Students on this module can take one of two pathways: completing a dissertation or a professional project. The dissertation is a personal research project of up to 20,000 words on a topic approved by their supervisor. It takes place over the summer period and should involve original research and high-quality formal written presentation of material. The 20,000 limit allows enough space for both analysis and discussion, as well as providing the required detailed account of methods used.
The professional project can take various forms (e.g. exhibition design or catalogue, professional report, guidebook etc). It should meet the professional standards of the field in both content and presentation and be on a topic approved by your supervisor. In addition it should be accompanied by a commentary (5000-15,000 words) which highlights the background, theoretical frameworks and key issues that site the work in the broader academic and professional context. The length of the commentary will depend on the nature of the project and should be approved beforehand by your supervisor.
As part of this module you will also write a research design and give an oral presentation ('pitch') as an opportunity to receive feedback from staff and fellow students.