 2 hour lecture on the operational aspect of the Museum;
- 1 hour tour of the Museum;
- 14 hours of fieldwork shadowing Museum personnel and collecting data for their presentation and assignment which must focus on the two main areas*;
- 2 hour concluding seminar during which each student will deliver a presentation and submit an assignment.
The presentation should be linked to the assignment and demonstrate its main points.

*The areas will be the Museum & its Publics and Art Historical Research on a selected artefact in the Museum.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit is intended to give final year History of Art students an in-depth experience of working in a Museum which contains collections of Fine and Decorative Arts.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Understand the basic principles which define a Museum's operations, enabling him/her to choose the aspect which is of greatest personal interest in order to eventually pursue studies or commence a career in that area.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Clearly assess and critically discuss the various aspects of Museum practice he/she would have participated in;
- Suggest alternative best practice models, based on comparative studies undertaken with other Museums;
- Demonstrate effectively how he/she can work in a team;
- Present in clear and concise language the experience gleaned, the research undertaken and the innovative proposals for alternative models of best practice.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lectures, Seminars and Placement

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (30 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 25%
Reflective Diary SEM2 Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Francesca Balzan

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