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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF2113 Context Responsive Curation: The Organisation of Dirt

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Prof Vanalyne Green

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09


ARTF1020Studio Work
ARTF1041Museum/Country House Studies 1
ARTF1042Museum/Country House Studies 2
ARTF1045A Story of Art I
ARTF1046A Story of Art 2
ARTF2000Stories of Art:An Introduction
CULT1000Introduction to Cultural Analysis 1
CULT1001Introduction to Cultural Analysis II

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module students should have a general sense of the theoretical underpinnings of alternative contemporary curatorial practices, prevailing critiques of connoisseurship, an ability to engage space through ideas and with objects. They should be able to describe works of art, as well as have the ability to write a catalogue essay.

Skills outcomes
- Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument
- Use of audio visual aids
- Participation in-group discussions
- Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual visual information
- Using bibliographies and databases.


This module introduces students to an overview to contemporary curatorial practices, modes of visual display, and the discourses embedded within such activities. This module enables students to thematise their own work within broader contexts and to give them the intellectual repertoire needed to situate their own work and ideas in the public sphere.

The working assumption of this module is that traditional approaches to visual display are inadequate in the context of marginal, orphaned, ephemeral, and raw spaces. Students should complete the module with the necessary insight, skill and experience to engage with a range of spaces and to curate ideas, as well as objects.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

180 hours - reading articles and books, writing a catalogue essay, analysing visual display systems, and identifying or making objects for display.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- attendance
- participation in class discussion
- outline submitted mid-semester
- class presentations.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500- 3,000 words40.00
EssayEssay Outline 2,000 words10.00
PracticalWeb design / blog30.00
ReportText explication 2 x 300-400 words20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/03/2011


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