MCH8551 : Working on an Art Museum and Gallery Project

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aim of the module is to provide students with opportunities to put into practice the theory and skills they are developing in ‘MCH8502’ by developing projects with particular reference to their core specialism – art museum and gallery studies.

Outline Of Syllabus

This practice-based module allows student to work both in teams and individually on MA programme-specific projects designed through discussions between academic staff and stakeholders in the sector. This may include designing and installing a public exhibition, designing and producing education/learning events and/or materials, developing an exhibition brief and aims, and opportunities to develop personal projects. In this module, the students will build on the knowledge and skills outcomes introduced by ‘MCH8502 – Managing Projects in MCH’

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical36:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops62:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork12:002:00Site Visit
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study169:0069:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will experience scheduled learning and teaching activities, however the majority of their learning on this module comes from guided independent study. The schedule time is mixed between one-hour lectures, two hours workshops, and group practicals of varying length – designed to allow students to work together on their project. These latter activities typically allow the students to work in smaller groups. The module leader offers weekly scheduled office hours (drop in) during the semester the module is on offer.
Lecture – A formal taught session delivered to all students on the module which consists largely of the exposition of theory, themes, methodologies, techniques and histories.
Small group teaching – small group sessions based on reading, set challenges relevant to the project and discussion. Students in workshops will often present their work to the wider group.
Fieldwork – Undertaking work outside the university in order to collect data and develop sector relevant skills e.g. site visits.

Guided Independent Study – This broad category refers to independent student activity and covers a range of activities including reading and preparation, self-directed group work (without staff supervision), or where students are required to take on specific pieces of work.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2A30The public art exhibition and any related materials and/or events, as designed and installed by the students. Group mark.
Report2A70Self-reflective individual report on the project process. (2500 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative assessment - each student is encouraged to keep a journal detailing their contribution to the group project and progress throughout the module. There are also multiple opportunities for the students to give peer feedback during the exhibition process, including a final group critique of the exhibition and any events.

The final module assessment is divided between a group mark for the exhibition (30%) and an individual reflective report (70%). The exhibition is designed and installed by the students, working collaboratively, in a public venue. The exhibition run, in the middle of the module, further allows for students to design and lead related educational events, and to monitor the exhibition in line with sector standards. At the end of the module, the exhibition and any related materials and events will be assessed, and a group mark and feedback will be provided. Each student is also required to submit an individual reflective report, and this too will be assessed and feedback provided.

Reading Lists