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MCH8551 : Working on an Art Museum and Gallery Project

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to put into practice the skills and ideas about art curatorship, working with artists & artworks and art education that they are learning throughout the Art Museum and Gallery Studies MA, and to develop their core specialism – the study of art museums and galleries.

Outline Of Syllabus

This practice-based module requires students to work both in teams and individually on MA programme-specific projects designed through discussions between academic staff and stakeholders in the sector. This includes designing and installing an exhibition (online if required); working with artworks and/or artists; devising a developing a curatorial concept; designing and producing educational and interpretive materials.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00Delivered on campus
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion146:0046:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical41:306:00Delivered on campus
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities81:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Delivered on campus
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:3012:00Seminars delivered on campus
Guided Independent StudyProject work146:0046:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study167:0067:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk31:003:00On-campus module introduction; assessment briefings x2 for project+report; module closure
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 in-person lectures and seminars / small-group teaching, designed to allow students to work together on their project. These latter activities typically allow the students to work in smaller groups of ideally 3-4 depending on numbers.

The following section details the different types of teaching methods and their relationship to the module’s learning outcomes:

Module talks: This teaching method will be used to introduce the modules; to brief students about assessment; and about evaluation.

Lecture: This teaching method will be used to achieve all of the knowledge learning outcomes.

Small-group teaching / seminars: This teaching method is intended to allow students to consolidate knowledge learning outcomes and to meet the skills outcomes through critically applying their new knowledge. It also allows students to practice all of the skillsets within the Graduate Skills Framework.

Practical: This is used to apply knowledge and skills through the outcomes of delivering an exhibition or project.

Project work: This is used to support the development and completion of their project assignment and will involve individual and group-based independent study.

Structured research and reading activities: This teaching method enables students to independently deepen knowledge outcomes and to practise all skills outcomes, as well as applying cognitive/intellectual, self-management and interaction skills in particular.

Independent study: This teaching method enables students to independently deepen knowledge outcomes and to practise all skills outcomes, as well as applying cognitive/intellectual, self-management skills in particular.

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 and exhibition outcome. (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 group critique of the project / exhibition and related events.

The final module assessment is divided between a group mark for the exhibition (30%) and an individual reflective report (70%). The exhibition / project, whether physical or online, is designed and installed with the students working collaboratively, in response to a particular venue. The exhibition / project, in the middle of the module, allows for students to design and lead events, and evaluate and 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, which is also assessed and feedback provided.

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