Module Outline (updated 09.05.18)

Beginning with the 2015 cohort, all students following BA courses in Art History or joint degrees with Art History are required to work on an independent research project (dissertation or curatorial project) in their final year. The capstone is designed by the student and must be approved and then supervised by a member of teaching staff. This module is designed to prepare the second-year student for the capstone project.

Please note that the AR382 full-year capstone is selective; students wishing to take the module must apply with their proposed project in May of their second year. Students whose applications are not successful will instead be enrolled in the 15-credit AR383-AU or AR383-SP module. Students wishing to undertake a curatorial project should take AR347-SP. All students, whether they take AR382, AR383, or AR347 in their final year, must follow the mandatory second-year preparation module, which will result in a clearly defined topic, a research plan, and a bibliography of key texts. Second-year students studying abroad in their third year should follow the module and submit a proposal; however, they may, if they choose, submit a revised proposal in May of their third year.

The aims of the module are:

• to prepare students for the required Art History capstone (AR382, AR383, or AR347)
• to allow second year students to conceive, develop and propose an extended piece of research (either a dissertation or curatorial project) based on a topic which they have chosen themselves
• to produce a clearly defined topic, a research plan, and a bibliography of key texts