Dissertation (AHVM005)

60 credits

The dissertation requires you to conceive, plan, research and write-up a research project orientated to the contemporary art world. The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to test your learning, display your subject knowledge and methodological skills, and explore in detail a topic that interests you.

The subject of the dissertation will be negotiated between you and your course tutor. It must be orientated to a subject that falls within the area of study of the International Contemporary Art MA. It will either take the form of an extended academic essay or a portfolio of texts for a hypothetical exhibition. The portfolio must contain the following three elements:

1)     the rationale for the exhibition and its relevance to contemporary curatorial, critical and/or artistic practice;

2)     the introductory catalogue essay for the exhibition;

3)     catalogue entries for a selection of exhibits.

The general form of the submission in either case must be agreed with the dissertation supervisor well in advance of the project – and will be included as part of your dissertation proposal.